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MONTRÉAL GIRLS celebrates a big night at The Los Angeles International Film Festival 

The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles hosted the reception celebrating the win of the “Best Feature Film Award” granted to Patricia Chica’s directorial debut MONTRÉAL GIRLS during the closing night of the Los Angeles International Film Festival. 



The film, helmed by Québec filmmaker Patricia Chica wins the Best Feature Award. 

From L. to R.: David Brulotte (Delegate General of Western United States, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles), Hakim Brahimi (lead actor), Jade Hassouné (actor), Patricia Chica (director, producer, co-writer), Kamal John Iskander (co-writer), Jasmina Parent (actress), Sophia Benalouane (development associate at Flirt Films) and Thierry Weissenburger (Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of the Consulate of Canada in Los Angeles). Photo courtesy of © Montage Media USA.

(Los Angeles, CA) – November 14, 2022. The Québec Government Office in Los Angeles hosted the reception celebrating the win of the “Best Feature Film Award” granted to Patricia Chica‘s directorial debut MONTRÉAL GIRLS during the closing night of the Los Angeles International Film Festival

“I’m very proud to see such a big crowd tonight. A film about inclusion and immigration… I’m happy that Montréal Girls, on top of being a wonderful film, is a wonderful window to Québec, to Montréal and to our culture,” said David Brulotte, the Québec Delegate General of Western United States during the closing night speech at the Laemmle Monica Film Center. 

Thierry Weissenburger, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of the Consulate General of Canada was also among the distinguished guests. “Director Patricia Chica has been one of our very first customers as part of the Canadian Creative Accelerator which is a program that brings the best of what Canada has to offer in terms of producers in film, TV, and music,” said the latter before addressing a few words directly to Chica. “I’m so happy that you got today your opportunity to present Montréal Girls to the global audience here in L.A.” he added.

“When I moved to L.A. in 2014, I was missing my hometown Montréal. Kamal John Iskander and I were neighbors and we started the project with just the title in mind, ‘Montréal Girls’. This film is a labor of love. It took many years. It took many doors closing on us, but we never gave up. We believed that Montréal and Québec have a place in the world of international cinema and we are here to prove it tonight,” said director Patricia Chica in front of a cheering audience.

From L. to R.: Hakim Brahimi (actor), Jasmina Parent (actress), Jade Hassouné (actor), Natasha Marburger (festival director), Kamal John Iskander (co-writer), and Patricia Chica (director, producer, co-writer). Photo Courtesy of: LAIFF.

The filmmakers would like to thank their sponsors and collaborators: the Québec Delegation in Los Angeles, the Canadian Consulate in Los AngelesAir CanadaDig-In MagazineGetty ImagesLAIFF, and Flower Child.

MONTRÉAL GIRLS continues its film festival tour with a feature screening at the Mena Film Festival in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, November 27th at the VIFF Center. A panel discussion with the director, cast, and crew will follow.

MONTRÉAL GIRLS is written by Patricia Chica (who also directed, produced and edited) and L.A.-based filmmaker Kamal John Iskander. The producers are Bahija Essoussi and Samuel Gagnon of Objectif 9 in association with Chica’s production company Flirt Films. The feature stars newcomer Hakim Brahimi, as well as Jasmina ParentJade HassounéSana AsadNahéma RicciManuel TadrosNatalie TannousChadi AlhelouThomas VallièresSimon TherrienGuillaume RodrigueMarina Harvey, and Martin Dubreuil to name a few.  The distribution company is Filmoption International

To know more about Montréal Girls, please visit the following links:

Official Website: www.MontrealGirlsMovie.com

Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLQD42WSj1Q

Facebook: @MontrealGirlsMovie 

Instagram: @MontrealGirlsMovie 

Twitter: @PatriciaChica (Director) 

Hashtag: #MontrealGirlsMovie #QuebecInLA

Source: Flirt Films 

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RBC’s 16th Year as TIFF Partner: Celebrating Film and Emerging Talent

RBC, Toronto International Film Festival, 16th year, major partner, film, emerging talent, arts community



RBC, a long-standing supporter of the arts and film community, has announced its 16th year as the official bank partner of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This partnership showcases RBC’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent and celebrating the arts community. With programming designed to enhance the festival experience for film fans and RBC clients, RBC aims to bring impactful stories to the big screen while supporting the arts and fostering Canadian talent.

