Jennifer Alleyn is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, writer and photographer living in Montreal.
Born in Switzerland in 1969, Jennifer Alleyn obtained a degree in Film Production at Concordia University in 1991. She jumped right away into The Race Around the World (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) to shoot 26 documentaries within 26 weeks on 5 different continents, on her own.
In the last ten years, she has been directing and producing independent films, switching from fiction to documentary. Her work addresses the role of art in society. Her practice now includes installation and photography. She has exhibited her work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada), Galerie C (Switzerland) and her films have been distributed and released on television and in theatres in America and Europe. Her recent projects explore grief and inner exile.
Alleyn wrote and directed a segment "Aurore et Crépuscule" of the 1996 the collective feature film Cosmos; winner of the CICEA award in Cannes in 1997 at the Directors' Fortnight. Her 2003 film Svanok was awarded the prize for best short fiction film by the Quebec Films Critics association. In 2008, she made her documentary, My Father’s Studio, a portrait of Canadian artist Edmund Alleyn. The film was named best Canadian film at the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal and also received a Gémeaux Award. She directed the 2010 film Ten times Dix about painter Otto Dix, which received the ARTV Springboard to the World Award.
In 2018, she directed and produced her first feature, Impetus, which, a hybrid drama which blurs the frontier between fiction and Cinema-vérité.
In 2019, she receives the Creation Award 2019 for her outstanding contribution to the development of Québec cinema from L’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
National Bank of Canada
Private collections in Europe and in America
Louvre Museum, Paris / Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa
National Gallery of Art, Washington / Université Laval, Quebec city
Morgan Library, New York / Cinémathèque Québécoise
2018 Impetus - feature
2004 Imaginer le rien - Short documentary
2001 Ramadan - short documentary
2000 Une p'tit nuit - short documentary
2000 Delphine’s look - fiction
1996 Les enfants de Schefferville - short documentary
1996 Cosmos - feature
1993 Petit conte moderne - short fiction
1992 La Course destination Monde
2019 Suspension ( Longueuil, Canada)
2016 La mue - installation (Switzerland)
2016 Respondere - art video (Switzerland)
2015 La Terre nous est étroite - art video
2011 Big Bang - installation (MMFA)
2009 84 Charing Cross Road - stage
2019 Creation Award 2019
Awarded by L’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal for her outstanding contribution to the development of Québec cinema
2011 Ten times Dix
Artv Springboard to the World Award
International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), 2011
Prix Gémeaux: two nominations for "Best Script" and "Best portrait", 2012
2008 My father's studio
Best Canadian work Award at FIFA
Prix Gémeaux : Winner « Best portrait »
Jutra Awards - Nominee for Best feature Documentary
Prix AQCC meilleure fiction court métrage, Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois 2006
Best Fiction, Short film genre award; New York Intl Independent Film & Video Festival 2006
2002 Delphine's look
Best film - Festival du Film de Lorquin, France, 2001.
"Art et Essai" C.I.C.A.E Award, Director’s fortnight, Festival de Cannes 1997.
Canadian choice for the 1998 Oscars
Prix Mireille Lanctôt, Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ)
2017 Festival Vues du Monde, sect. documentary
2015 Member of international Jury FIFA
2013 President of the jury, Montreal international Black Film Festival
Final Jury, Cours écrire ton court, SODEC
2012 SODEC, Young creators
2008 Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ)
2006 ONF – Comité de Programme
2004 Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ)
2003 Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ)
1999 Téléfilm Canada - lectrice externe
1998 SODEC, Programme jeunes créateurs
1997 Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ)