Jean-François Asselin

Director | Screenwriter

With his first short films, Jean-François Asselin was an immediate success and won a shower of awards including the Viacom Canada prize awarded to the most promising director at the 1997 World Film Festival and the Claude-Jutra prize awarded by the AQCC to the most promising young filmmaker. His latest short film, Remember Me, has been a finalist since its release in October 2013 and has won numerous awards here and internationally. Déformation Personnelle has also won more than twenty awards at festivals around the world. Inspired by this latest film, he scripted and directed François En Série, 22 episodes for television. Nominated 15 times at the Gemini Awards Gala and winner of the 2007 Best Comedy Series, this series has also sold in numerous international markets. In addition to advertising, Jean-François has directed the popular series Les Pêcheurs (Martin Petit) and Plan B which he co-wrote with his accomplice Jacques Drolet which Louis Morissette has the lead role, also sold to worldwide. His feature debut Nous sommes les autres, starring Émile Proulx-Cloutier, Pascale Bussières and Jean-Michel Anctil, is nominated for 4 categories at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards and continues his tour

Filmography

Nous sommes les autres

2017

Feature film
Co-Screenwriter, Director
Item 7 | Christal Films | Les Films Séville (eOne)

L'homme qui a peur

In development

Feature film
Screenwriter, Director

Mal élevé

In development

Feature film
Screenwriter, Director (adapted from the novel by Stéphane Dompierre)

Remember Me (Mémorable-moi)

2013

Short film, 35 mm, 25 min
Screenwriter, Director

Awards

5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2015, New Dehli – Best Editing
Festival Vues dans la fête de… 2015 – Public choice
4ème édition du Kaohsiung Film Festival 2014, Taiwan – Fantasy Fireball Award
Festival Vitesse Lumière 2014, Québec – Météor du Jury Planétaire
Mascara & Popcorn Film Festival 2014 – Best Scenario Award
Fantasia 2014 – Prix argent
Yorkton Film Festival 2014 – Mention for Short Subject category
Festival Les étranges nuits du cinéma 2014, Suisse – 1er prix
Festival Regard sur le court 2014 – Prix du meilleur scénario canadien
Prends ça court 2014 – Prix Parce Que Films, Prix TALENT TOUT COURT, Prix Air
Canada, Grand Prix PHI Films et une mention spéciale du jury
Canadian Screen Awards – nominated for Best Short Film
Thesis International Short Film Festival 2013 – Cinematic Achievement Award
Official Selection at TIFF 2013
Fantastic Fest d’Austin 2013, Texas – Best Horror Short Film
Thess International Film Festival, 2013, Athens, Greece – Cinematic Achievement Award
Knoxville Horror Film Festival 2013, USA – Best Actor Émile Proulx-Cloutier
Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2013, Canada – Best Canadian Film
Festival international du court métrage de Lille 2013, France – People's Choice Album
FCIAT 2013 Rouyn Noranda, Québec– Télé-Québec Espace Court Award
Festival du Court Métrage de Mont-Tremblant 2013, Quebec – Lumière du Québec Award
FFISS 2013, St-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada – Best Quebec Film
Image en Vues 2013, îles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada – Grand Prix
SODEC Cinéma du Québec à Paris 2013– 17th Edition Official Competition
Yorkton Film Festival - Best Short Subject
4th Kaohsiung Film Festival - Tawain 2014 - Fantasy Fireball Award
FESTIVALS
Interfilm 31st International Short Film Festival 2015, Berlin
Cineseptiembre 2015, Mexique
Plymouth Film Festival 2015, United Kingdom
Landshut Short Film Festival 2015, Allemagne
1ère édition du Cannes Underground Film Festival
Festival Courts devant 2014, Paris
Festival Fancine de Malaga 2014, Espagne
Festival du film court francophone Un poing c’est court 2014, France
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Festival Vilnius Film Shorts 2014, Lithuanie
Offline Film Festival 2014, Irlande
Milano Film Festival 2014, Milan
Festival Motelx 2014, Portugual
Rome International Film Festival 2014, Georgie
Festival Off-courts de Trouville 2014, Canada
Festival de Cinéma des gens d’ici 2014, Canada
Festival FAST 2014, Sorel
Postira Seaside Film Festival 2014, Croatie
Festival Juste Pour Rire 2014, Montréal
Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2014
Calgary Underground Film Festival
23rd annual Florida Film Festival 2014
Festival du court-métrage de Bruxelles 2014
Festival International du Film de Guadalajara 2014
Boston underground Film Festival 2014
Les rendez-vous du cinéma québecois 2014
Florida Film Festival 2014
Festival International du court métrage – Programme C1 ‘’Québec Gold 2014’’
Whistler Film Festival
Cucalorus: Annual Festival of Independent Film 2013, USA
Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie 2013
Interfilm: International Short Film Festival 2013, Berlin

