Jean-François Caissy, born in the village of Carleton-sur-Mer in Quebec, is an independent filmmaker and visual artist.
His first documentary was 2005’s critically acclaimed La saison des amours. As an artist-in-residence for Les Films de L’Autre, he next directed La belle visite (2009), the first of his films to earn him international attention. It had its world premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Documentary at FICFA and was selected for numerous festivals around the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, Visions du Réel and Hot Docs.
Trained as a photographer, Caissy is also a visual arts practitioner, and has had several gallery showings of his work. More recently, his video installation Derby was shown at the Centre Clark in Montreal and at Galerie Espace F in Matane, Quebec.
Guidelines (2014), his third documentary feature, was screened at the 64th Berlinale, won the “World Pulse Award” at IndieLisboa in Portugal and was presented at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC as part of the “MoMA Presents Series”. It marks his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.