March 24, 2023


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Quebec Cinema Gala: Radio-Canada Takes the Block

Quebec Cinema Gala: Radio-Canada Takes the Block

There is continued movement in the world of awards shows as Radio-Canada announced today that it will no longer broadcast the Gala Quebec Cinema after TVA dropped the Gala Arts.

“It’s a very sad day for Quebec cinema,” lamented producer Roger Frappier this evening (Great fainting), the inspiration for a gala created in 1999 named Jutra Awards Evening.

“I find this unacceptable on Radio-Canada’s part. The gala has been declining year after year. For me, the decision to move the event from February to June was the beginning of the end. [en 2017]. This is a big mistake. »

Same disappointment on the part of producer Christian LaRouche (Louis Cyr), who was one of the founders of Kala.

“I was kind of expecting it, but it’s really sad,” he said. It is a disgrace to the profession. The Gala may not have been the best, but it was still an interesting showcase for our cinema. »

Radio-Canada confirms he raised the possibility at a meeting after last gala Postmortem With Quebec cinema, the Iris Awards ceremony can no longer be broadcast. Ratings for the festival continued to decline over the years. The poverty of the texts is also often criticized.

“The Long Disappointment”

Instead of a gala, the public broadcaster wants to offer a special series of shows and interviews to draw attention to Quebec cinema next year. program good evening! By Jean-Philippe Wauthier, a concept that has not yet been defined should highlight local cinema.

Quebec Cinema responded earlier in the evening to express “its deep disappointment” and to ask Radio-Canada to “reconsider its decision.”

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Joined this evening, Sylvie Quenneville, general manager of Quebec Cinema, says she still hopes Radio-Canada will reconsider its decision and think together to find a new formula for the gala. She also did not rule out the idea of ​​finding another broadcaster.

“It will be 25e Gala’s anniversary in 2023. It would be a shame not to be able to celebrate it,” he underlines.

– with QMI Agency