Déformation personnelle

2003

Short film, 21 min
Screenwriter, Director

Awards

Over 25 international Awards:
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Canada- 2007 - ?Best Quebec short film in the years 2000
Muskegon Film Festival, Michigan, USA- 2004 - People’s Choice Award, Best short film
Festival Court 18 de Paris, France- 2003 - Beaumarchais Grant, Best Screenplay
Festival Fantasia, Montreal, Canada- 2003 - Best Director, Vision-Globale/Kodak Award
Brussels International Fantastic Film, Belgium- 2003- Public’s Choice Award, Best Actor
Brooklyn International Film Festival, USA – 2003 - Public’s Choice Award
Just for Laugh Festival Montreal, Canada- 2003?- Public’s Choice
Art qui fait boum! Montreal, Canada- 2003 - Public’s Choice
Festival du court métrage de Trouville, France- 2003 - Public’s Choice
Festival international du cinéma de Rouyn-Noranda, Canada - 2003 - Télébec Award, Best Short Film
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois- 2000 - Claude-Jutra OFQJ Award, Best
Upcoming Cinematographer
Jutra Awards, Montreal, Canada - 2000 - Nominee for Best Short Film
Broadcasting rights bought by Société Radio-Canada

La petite histoire d’un homme sans histoire

1999

Short film, 24 min
Screenwriter, Director

Awards

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Canada- 2000 - Claude-Jutra AQCC, Best Upcoming Cinematographer
Jutra Awards, Montréal, Canada - 2000 - Nominee for Best Short Film

TELEVISION

Plan B 2

In development

Drama TV Series
Director and Co-Screenwriter with Jacques Drolet

Plan B

2017

Drama TV Series
Director and Co-Screenwriter with Jacques Drolet
KOTV | Série +
FORMAT SOLD WORLDWIDE

La grande illusion

In development

Drama TV serie
Co-Screenwriter, Director

Les Pêcheurs I et II

2013 - 2015

Sitcom, 13x30 min
Director
Juste pour rire (Just for Laughs) | ICI Radio-Canada Tele

Nos étés IV

2007

TV Series, Drama, Set in 1950- 1979, 4 x 60 min
Director

François en série I & II

2005 - 2007

TV Series, Comedy, 22x30 min
Co-Screenwriter, Director
FORMAT SOLD WORLDWIDE

Awards

Gémeaux Awards, Montreal, Canada- 2007 - Best Comedy Series
Mipcom, Cannes, France- 2007 - Best Scripted Format
Ruban d’or- 2007 Best Pan-Canadian Series
Gémeaux Awards, Montreal, Canada 2007 - 7 nominations
Gala des Oliviers, Montreal, Canada- 2007 - 1 nomination
Rome Fiction Festival, Italy- 2007 - Official Selection
Gémeaux Awards, Montreal, Canada- 2006 - 8 nominations

La vie rêvée de Mario Jean

2004

TV Series, Comedy, 6 x 30 min
Director

Awards

Gémeaux Awards, Montreal, Canada- 2005 - Nomination, Best Director, comedy

Ciao Bella

2004

TV Series, Comedy, Double shoot French/English, 5x30 min
Director

Awards

Gémeaux Awards, Montreal, Canada 2004 - 7 nominations
Gemini Awards, Toronto, Canada 2004 - 5 nominations

Web

Les jours

2006

Fiction 26 min HD color
Director, screenwriter

Fabrique-moi un conte

Director for one episode of the webserie

Advertising

Directed over 100 ads

Including: Nissan, Fondation Chagnon, Rogers, Home Depot, Volkswagen, Desjardins, Fromages d’ici, Fédération des Producteurs de Porc du Québec, Loto-Québec, Barreau du Québec, Emploi Québec, Scouts de Montréal, Journal de Montréal, Alexander’s Keith, Molson EX, Réno-Dépôt