Visual artist (filmmaking)

Jean-Pierre Lefebvre studied literature at the University of Montréal and taught for two years at the Jesuit-run Loyola College in Montréal. He began writing as a film critic, first for Quartier Latin, then for Séquences and Objectif. He joined the National Film Board of Canada and made two films, including Mon amie Pierrette, 1968, co-starring Raôul Duguay and produced by Clément Perron. Lefebvre was then asked to head the NFB’s French-language fiction studio. He began its Premières Œuvres series, designed to make low-budget shorts and features. Four features and a number of shorts were produced within a year before the initiative was terminated, and Lefebvre left to form his own production company, Cinak, with his wife and editor, Marguerite Duparc. Lefebvre was one of the first Canadian filmmakers to receive international acclaim for his work; his film Don’t Let It Kill You (Il ne faut pas mourir pour ça),1967, was the first Canadian film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his innovative and high-quality feature films”. In 1995 he was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. In 2013, Lefebvre received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

[Source:; adapté par Tati Marazzo]