Montreal, Canada
Sarah Seené is a French photographer and filmmaker based in Montréal (Quebec, Canada) who works with 35mm film, Super 8 and Polaroid. Born in the East of France in 1987, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Lettres et Littératures Modernes at the Faculté de Sciences du langage de Besançon and a Master's degree in Recherches cinématographiques at the Faculté de Lettres et Langues de Poitiers. Her thesis was on the concept of idiocy in the Golden Heart Trilogy by filmmaker Lars Von Trier.
Seené taught herself analogue photography at 16 years of age, when she began using a communal dark room near her home. Over a number of years, she has developed an aesthetic rooted in the documentary genre and characterized by a unique sensibility and poetry that addresses intimacy and what it is to be human.
Her photography has been exhibited and projected in several solo and group exhibitions internationally, such as at the Voix-off festival (France), Revela-T (Spain), Présences Photographies (France), Biennale de photographie en Condroz (Belgium), and Atoll artist-run centre (Canada). Her short films have been screened at many international festivals, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival (United States), the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - FNC (Canada), the Engauge Experimental Film Festival (United States), Videoex (Switzerland), Ultracinema (Mexico), and Analogica (Italy).
Her film ''Lumen'' received the Best Experimental Short Film Award at the Festival on the Bayou (United States), the Best Extreme Short Documentary Award at Doc.Berlin Film Festival (Germany) and Second Prize at the International Rare Disease Film Festival (Germany). Her film ''Il fait gris dans ta tête, tout à coup'', a collaboration with Guillaume Vallée, received the Rendez-vous Vidéo-Poésie Grand Jury Prize (Canada).
She contributes to several publications and regularly works with artists from the Quebec music scene using analogue photography and video.
Official selection
Disappearing silence
Screener short film festival
London
2021
Official competition
Disappearing silence
Obskuur Ghent film festival
Ghent
2021
Official competition
Lumen
International Rare Disease film festival
Berlin
2021
Best Experimental Short Film Award
Lumen
Cinema on the Bayou film festival
Lafayette
2021
Official selection
Lumen
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Ann Arbor
2021
Best experimental documentary film award
Lumen
Doc.London
London
2021
Best experimental documentary film award
Lumen
Doc.Sydney
Sydney
2021
Official selection
Lumen
FIMAV
Victoriaville
2021
Best experimental film
Lumen
Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
Hong Kong
2021
Official competition
Disappearing silence
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC)
Montréal
2020
Canadian short films competition
Lumen
Vues dans la tête de (...)
Rivière-du-loup
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
Montréal
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Moving-Image-Arts International Short Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Traverse Vidéo
Toulouse
2020
Quebecker competition
Lumen
48 images seconde
Florac
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Another experiment by women film festival
New-York
2020
International competition
Lumen
Videoex
Zurich
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Moviate Underground
Harrisburg
2020
Official selection
Lumen
MUFF - Montreal Underground Film Festival
Montréal
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Ultracinema
La joya
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Engauge Experimental Film Festival
Seattle
2020
Official selection
Lumen
Analogica
Bolzano
2020
Official competition
Lumen
Kinoskop
Belgrade
2020
Best Extreme Short Documentary Award
Lumen
Doc.Berlin Documentary Film Festival
Berlin
2020
International competition
Lumen
Kurzfilm festival
Hamburg
2020
Montreal, Canada
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