Directors Marianne Farley and Annie St-Pierre are sitting down to discuss Frimas & Les Grandes Claques (Like the Ones I Used to Know).

They ask each other questions like what makes them most proud about their films? If their short had to screen before a feature, which would it be? And their biggest inspirations in films? Among others.

Both films are short listed for a 2022 Academy Award. Les Grandes Claques (Like the Ones I Used to Know) is a Film Shortage Featured Short, while Frimas is still not available for streaming online you can watch the trailer right here.

Marianne Farley is a director/screenwriter, producer, and actress from Montreal, Canada. Her second critically acclaimed short film MARGUERITE won over forty awards around the globe and earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Live Action Short Film in 2019. Marianne is in the post production phase of her first feature film NORTH OF ALBANY (co-written with Claude Brie). Her experience as an actress drives every decision she makes as a director. Marianne also produced LES NÔTRES by Jeanne Leblanc in which she plays one of the lead roles. Through her production company SLYKID & SKYKID she is also developing the feature films LA FAUCHE (written by Camille Trudel) and À DEMI- SOUPIR (cowritten with Claude Brie).

FRIMAS premiered at the Oscar qualifying festival Regard, then it went on to screen at Off-Courts Trouville, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, and can soon be seen at Mill Valley Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury in Ontario, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Miami Short Film Festival, Show Me Shorts and Asiana International Short Film Festival.

Read our interview with Marianne Farley about her Oscar Nominated Short ‘Marguerite’.

Director Annie St-Pierre has directed numerous films including the documentary Migration Amoureuse and Fermières (All that we make), a feature documentary. Apostle of independent cinema, she also collaborates as a scriptwriter, casting director, actress and producer with the Montreal film community that inspires her such as Matthew Rankin, Denis Côté and Monia Chokri. Annie is the co-producer of the two last Denis Côté films: Wilcox, Social Hygiene and is now in production of Le plein potential (Your Higher Self), a feature documentary on the universe of life-coaches around the world. She is also in development for a feature fiction she is writing

Les grandes claques (Like the ones I used to know) premiered at Sundance Film Festival, competed at SXSW, where they won Special Jury Recognition for Directing and the Mailchimp Support the Shorts Award, then screened at more than 75 festivals around the world, winning 32 awards including 4 Oscars Qualifying Awards. The film is also broadcasted by The New Yorker and Vimeo and TIFF included it in their top 10 short films of the year.

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