Jean-François Caissy

Jean-François Caissy



Jean-François Caissy, born in the village of Saint-Omer on Quebec’s Gaspé peninsula, is an independent filmmaker and visual artist.

His first feature-length documentary was 2005’s critically acclaimed LA SAISON DES AMOURS. As an artist-in-residence for Les Films de L’Autre, he next directed LA BELLE VISIT (2009), the first of his films to earn him international attention. It had its world premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, received best documentary nominations for both the Jutra and Genie awards, and was selected for numerous festivals around the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, Visions du Réel in Switzerland and Hot Docs in Toronto.

Trained as a photographer, Caissy is also a visual arts practitioner, and has had several gallery showings of his work. In 2006 and 2007, he created videos for the plays Under Construction and Nager en surface, both presented at the Espace Go theatre in Montreal. More recently, his video installation Derby (2011) was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec. GUIDELINES (2014), his third documentary feature, will be screened at the 64th Berlinale. It marks his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

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