Maxime Giroux


Maxime Giroux began his career by making over 100 video clips for Quebecois, Canadian and French artists. He then turned to advertising and worked for prestigious brands. He now has more than 100 advertisements to his credit. Concurrently, Maxime Giroux has directed several short films, including Red (Le rouge au sol) and The Days (Les jours), which have been shown at over fifty festivals. The films have won some fifteen international awards, including best short film at TIFF and the FNC, and a 2007 Genie Award for best short film. Tomorrow (Demain), his first feature film, was selected for official competition at Torino and earned a special jury mention at Tübingen. Jo for Jonathan (Jo pour Jonathan), his second feature film, had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010. It then screened at some forty film festivals. Along the way, it won the Prix GillesCarle for best film at the RVCQ, the Prix AQCC for best film at the FNC, the Cinema and the City Award at Thessaloniki, the best film award at the Gotham Film Festival and two best actor awards for Raphaël Lacaille at Gotham and Whistler. He directed a short film called Head Down (La tête en bas) in 2013, before shooting his third feature film Félix & Meira, Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and is in official competition at the San Sebastian festival. It is then presented in more than sixty festivals where he won more twenty prizes. The film comes out in theaters on over fifteen territories including France, the United States, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and Taiwan. In September 2015, Felix & Meira tapped as Canada’s Oscar foreign-language film contender 2016

In September 2018, Maxime’s new feature film, The Great Darkened Days (La grande noirceur) is selected to be presented in World Premiere at TIFF.


The Great Darkened Days (La grande noiceur)

TIFF September 2018 World Premiere

Fiction | 94 min
Director & Screenwriter
Production: Metafilms

Félix & Meira


Fiction | 105 min | DCP | 2 :35 | couleur
Director & screenwriter
Production: Metafilms
Tapped as Canada's Oscar foreign-language film contender 2016