The RBC Red Carpet Gallery returns as one of the most coveted spots for star gazing in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street West, Toronto) (CNW Group/RBC)

RBC House will host several events for emerging and established filmmakers and talents. Located at Petros82 in Toronto’s Entertainment District, RBC House will offer guests signature GREY GOOSE® Vodka cocktails and a martini cocktail bar. The programming at RBC House includes exciting events such as RBCxMusic Night, featuring a performance by DJ Diesel (also known as Shaquille O’Neal). This event aims to amplify and connect music fans to emerging artist PRIMO, who will open for DJ Diesel.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Times Studio presented by RBC will return to RBC House, providing a platform for directors and international stars for video interviews and photography. This year, the collaboration with the L.A. Times includes “Los Angeles Times Talks @ TIFF,” featuring an in-person conversation with director George C. Wolfe. The panel will discuss the historical drama “Rustin,” a film about civil rights icon and LGBTQ pioneer Bayard Rustin.

Furthermore, RBC will host The Black Academy Legacy Kick-Off Party, a celebration that highlights the contributions of Black artists and creators in the film industry. This event emphasizes RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the arts.

Through its partnership with TIFF, RBC continues to champion the arts, support emerging talent, and provide a platform for diverse voices and unique perspectives. By bringing together the worlds of film, music, and conversation, RBC reinforces its dedication to fostering cultural vibrancy and community engagement.

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The American Advertising Foundation’s Mosaic Center Honors Organizations and Individuals Creating Impact for Multicultural Communities;
Also Launches Inaugural Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund to Support the Next Generation of Diverse Talent



WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — The 2023 Mosaic Awards will recognize and honor organizations and individuals that have shown commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their creative work, advocacy, and company-wide initiatives. Included will be the launch of the inaugural Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund to support the next generation of diverse talent. The 2023 winners will be celebrated at a gala event which will be held on September 22, 2023, at The Capitale in New York’s historic Bowery neighborhood. Hosting the awards ceremony for a second year in a row, is Quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner and life-long New Yorker, Bevy Smith.

This year’s honorees serve as a North Star for leveraging the power of advertising & media to promote systemic change

Honoring the 2023 Mosaic Awards Winners

Each year, the Mosaic Awards receive entries from companies and agencies across the country that are reviewed and judged by senior industry leaders. This year’s Council of Judges included senior industry leaders from fluent360, LinkedIn, OMD, Redscout, SANTA Productions, Snap, Spotify, TEAM Enterprises, TikTok and Weber Shandwick.  Among the award sponsors are SiriusXM (Presenting), ClearChannel Outdoor, dentsu, IPG, Google, Meta, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, P&G, Sony Music Group, TikTok and The Trade Desk

The American Advertising Foundation will honor the following campaigns, industry leaders and programs during the 2023 Mosaic Awards:

Mosaic Champion – Individual  
Geraldine White, Chief Diversity Officer
Publicis Groupe US  

Mosaic Champion – Organization

Multicultural Talent and Suppliers in Advertising
“Widen the Screen”
Client: P&G
Agencies: Grey, Cartwright, H&K and Carat

Innovative Narratives
“The Gentle Giant”
Client: Ad Council, Love Has No Labels
Agency: R/GA

Integrated Creative Campaign
“We Can Talk About It”
Client: Ad Council
Agency: Droga5

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) Student Program
Program: Detroit Experience Studio
Agency: VMLY&R

Workforce Inclusion Program
Initiative: Inclusivity Product Council (IPC)
Agency: Leo Burnett

Allyship to Advocacy
“Pampers Maternal Health Equity Initiative: Raise Care, Deliver Joy”
Client: Pampers, P&G
Agency: MSL Group

Student Impact Award
“This Hand”
Client: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
School: Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass
Communication, The University of Oklahoma

Data Driven Transformation
“Beyond the Rainbow, an Investigation into
LGBTQ+ Marketing and Its Future”
Agency Network: WPP Unite

“This year’s Mosaic Award recipients are a glowing representation of the Mosaic Principles we strive to champion daily. Each campaign, initiative, and leader, illustrates the necessity of accurate and intersectional stories in our industry, and the leadership required to accomplish that goal. Our honorees serve as a North Star for leveraging the power of advertising and media to promote systemic change through equity and inclusion,” commented Candace D. Queen, VP, AAF Mosaic Center.

In addition, this year marks the inaugural launch of the Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund, an initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of diverse talent pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and media. “For two decades the Mosaic Center has celebrated the changemakers driving our industry forward. This felt like a logical next step as we reimagine how we create a strong pillar of advocacy with the Mosaic Awards by removing financial barriers to entry into the industry,” said Ms. Queen.

