Cirque du Soleil alumnus and TED speaker Martin Villeneuve is a Montreal-based screenwriter, director and producer. With a strong background in advertising, he has directed numerous commercials for Cirque du Soleil, in addition to music videos, short films and series. His feature film debut, the pioneering sci-fi romance “Mars & Avril,” starring Caroline Dhavernas (“Hannibal”) and internationally renowned stage director Robert Lepage, cost only a stunning $2.3 million CAD to produce. The film received 10 nominations including one for “Best Adapted Screenplay” at the Canadian Screen Awards, and toured in 20 festivals worldwide, starting with a World Premiere in Karlovy Vary. “Mars & Avril” has been described by io9 as “one of the most beautiful, and immersive, sci-fi worlds ever put on film.” Also, it brought Martin to TED where he became the first (and so far, the only) speaker to come out of Quebec, and the third filmmaker to give a TED Talk after James Cameron and J.J. Abrams. His talk has been subtitled in 31 languages and viewed more than a million times. With many exciting feature film projects currently in the works, filmmaker Martin Villeneuve is a creative force to watch out for. He is represented by Sentient Entertainment since 2018.
Watch Martin Villeneuve’s TED Talk: ted.com/talks/martin_villeneuve_how_i_made_an_impossible_film
• Mars et Avril Inc. & Alliance Vivafilm – “Mars & Avril”
Quebec’s first science fiction feature film starring Robert Lepage, Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Ahmarani, Jacques Languirand, Jean Asselin, Stéphane Demers, Jean Marchand, Kathleen Fortin, Marcel Sabourin, André Montmorency and Gabriel Gascon (2012).
• TED Talks – “How I made an Impossible Film”
Martin Villeneuve’s TED Talk about “Mars & Avril,” the sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money over a seven-year stretch (2013).
• Moment Factory – “AC Dreamin’”
Mapping show projected on Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (2013).
• Sid Lee & Cirque du Soleil – “Zumanity,” “KÀ,” “Corteo”
• Prends ça court ! – “Imelda”
Award-winning comedy short film starring Martin Villeneuve as his own grandmother (2014).