Richard Jutras

Filmmaker, musician, composer, Richard Jutras is one of the most multi-skilled members of La Coop Vidéo de Montréal. Marked by the relentless search of a creative and narrative purpose, his work was selected for many festivals around the world.

His director career started in 1980 with the documentary Nous sommes tous des prisonniers politiques, produced by Vidéographe. His film Kid Kodak (1992) then won two Golden Sheaf Awards, for Best Editing and Best Drama Over 30 Minutes. His documentary Musique pour un siècle lourd (1998), traces back the history of avant-garde music in Quebec, won an Opus Prize, as well as the Rogers Communications Prize. The film also sets the stage for Derome ou les turbulences musicales (2015).

Made in only three days, Hit and Run (2002) competed in many festivals around the world. It won the Bayard d’Or at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, as well as a Jutra Award for Best Short Film. Moreover, his silent medium length film Rendez-vous dans l’inachevé (2007) won Best Short Film at the International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video & Multimedia in Avanca, Portugal.

In 2001, Jutras, along with Robert Morin and Dominic Gagnon, directed the feature Opération Cobra, a film about the handling of truth in reality TV. His second feature La belle empoisonneuse (2007) was well received by Quebec’s critics. He is actually working on his next feature film, Holly and Murphy, written by playwright Jean-Marc Dalpé.

Richard has also written screenplays for TV series, including Tactik and Les Parent and is, since 2012, at the head of l’INIS’ cinema program.