Jay Du Temple will host the Gala Québec Cinéma, which will be broadcast for the first time on Noovo on December 10. This edition will also mark the 25th anniversary of this evening, which rewards excellence in local cinema.
“I am very excited to host the Quebec Cinema gala. I am grateful for the trust given to me. My goal is to celebrate the Quebec cinema community at the height of the talent of its artists and craftsmen, by making the public want to see the creations from here, “briefly commented the host Monday at a press conference.
This anniversary gala will be presented on Noovo on December 10. It will be marked by a change in the tone and content of the show, as the broadcaster “wants to make it a party”. “Our goal is to celebrate our cinema with the Quebec public. And Jay Du Temple seems to me the ideal person for that, ”believes Patrick Roy, chairman of the board of directors of Quebec Cinema.
Recall that Radio-Canada had declared last October that the Gala Québec Cinéma would no longer be broadcast on its airwaves, preferring the implementation of another strategy to promote cinema and local artists.
At a time when TV gala audiences are in decline around the world, how do you get the general public in front of your screen? “People love good galas. If the gala is good, they’ll watch it,” Roy replies. The latter believes that the decline in gala ratings “is linked to the pandemic”. “The gala is an event that has a huge impact on the life of the films on screen and those to come,” he says
Present at the press conference, the Minister of Culture and Communications, Mathieu Lacombe, announced that the Quebec government will extend $600,000 to allow the Gala Québec Cinéma to be broadcast in December, as well as the following two years. “This is a file close to my heart. The relevance of Quebec films is recognized around the world. I had been concerned since the announcement of the withdrawal from the television broadcast. This is very good news for Quebec cinema and its industry,” said the Minister to explain the importance of this “investment” by the Government.
“Without the collaboration of the ministry, the Gala at Noovo would not have been possible,” said Suzane Landry. The Vice-President, Content Development, Programming and Information at Bell Media adds that the Gala Québec Cinéma, produced by Sphère Média, in collaboration with Bell Média and Québec Cinéma, will be festive, accessible and entertaining. “The choice of Jay Du Temple goes with the tone we want to give to the gala, which is one of closeness with people Hence the choice of a curious host, with a sense of humor, who joins a wide audience. »
For Suzane Landry, this new partnership with Quebec Cinema is natural: “Bell buys around twenty Quebec films a year, and the company invests in original series, both with Crave and Noovo”.
Patrick Roy is also delighted that the gala will be broadcast at the end of the year, just before the holidays. “The gala is an event that has a huge impact on the life of films on screen and those to come. Our artisans want to get involved in this film festival. It will be like the Christmas party of the Quebec film industry! “, he illustrates.
“Jay Du Temple immediately accepted the invitation from Québec Cinéma,” said Marie-Pier Gaudreault of Sphère Média. She met the host at Occupation Double, when she worked for Productions J. “Jay is very enthusiastic. He’s not just going to liven up the evening; he also wants to get involved in content with the team,” she says.
The award ceremony will be held live from Grandé studios in Montreal. Exceptionally, the eligibility period will be 18 months. All films released in theaters between March 6, 2022 and August 31 will be eligible to apply. A craftsmen’s gala, not broadcast, will also be held in December on a date to be determined.
In addition, Patrick Roy said that Quebec Cinema will soon announce an appointment to the general management of the organization, a position vacant since the departure of Sylvie Quenneville, last April.