REBEL shares a story of the rise of right-wing extremism as seen through the eyes of a young boy

Winner of the Oscar-qualifying Golden Owl Award at Tirana International Film festival and selected for 60 international film festivals

Director Pier-Phillippe Chevigny’s REBEL was inspired by true events. When thousands of illegal immigrants flooded into Canada from the US in 2017,  Quebec’s right-wing groups went on the attack. This live-action short film has been making its mark on the film world having been selected for numerous world-class festivals including TIFF, Busan, Regard, Namur, and Vladivostok. This topical film won numerous awards including the Audience Awards at DC Shorts, Best Short Film Award at the Tirana International Film Festival, and the Golden Spike Award for Best Short Film at the Social World Film Festival.

Alex, a six-year-old boy from Quebec, is oblivious to the thousands of refugees entering Canada illegally to avoid deportation. Yet when his father takes him along to a vigilante patrol in the woods to hunt out trespassing migrants, something inside him tells him to rebel.

Pier-Philippe Chevigny is a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. His films share a common signature, combining sociopolitical subject matter with suspenseful writing and intense, often frantic camerawork. For the past few years, his short films have received international attention, with TALA and VETERANE. He is set to direct his first feature film RICHELIEU in 2021, a project developed at the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and selected both at the prestigious Berlinale Co-Production Market and at the Los Cabos’ GFFF Market. He is also developing the script for ARSENAL, another feature film project which ranked as finalist to SFFILM’s Rainin Grant.

Berlinale Talents alum Geneviève Gosselin-G. is a producer from Montreal, Quebec. In 2017, she served as executive producer on her first feature, Philippe Lesage’s GENESIS (Locarno, Rotterdam, Valladolid). She also produced several short films, including Pier-Philippe Chevigny’s VÉTÉRANE and REBEL. In 2019, she founded her own company LE FOYER FILMS. Projects currently in development include works by Pier-Philippe Chevigny (RICHELIEU: Berlinale Co-Production Market, TIFF Filmmaker Lab), Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, Marianne Métivier, and Jean-François Leblanc.

REBEL can soon be seen in several upcoming film festivals including Aesthetica Short Film Festival, St Louis International Film Festival, Miami Short Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, and Bogota Short Film Festival.

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