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Guillaume De Fontenay

Director | Screenwriter

Award-winning commercial director Guillaume de Fontenay has helmed over two hundred spots over the course of his career with brands that include Pepsi, Bailey’s, Honda, Dodge, Toyota, Kellogg’s and many more.

Guillaume de Fontenay began working in theater, then advertising as an art director. His multi-faceted and important theater background gives him a unique artistic vision and meticulous directorial approach. He has won multiple awards for his advertising work in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, including The Ad Council Gold Bell, three Silver Screen Award at the US International Film & Video Festival, Cassie Awards Grand Prix and many Gold, several Prix Crea, an FWA, two Marcus Awards from the European Car Advertising Film Festival.

In addition to directing commercials, de Fontenay has also designed large-scale exhibits “Warhol Live,” one of the biggest Warhol retrospectives to date, produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

His short film The Return_Triptych as been presented at Clermont-Ferrand and in different festival around the world.

He is now working on two feature films in development : Bras Coupé and Tazmamart. His first feature film, Sympathie pour le Diable (Sympathy for the Devil) is now touring festivals and will be released in November 2019.

Filmography

Sympathie pour le Diable

2019

Feature film
Director and co-screenwriter with Guillaume Vigneault and Jean Barbe
An adaptation of the stories of war reporter Paul M. Marchand in Sarajevo in 1992-1993
Production Monkey Pack & Go Films
*3 Nomination at the Canadian Screen Awards : 2020 John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award : Guillaume de Fontenay | 2020 Adapted Screenplay : Guillaume de Fontenay, Guillaume Vigneault & Jean Barbe | 2020 Achievement in Visual Effects : Benoît Brière, Kinga Sabela

Awards

César : First film, eligible in all categories – France, 2020
Festival International du Film de Saint-Jean-de-Luz – Grand Prize | People’s choice award | Youth jury award | Interpretation award (Neils Schneider) – France, 2019
Festival de Cinéma Jean Carmet 2019 : Public’s choice award for best supporting actress, (Ella Rumpf)
FESTIVALS
Prix Bayeux Calvados-Normandie des correspondants de guerre 2019 : Official selection
Festival International du Film de Saint-Jean-de-luz 2019 : Official selection
Festival de Cinéma Jean Carmet 2019 : Official selection
Waterloo Historical Film Festival 2019 : Official selection
Mostra de Valencia 2019 : Official selection
Arras Film Festival 2019 : Official selection
Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2019 : Official selection
Rencontres du cinéma francophone en Beaujolais 2019 : Official selection
Festival Cinémania 2019 : Official selection

Tazmamart

In development

Feature film
Director and co-screenwriter with Jean Barbe
Inspired by the book « Tazmamort » by Aziz BineBine
Production Monkey Pack Film

Bras Coupé

In development

Feature film
Director and co-screenwriter with Jean Barbe, Marcel Beaulieu & Dominique Desrochers
Inspired by the book « Le Bras coupé » by Bernard Assiniwi
Production Monkey Pack Film

The Return_Triptych

2013

Short film – 45 min
Director and screenwriter
Sold to TV5 (2014) & TFO (2013)

Awards

Festival international du court-métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, 2013
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, 2013
21st Edition of Ozu Film Festival, 2013
Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, 2013
Festival Cinémania, 2013
Regard sur le court au Saguenay, 2013

Rut

1997

Short film – 15 min
Director and screenwriter
Brutal encounter between a man and a woman
Adaptation of the book « L’Homme Assis dans le Couloir » by Marguerite Duras.

Awards

"Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Technologique de Montréal" Official selection

Theatre

Theatre company Ex-Voto

1992-1997

Founder and artistic director

Vingt Ans

1995

Assistant director
Created by Gilles Maheu
Usine C, Montreal

La Foret

1994

Assistant director
Created by Gilles Maheu
Carrefour international de théâtre, Québec, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Mexico, National Theatre of Mexico, Mexico, Espace Libre, Montreal

Matróchka

1993

Creator, director and scenographer
Presented at Monument-National

Mort à Crédit

1990

Director and scenographer
Created by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Presented in an appartment open to the public in East Montreal

La Femme aux Chrysanthèmes

1989

Creator and director
Presented at Hangar #3 at Monteal’s Old Port

La Grande-duchesse de Gérolstein

1987

Assistant director
Directed by Luc Dessois
Opéra royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium

Actor

Rivage à l’Abandon

1990-1991

Actor
Created by Gilles Maheu
Inspired by texts from Heiner Müller
Presented at the Théâtre de Liège (Belgium) and at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal

Scenography

Warhol Live!

2009

Exhibition
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal