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Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière 2017


Joannie Lafrenière / 2017 / 47 min. / 28 min. / Canada / FRENCH / ENGLISH SUBS


SNOWBIRDS is a mid-length documentary that reaches out to golden age Canadians living in Florida during the winter season. This is the growing trend of an entire generation migrating to the tropics, seeking a leisure society that can entertain them. With tenderness and humor, this sociological documentary goes to the heart of their daily lives by painting a human portrait of this typically Canadian social phenomenon. Welcome to the French District of Florida, Snowbird’s paradise.

Cast & Crew

Direction and Screenplay: Joannie Lafrenière
Editing: Sophie B. Sylvestre
Director of photography: Joannie Lafrenière
Sound: Marie-Pierre Grenier
Sound making and mixing: Marie-Pierre Grenier
Music: Les Jaguars
Actors: Yvette Gendron, Agathe Cyr, Monique Pétrin and Julien Truchon, Rollande St-Gelais, Nelson Roux
Production: Colonelle Films




Elderly, Travel



Documentary filmmaker and photographer, Joannie Lafrenière loves human. Her work is influenced by an anthropological approach. Holding degrees in journalism and photography, Joannie has taken part in several recognized publications. In recent years, she has directed for television, for the web and many different independent projects. Her latest documentary project, THE WOMAN WHO SAW THE BEAR, has been shown in major festivals across Canada and internationally.
Joannie lives, works and plays in Montreal, Canada – but has been known to escape to faraway places.


La femme qui a vu l'ours / 17 min.

Ferme Zéro / min.

Des maux illisibles / min.

Vers l'avenir / 8 min.

Hochelaga mon amour / 3 min.


- 2017 -
In Competition | Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Canada
In Competition | Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA

- 2018 -
In Competition | FICFA, Canada
In Competition | Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma, Canada
In Competition | Hot Docs, Canada
In Competition | Rhode Island Film Festival, USA
In Competition | Junction North International Doc Festival, Canada
In Competition | FIFEQ, Canada

- 2019 -
In Competition | Le Mup, Canada
In Competition | Voir en perspective, Canada
In Competition | Made Here Showcase, USA

- 2020 -
In competition | Cinema on the Bayou, USA
In competition | Doc Feed, The Nertherlands


Photo Gallery -  Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière 2017
Photo Gallery -  Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière 2017
Photo Gallery -  Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière 2017
Photo Gallery -  Snowbirds Joannie Lafrenière 2017

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