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Our Mission

The Alter-Ciné Foundation supports young filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Latin America. It particularly supports documentary films that dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenceless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.


The Alter-Ciné Foundation was created in the memory of Canadian filmmaker, Yvan Patry, who passed away on October 1999. Patry was a co-founder of the production company Alter Ciné and directed numerous documentaries and current affairs programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia: "… documentaries should go against the tide," he said, "they should bear witness and spur us to action." Patry’s documentaries have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror. The Alter-Ciné Foundation is inspired by this ethics. The Foundation offers yearly a 10,000 $ grant and some 5,000 $ grants to young filmmakers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to enable them to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms.

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