Rock Demers is Founder (in 1980) and President of “Les Productions La Fête” and creator of CONTES POUR TOUS, Rock Demers has been involved in all facets of cinema (critiquing, distribution, export, operation, production). In early 50’s, he co-founded the magazine Images and established many film clubs. In 1958, after having studied teaching, he quit the country in order to travel across Europe and Asia for two years. On return to Canada, he joined the team that had just established the International Film Festival of Montreal. He became its Director General from 1962 to 1967. He was one of the co-founders of Cinémathèque québécoise in 1963 and established Faroun Films in 1965. In 1968 he devoted himself to Faroun Films, whose distribution of films for the youth rapidly expanded to more than ten countries. With the export of the film Martien de Noël and other films, such as Les Mâles (Gilles Carle), La Vie rêvée (Mireille Dansereau) and Les Smattes (Jean-Claude Labrecque), Faroun Films became the most important ambassador abroad for the nascent film industry of Quebec. Thanks to the brilliant success of the initial CONTES POUR TOUS, whose exceptional quality was appreciated by the public and the critics (215 national and international awards in under 30 years), the collection now consists of 24 titles and has brought Rock Demers numerous prizes, both national and international, among which are Prix Albert Tessier (Quebec), Companion of the Order of Canada and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (France).
Vijaya RAO is Professor at the Centre for French & Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She defended her doctoral thesis on Michel Tremblay and teaches, among other courses, Quebec Literature and Culture in her university. Some of her publications include Ecriture indienne d’expression française (2008) and Reaching the Great Moghul: Francophone Travel Writing on India of the 17th and 18th centuries (2010). The government of Quebec conferred la Médaille du 50e anniversaire du Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (2018) for her contribution to Quebec Studies. Her latest publication is a co-edited book titled Displacement and Citizenship: Histories and Memories of Exclusion (2019). Having trained in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music, she has played many roles on the Delhi stage.
Tom Waugh – Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Cinema, Concordia University. Born 1948, London, Ontario. Teacher, programmer, writer, critic, activist, Graduate of Guelph Collegiate, Western University and Columbia University. Retired from Concordia in 2017 after 41 years teaching film studies and sexuality/queer studies, including Indian Cinema. Author, compiler or editor of 14 books, the most recent being I Confess: Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age (co-edited with Brandon Arroyo, McGill Queen’s University Press, 2019). Co-editor with Matthew Hays of 50-book series Queer Film Classics (2008-2025), including Fire (Shohini Ghosh, 2010). Winner of SCMS Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award (Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2017) for the monograph The Conscience of Cinema: The Work of Joris Ivens, 1912-1989 (Amsterdam University Press). Teacher Punjab Public School, Nabha (1970-72); Visiting Professor, Film Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (2018-19). His 1989 video interviews with Indian independent documentary filmmakers are available on Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UU-U9TDQrD3eBKdW8LY9crqQ.