Laureate of the Best Screenplay (Alexandre Laferrière, Maxime Giroux) & Film achieving the most success outside Quebec - Quebec Cinema Awards Canada, 2016
Best film - 16e Festival international du film d'Aubagne, France, 2015
Best Canadian Feature Film et Best Music - 27e Festival du film international de Baie-Comeau, Canada, 2015
Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Cinematography - Best Screenplay et Best Actor, 14th Whistler Film Festival, Canada, 2014
Best Actress and Best Actor - 32th Torino Film Festival, Turin, Italia, 2014
Public Award - 4e Festival Arte Mare de Bastia, Corse, 2014
Best Actress et Prix du Best Actor - 34e Festival International du Film d'Amiens, France, 2014
Prix La Vague UNIS du Meilleur film Canadien - 28e Festival International de cinéma francophone en Acadie, Canada, 2014
La Louve d'Or - FNC, Montreal, Quebec, 2014
Prix Tobias Szpancer for the Best film in Between Judaism and Israelism section - 30th Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2014
Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film - 38th TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), Canada, 2014
Nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Hadas Yaron), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Luzer Twersky) - Canadian Screen Awards, 2016
Nominated for: Best Director, Best Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hadas Yaron), Best Cinematography and Best Art Director
Tapped as Canada’s Oscar foreign-language film contender 2016
12th Jewish Culture in Copenhagen, Danemark, 2016
16th French Film Festival, Islande, 2016
30th Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival at the JCC, New York, États-Unis, 2016
1st Greenwich JCC Davis Film Festival, Connecticut, États-Unis, 2016
21st Vilnius International Film Festival, Lituanie, 2015
39e Al cuore dei conflitti, Italie, 2015
38th Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brésil, 2015
19th Lima International Film Festival (Around the World in 8 Days Section) Pérou, 2015
7th FICS Santander, Colombie, 2015
4th Bucharest Jewish Film Festival, Roumanie, 2015
23rd Vienna Jewish Film Festival, Autriche, 2015
18th UK Jewish Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2015
23rd Camerimage, Turquie, 2015
4th Budapest Jewish Film Festival, Hongrie, 2015
5th Berlin Favourites International Film Festival, Allemagne, 2015
10th Teaneck International Film Festival, New Jersey, États-Unis, 2015
15th Nashville Jewish Film Festival, Texas, États-Unis, 2015
24th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, Californie, États-Unis, 2015
18th Shanghai Film Festival, Chine, 2015
1st Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Russie, 2015
18th National Center for Jewish Film WOM - Kendall, États-Unis, 2015
11th White River Indie Film Festival, États-Unis, 2015
17th RiverRun Film Festival, Winston Salem, États-Unis, 2015
22nd Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival, Pittsburgh, États-Unis, 2015
7th Trenton Foreign Film Festival, Trenton, États-Unis, 2015
16th Wisconsin Film Festival, États-Unis, Wisconsin, 2015
34th Minneapolis St Paul Film Festival, États-Unis, 2015
17th Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, États-Unis, 2015
20th Vilnius International Film Festival, Grèce, 2015
19th Hartford Jewish Film Festival, Hartford, États-Unis, 2015
39th Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, États-Unis, 2015
1st Muestra de Cine de Quebec, Mexico, Mexique, 2015
3rd Annapolis Film Festival, Annapolis, États-Unis, 2015
22nd Febiofest International Film Festival, Prague, République Tchèque, 2015
16e Festival du film francophone, Athène, Grèce, 2015
32nd Miami International Film Festival, Miami, États-Unis, 2015
14th Westchester Jewish Film Festival, Pleasantville, États-Unis, 2015
19th Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, Tampa Bay, États-Unis, 2015
30th Festival International de Cine de Guadalajara (Panorama International Section), Mexique, 2015
4th Sun Valley Film Festival, Sun Valley, États-Unis, 2015
3rd Jewish Film and cultural Festival of Lisbon, Lisbonne, Portugal, 2015
25th Washington Jewish Film Festival, Washington, 2015
38th Goteborg International Film Festival, Suède, 2015
25th San Diego Jewish Film Festival, San Diego, États-Unis, 2015
38th Portland International Film Festival, Portland, États-Unis, 2015
16th Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, États-Unis, 2015
24th New York Jewish Film Festival, New-York, États-Unis, 2015
26th Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, États-Unis, 2015
16e Festival du film juif de Jérusalem, Israel, 2014
12th Whistler Film Festival, British Columbia, Canada, 2014
18th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2014
32nd Torino Film Festival (International Competition), Turin, Italie, 2014
18e Cinéma du Québec à Paris, France, 2014
4e Festival Arte Mare de Bastia, Corse, 2014
34e Festival International du Film d'Amiens (Compétition internationale), France, 2014
28th Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie, Nouveau Brunswick, Canada, 2014
20th Cucalorus Film Festival, Caroline du Nord, États-Unis, 2014
26e Festival International du Film Francophone de Tübingen-Stuttgart (Horizons), Allemagne, 2014
10th Windsor Film Festival, Ontario, Canada, 2014
9th Rome Film Market, Italie, 2014
38th Sao Paulo International Film Festival (International Perspective Section), Brésil, 2014
16th Mumbai Film Festival (World Cinema Section), Inde, 2014
30th Warsaw Film Festival (International Competition), Pologne, 2014
43e Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Compétition internationale), Montréal, Québec, 2014
30th Haifa International Film Festival (International Competition), Israel, 2014
50th Chicago International Film Festival, Illinois, États-Unis, 2014
28e Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Compétition officielle), Belgique, 2014
22th Hamburg Film Festival, Allemagne, 2014
62th San Sebastian Film Festival (Official selection), San Sebastian, Spain, 2014
38th Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema competition) Ontario, Canada, 2014

Head Down (La tête en bas)


Fiction | 29 min | HD | 1.85 :1 | couleur
Director & screenwriter
Production: Metafilms


Blue Angel for Best Short Film, 22th Art Film Fest, Slovak Republic, 2014 Festivals
22th Art Film Fest, International Competition of Short Films, Slovak Republic, 2014
18e Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay, Chicoutimi, Québec, 2014
32e Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, Montréal, Québec, 2014
15th MECAL, International Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona, Spain, 2013
28th Festival International du Film Francophone, Namur, Belgique, 2013
18th Milano Film Festival, Milano, Italia, 2013
42e Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Québec, 2013

Jo for Jonathan (Jo pour Johathan)


Fiction | 81 min | HD | 1.85 :1 | couleur
Director & screenwriter
Production: Metafilms
Reprise Films et Nouveau Film

Tomorrow (Demain)


Fiction | 104 min | 35 mm | 2.35 :1 | couleur
Director & screenwriter
Production: Nufilm

The Days (Les jours)


Fiction | 26 min| HD | color
Director & screenwriter
Production: Nufilm


Best Canadian Film Short Cuts Award -TIFF 2006
Best Short Film – Montreal FNC, 2006
Nominated for Best Short Film - Jutra Awards

Red (Le rouge au sol)


Fiction | 16 min | DD | couleur
Production: Nufilm


Genie Award, Best Live Action Drama, Canada, 2007



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