Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec
Report on Copyright
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Quebec's association of directors, the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ) is dedicated to supporting and developing the professional, economic, cultural, social and moral interests of its members. Its mandate is to represent Quebec directors of films and television programs in all circumstances within its means. As of July 2000, the association had attracted 296 members.
Angela Plohman © 2000 FDL
The ARRQ was founded in 1964 as the Association professionnelle des cinéastes. Encompassing everyone working in Quebec cinema, from technicians to directors, the association proved a unifying force in a cultural sector undergoing major development. On April 3, 1973, a group of filmmakers formed the Association des réalisateurs de films du Québec, which in 1981 was incorporated and renamed the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de films du Québec. In 1991, the association again changed its name (to the Association québécoise des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de cinéma et télévision) to better reflect the growing number of directors working in television. Finally, in 1997, the association adopted its current name.
In the fall of 1997, the ARRQ founded the Maison de la réalisation, which acts as a meeting place for filmmakers from around the world and a space for exhibitions, screenings, presentations and debate. In the summer of 1998, in cooperation with the Directors Guild of Canada, the ARRQ put into place an international network of filmmakers that represents over 25 countries. In addition, since 1998, the ARRQ has organized an event called Cinéastes à votre porte!, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal.
The ARRQ also publishes in-depth studies, such as La Profession de réalisateur multimédia au Québec (summer 1999), that explore issues of concern for its members. Recently, with the Daniel Langlois Foundation's help, the association completed an international comparative study on copyright issues pertaining to Quebec filmmakers. This important study will serve as a guide for the Canadian government, which is now reviewing audiovisual copyright laws in Canada.