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our school

Founded in 2010, the Académie du cinema has given itself the main mission of transmitting the passion for the 7th art to as many people as possible by offering training, activities and workshops concerning the world of audiovisual production. The Film Academy presents cinema to young people as a tool for change, socio-cultural development and cultural influence.


The Academy offers cinema workshops for young people aged 5 to 17. These activities offered in class and in summer camps are a fun introduction to cinema and therefore allow young people to experiment with several cinematographic aspects ranging from video shooting to playing in front of the camera. 


In its various activities, the Film Academy has chosen an educational approach that involves putting into practice the elements taught by enhancing the creative process of each young person, according to their interests.


Our school makes the films produced by the young people in the workshops accessible and is able to offer educational workbooks for the young people.


We also offer other activities, including extracurricular activities…


Max Boudreault


A graduate in filmmaking and entrepreneurship, he realizes a lack to be filled among young people and decides to set up a film school for at least 18 years old. Along with his schooling, he gained experience as a technician in the field of events and aerial photography. Today, he has managed to find a place for himself in the Quebec market. In addition to having founded a school that introduces young people to 7th grade, he is at the heart of the Quebec film studio and participates in numerous professional film sets.


Director of Development and Partnerships

A social worker and a woman involved in her community, Shantala also comes from a family of multidisciplinary artists. She has acquired more than 20 years of experience within NPOs and is particularly interested in projects that contribute as much to social development as to cultural influence. Above all, she likes to brighten up people's lives!


jean-philippe side

senior trainer

JP has been teaching at l’Académie du Cinéma since 2014.  After having studied filmmaking, audio engineering and musical composition, he has also worked on many cinematic, theatrical and multidisciplinary creative productions, mainly as a sound designer.  His main goal when teaching is that everybody learns as much as possible while still having fun!  Apart from cinema, JP is a big fan of outdoor activities, yoga … and light bulbs!

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Samantha butcher


Straight out of college, Sam is beginning her career at L’Académie du Cinéma, lending a helping hand to our communication department.  After studying for 5 years in that field, she’s figured out every possible aspect of creating and writing for digital social media (well, at least that’s what she thinks). She is excited to finally be able to combine her academic training with her passion for local arts and culture. A passion so great, in fact, that she is always willing to speak about it : In front of her college class, she once presented a 20-minute speech on the topic of… popcorn!


marie-joëlle corteau

administrative assistant

An enthusiastic teacher who graduated in 2014, Marie-Joe is an extravagant soul who shares knowledge with the same kind of intense energy that she displays when performing on stage. Throughout her life, she has acquired 20 years of experience in theatre, 15 years in crowd entertainment, and 5 years in the world of tale-telling. Every time the word ‘production’ touches her ears, an immense passion gets sparked in her - no matter what project, no matter what field, her involvement in the cultural scene is proven and solid. She likes (loves) Christmas trees, lists (“kaïzen”-style and more), new challenges, being surprised... and also has a soft spot for garden gnomes!


Laurence Doyon-D'Amour


Originally from a city on the outskirts of Ottawa, Laurence is a native Franco-Ontarian who studied social sciences at the University of Ottawa. Passionate about education and human relations, she brings dynamic energy and contagious enthusiasm to her work.

Sporty and adventurous, Laurence loves getting out of her comfort zone by meeting new people and discovering new places. Since September 2023, she has been traveling across Canada to make the world of cinema accessible to young people as a trainer for the Académie du Cinéma. She is very proud to see the sparkles in children's eyes at each workshop, as they discover the fascinating world of cinema.

our logo


Max Boudreault, founder, didn’t want a conventional logo to represent his school (clichés such as filmstrip or a camera). Therefore, he decided to use a symbol to inspire himself: The piercing eye of the SNOWY OWL.


Meaning of that symbol : eye, vision, wisdom


The snowy owl is the owl that flies the highest, just like L’Académie du Cinéma wants to be at the top, the best of its kind.


Teaching/Scripts + Camera Lens + Snowy Owl Eye = L’Académie du Cinéma

Capture d’écran, le 2021-01-13 à 17.06
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