Zoom Out is a film platform conceived as an extension of its sister sites Hors champ and Offscreen, which will nurture the confluence of artistic and critical practice in the shape of new forms of film criticism (audio-visual essays, podcasts, sound projects, cine-concerts, interviews, etc.). Alongside these new forms of film criticism which continue to be shaped by evolving digital technology and image & sound manipulation software, Zoom Out aims to explore and promote the vast potential for research creation in the Montreal/Quebec/Canada sector by showcasing forms of film expression which have the most to gain from the continuing democratization of filmmaking, distribution and exhibition (short films, experimental cinema, essay film, documentary, video essays, cine-concerts).
Founded in 1996 in Montréal by Joël Pomerleau, Steve Rioux and Nicolas Renaud, Hors champ is the first online francophone journal on cinema and remains one of the oldest cinema journals on the Web. It is recognized throughout Canada and the world as one of the leading online francophone magazines on cinema. The current editorial team, formed in the Summer of 2016, is made up of Renaud Desprès-Larose, Olivier Godin, André Habib and Nour Ouayda. Since 2000, Hors champ has also organized public events (retrospectives, ciné-concerts, conferences, symposiums, thematic cycles) and has actively nourished the film culture in Montreal.
Offscreen has been online since 1997, along with its French language sister journal Hors champ. Based in Montréal, Offscreen is a wide-ranging film journal that covers film festivals, retrospectives, film forums, and both popular and more academic events. Part of our mandate is to cover the Montreal film scene, but within an international context. It focuses on personal and independent films, films with creative design and social commitment, local and Canadian filmmakers as well as alternative cinemas (horror, exploitation, experimental, esoteric, documentary). Since its inception, it has been edited and maintained by Donato Totaro.