Photo : Mathieu Laverdière

Photo : Mathieu Laverdière


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

Cinémathèque québécoise

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

2012      A few lost words - experimental

2011      Ten times Dix - documentary

2008     My father’s studio - documentary

2006     The imaginary life of Jacques Monory

2005     Svanok (The Call) – short fiction

2004    Imaginer le rien -  Short documentary

2002    The Rossys - 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



  • SOLO

2019 Suspension ( Longueuil, Canada)

2007      Face à Toi - Photo exhibition


2019 Circa 2019 - Exhibition

2019 Les Impatients - Exhibition

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


2006 Svanok

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.


1997 Cosmos

"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)  



2018 / 2019    Cinémathèque québécoise

2012 / 2015    Montreal Arts Council

2012 / 2015    Artistic Committee - Cinéma Excentris 

2012 / 2013     esse+, Art Contemporain, magazine

2007 / 2009     Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrice du Québec

1993 / 1994    Les films de l’autre