Jean-François Pouliot


Born in Montreal in 1957, Jean-François Pouliot earned a BA in communication arts with a minor in philosophy from Concordia University. He went on to work as camera assistant on Quebec and foreign films shot in Montreal, including Serge Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and Tony Richardson’s Hotel New Hampshire. During that time, he scripted and directed animated shorts for the NFB with Robert Bélisle, notably Canada vignettes : l’oeuf.

In 1982, Pouliot began working at Cossette Communication-Marketing, Canada’s largest advertising agency, as a copywriter. He was quickly promoted to the position of production head and was a two-time winner of the Grand prix du Mondial de publicité francophone, the international French-language advertising awards.

In 1988, he returned to film and joined Fabrique d’images, a major producer of advertising films in Canada. One of his spots for Loto-Québec garnered a Golden Lion award at Cannes. He also directed the well-known Mr. B ad series (with Benoît Brière) for Bell Canada. An outstanding director with over 500 ads to his credit, Jean-François Pouliot directed Seducing Doctor Lewis (La grande séduction) and The Little Book of Vengeance (Guide de la petite vengeance), both based on scripts by Ken Scott.

“It’s rare to find a 3-D film that actually tells a story but we’ve done just that. This poetic work tells the story of the greatest exploration: that of the artistic spirit.”

Source : ONF