Geneviève Dulude-De Celle

Geneviève Dulude-De Celles studied for an MA in film at the Université du Québec à Montrél. She paused for a trip around the world armed with her camera, and made documentaries for Jacques Antoine's television game show, La Course Autour du Monde, broadcast on Canal Évasion. Dulude-De Celles wrote and directed the short film The Cut which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Tell me a little bit about your background.

I studied cinema at university. It’s been three years since I’ve been out of school. I started a production company with one of my friends from school two years ago and have directed a few projects. I was involved in a TV show in Quebec with a young filmmaker, and we traveled around the world. We went to a different country each week, and it was broadcast on TV.  I also made a film called The Cut, which is my first professional film. I did other projects, but that one was funded with money from the government, and it was produced by the company that I founded with my friend. So, we filmed this movie, and now it’s at Sundance. It’s still a new company, so getting into Sundance has been very encouraging for us. 

Where were you when you got the call from Sundance?

I was walking down the street. We were waiting for a response for another project of mine, because now I am working on a feature documentary. We were waiting to see if we got the money for that project. So, I was expecting a call from our producer about that. Instead, she called and told me that our film was accepted in the festival, and she was really excited. It was the first festival that actually accepted the movie. We sent it to other festivals in Quebec, and it wasn’t selected, so I was expecting a smaller festival to accept it. When she said Sundance, I think I just shouted in the street so everyone was wondering what happened to me. It was very unexpected and a big surprise for all of us.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a director?

When I was in high school I wanted to be an actress. Then when I was in college I started to look at independent movies, and I discovered that I really liked them. So, I decided to be a director when I was in college. It’s been ten years since I made that decision. I’m 27 now.

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A scene from La Coupe (The Cut)

What inspired you to make this film?

I was inspired by a personal experience. I started to write it as a simple script about one moment between a little girl and her father while she cuts her father’s hair. Now I’m thinking it was a proof of confidence for my father, because you have to be really confident and really love this person to allow an 11-year-old girl to cut your hair. At this moment in my life, my parents had just gotten separated. So, it shows this single moment with my father, and I wanted to translate that into a movie – a simple moment in everyday life, but you felt like there is something missing from both of them.

What do you hope to get out of this experience at Sundance?

It’s already a great achievement for me, the team, the producer and the company. It will be really interesting, because this will be its first official screening. It will be really interesting to discuss my film with people who see the movie, get their impression and discuss some of the project. That’s what every director wants, I guess. They don’t want to show it to three people – they want to show it to a large amount and discuss it. But it’s already an achievement for us to show our film at Sundance. It’s such an honor.

Do you have any idea what you’re going to do next?

We have our own production company, and it’s still new. So, we are working really hard.  We are hoping to start shooting our feature documentary in February. It will be our first feature film.