REGARD - Saguenay International Short Film Festival



REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival is the most important short film festival in North America. Each year, the event, which was founded in 1995 in Saguenay (Quebec, Canada) presents around 200 international and Quebec short films. This is a gateway to the Americas for short films and an international launch pad for Canadian cinema. The magic of REGARD lies in its atmosphere, in the warm welcome to the international guests and festival-goers, as well as in the diversity of the programming. In addition to the screening sessions, which mainly take place in Chicoutimi and Jonquière, a plethora of activities surround the event. Moviegoers and laymen appreciate what has made the success of REGARD for two decades.

Each year, our Short Film Market gathers about 300 professionals (directors, producers, domestic and international purchasers, distributors, journalists, screenwriters) who present their films to the public or participate in the profesional activities (workshops, panel discussions, master classes, etc.).

Event date

11.03.2020 ⟶ 15.03.2020

REGARD is the host of an official competition and of a parallel competition including also a thematic selection. Scholarships and services worth over $86 000 will be presented to laureate filmmakers. Grand Prizes within the official competition are eligible for Oscar®-selection. REGARD’s jury consists of six different juries that  award the competition prizes.

Event Adress (map)
114 rue Bossé
QC G7H 1T7

Admin Adress
150 rue Racine Est, Chicoutimi
QC G7J 1L4

Entry fee: $30 CAD – $45 CAD 

Marie-Elaine Riou

(Festival Director)

After spending some years in Barcelona, studying and working in film production, Marie Elaine came back in Saguenay, Canada to work as the Short Film Market co-ordinator of REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival. As the only short film festival Academy Awards-accredited in Canada, REGARD plays over 200 short films in 5 days for now 23 years in a row. Marie-Elaine is now director of the festival and gets involved on the board of many associations, such as the Office Québec-Monde and Promotion Saguenay. She was also part of several juries of short film festivals around the world.