(Montreal) The memory of Quebec actor Michel Côté, killed in late May by a bone marrow disease, will be honored by the Outaouais Film Festival with a change of designation of the most prestigious recognition of the event.

The grand prize will now be called the Grand Prix Michel Côté, members of the festival’s board of directors have announced.

“It is with the enthusiastic agreement of the family that this award changes its name in testimony to the special friendship that Michel Côté had for the Outaouais Film Festival,” the organization said in a press release.

“This year, the Outaouais Film Festival has dedicated the 24th edition to his memory and we will be very proud to maintain Michel’s lively and brilliant spirit, his storytelling skills, his laughter, his memory through this award,” said festival founder Didier Farré. Follower and faithful friend of the FFO, it is quite natural that this change pays tribute to Michel in a lasting and official way. »

The Grand Prize of the festival is awarded after a public vote. “With this award, the Outaouais Film Festival hopes to bring to cinephiles all the joy that Michel inspired, his elegance, the diverse choices of his films, but also all the inspiration and happiness he offered. to the next generation and to the public,” added Mr. Ferré in a press release.

A special event dedicated to the late, award-winning actor will be included in the lineup for the next festival, which will take place from April 4 to 13, 2024.