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REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival is one of the most important short film festivals in North America. Each year, the event, which was founded in 1995 in Saguenay, presents around 200 international and Quebec short films. REGARD is a gateway to the Americas for short films and an international launch pad for Canadian cinema.

REGARD is now part of the festivals which provide access to the OSCAR® for the short film (Academy qualifying festivals for the Short Film Awards). In other words, the winning films of the Festival’s GRAND PRIZE and CANADIAN GRAND PRIZE will now be taken into consideration in the nomination process of the OSCAR® for Best Live Action Short Film. In collaboration with many partners, the Festival hosts an international competition in which more than $89 000 of grants and services are given to the winning filmmakers.

The magic of REGARD lies in its atmosphere, in the warm welcome to the international guests and festival-goers, as well as in the diversity of the programming. In addition to the screening sessions, which mainly take place in Chicoutimi and Jonquière, a plethora of activities surround the event.