Montreal-based film director Vincent René-Lortie was awarded REGARD’s Prix du Jury for his short film, Invincible (2022). Inspired by a true story, the film recounts the last 48 hours of the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a childhood friend of René-Lortie who passed away when he was 14.
In addition to being featured at the short-film festival, Invincible has screened at film festivals around the globe, picking up seven other awards.
“Getting this recognition in Quebec has been a big surprise, and it’s been a dream to attend festivals where I can talk about a film that means so much to me,” says René-Lortie.
While studying film at Concordia, René-Lortie forged close bonds with his classmates, including Alexandre Nour, BFA 17, with whom he helped launch Telescope Films. He is currently working on an experimental short film that explores the emotions that were felt during the pandemic, as well as a feature film, Ce Qui Nous Sépare.