The Carrousel international du film de Rimouski (Rimouski International Film Carousel) strives to introduce an audience of all ages to international youth cinema and its new emerging formats and to contribute to the development and promotion of inspiring youth film and digital works. Through its main event, a youth cinema festival that has become a tradition over the years, the Carrousel now offers for its audience a unique opportunity to discover the world’s cultural diversity and learn how to appreciate it.
The Carrousel international du film de Rimouski has the following goals:
- Promote Quebec, Canadian and international youth cinema in all its diversity of genres, approaches and distribution media.
- Provoke innovation in youth cinema by proposing stimulating opportunities for professional development to artists in cinema, television and new media.
- Introduce youth to the filmmaking creation and production process.
- Contribute to the development of an international network for the distribution of youth cinema.
- Participate in the cultural scene of the City of Rimouski and the development of the Quebec film industry.
The Carrousel international du film de Rimouski supports four values that guide its decisions:
- The conviction that accessibility of art and culture enriches the community.
- The commitment to support youth education by mobilizing the forces of the educational, cultural, economic and political sectors.
- The determination to encourage innovation through creativity and openness toward the world.
- The recognition of experimentation as a pedagogical tool to communicate knowledge.
In September 1983, a group of Rimouskois launched a project that would become essential for the families of the region: a weekend of cinema devoted to youth, with screenings and workshops. Two filmmaking professionals took part in this activity: André Melançon and Danyèle Patenaude, respectively director and screenwriter of La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped The War). The Carrousel international du film de Rimouski took its first steps with this event.
Bit by bit, the event grew in size and developed international recognition. Many foreign festivals, including Cannes Junior, now call upon the expertise of the Carrousel to build their programming. Over the years, the educational element developed more and more at the Carrousel.
After almost 35 years of existence, at the height of its notoriety and well established in the Quebec cinema landscape, the festival maintains the need to reinvent itself and constantly put itself ahead of new cultural tendencies. As much as possible with the programming and quality of educational activities, we hope to add activities for professionals.