Sébastien Pilote

Sébastien Pilote


If “Poetic Realism” did not exist, I wish I had created it. It is my dogma.    


Sébastien Pilote was born in 1973. He grew up in St. Ambroise, a Saguenay-region village, before moving to Chicoutimi, where he still lives. After earning his degree in art and film (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi), he worked as a programmer for the Regard sur le court métrage short-film festival in Saguenay and as a director of television news reports. In 2007, he directed DUST BOWL HA! HA!, a short film that earned him acclaim at several festivals. It was shown in competition at Locarno and at the Toronto, Bilbao, Siena, Geneva, Guanajuato, and Seoul festivals. It won several awards, including the AQCC (Quebec film critics’ association) award, best short (Louve d’argent) at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, the Grand Prix Prends ça court ! and the Grand Prix at the Barcelona short film festival. The film was also nominated for the Jutra for best short film. Sébastien Pilote has always wanted to stay close to his roots, and is committed to exploring daily life in his region. LE DEMANTLEMENT is his second feature which won him the SACD Prize at Cannes Critic's Week. THE FIREFLIES ARE GONE is his mother recent film which premiered at TIFF and won the Best Canadian Feature Film.

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