For further details regarding this year’s Mosaic Awards, including a list of winners and judges, visit aaf.org/mosaicawards; or contact Candace D. Queen ([email protected]) or LeAirra Lacey at ([email protected]).

Creating an inclusive and progressive industry is a core mission of the AAF that has been brought to life by The Mosaic Center for nearly three decades. The Mosaic Center serves as a resource and advocate for diversity and inclusion. The Mosaic Center is committed to helping the advertising, media and marketing professions reflect our country’s evolving cultural diversity and creating sustainable impact with its partners. 

The Mosaic Center sits under the umbrella of the newly established American Advertising Foundation, founded July 1, 2023. The Foundation will serve as the American Advertising Federation’s philanthropic arm. Programs developed by the Foundation include Education Services and Mosaic Center Programs. One of the Mosaic Center Programs is the Mosaic Awards.


The American Advertising Foundation is a service arm of the American Advertising Federation that exists primarily to identify, nurture, prepare and advocate for diverse and inclusive talent for the advertising, media and marketing industries. The American Advertising Foundation strives to develop wholly inclusive communities that champion and celebrate a culture of personal and professional development, prepares the next generation of leaders, and equips participants to grow and thrive in the dynamic and competitive advertising, media and marketing marketplace. It is a 501(c)(3) and tax-exempt organization. Learn more about the AAF Foundation here.

SOURCE American Advertising Foundation

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Margaritaville Ranks #1 in Guest Satisfaction in the Coveted J.D. Power Study



ORLANDO, Fla., July 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts ranks first among Upper Upscale Hotel Brands*, according to the J.D. Power 2023 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index (NAGSI) Study, released today. The annual study analyzes over 33,754 guest responses to survey questions and benchmarks 102 hospitality companies across nine market segments to measure guest satisfaction, advocacy, and loyalty.

Margaritaville Ranks in Guest Satisfaction in J.D. Power Study

“It is an honor to have Margaritaville ranked in guest satisfaction” said Dan Leonard, President of Hospitality at Margaritaville. “We are proud of the team members across our properties that work to make the traveler experience unique and memorable. They are true ambassadors of the Margaritaville state of mind and aim to create an environment for our guests that is synonymous with high-quality fun and escapism. This award is a reflection of those collective efforts.”

With an array of offerings in its rapidly-expanding portfolio, Margaritaville reaches consumers across the U.S. and beyond who are looking to be transported to a vacation state of mind, regardless of their current latitude. The brand features over 40 lodging locations across boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts, branded real estate, RV destinations, gaming properties and a cruise line. In addition to restaurants and consumer lifestyle products, the brand also recently introduced the License to Chill Podcast on SiriusXM, home to Radio Margaritaville, and the title sponsorship of Major League Pickleball, branding the league MLP by Margaritaville.

For more information on the J.D. Power 2023 North America Guest Satisfaction Study, visit here. To learn more about Margaritaville, visit www.margaritaville.com.

*Tied in 2023. For J.D. Power 2023 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards. 

About Margaritaville
Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977, is a global lifestyle brand inspired by Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. 

Margaritaville features over 40 lodging locations and over 20 additional projects in the pipeline positioned across a variety of full-service and boutique hotel and resort brands, branded real estate, premium RV destinations, and gaming properties, all complemented by an extensive suite of food and beverage concepts, including Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, and LandShark Bar & Grill. Hotel brands include Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts, Compass by Margaritaville, Margaritaville Beach House, Margaritaville St. Somewhere, and the all-inclusive product, Margaritaville Island Reserve. Further elevating experiences, Margaritaville’s branded real estate includes Latitude Margaritaville, “55 and better” active adult brand; Margaritaville Cottages, Villas and Residences; One Particular Harbour Margaritaville; and Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham. 

The newest brand additions to Margaritaville’s properties includes the rapidly-growing Camp Margaritaville RV Resorts and Margaritaville at Sea, which debuted in 2022 with its first ship, Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. Additionally, consumers can escape every day through a collection of lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor, a SiriusXM radio station, and more. 

More than 20 million travelers and consumers every year change their latitude and attitude with Margaritaville. For more information, visit www.margaritaville.com and follow Margaritaville on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. A pioneer in the use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic modeling capabilities to understand consumer behavior, J.D. Power has been delivering incisive industry intelligence on customer interactions with brands and products for more than 50 years. The world’s leading businesses across major industries rely on J.D. Power to guide their customer-facing strategies.

J.D. Power has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. To learn more about the company’s business offerings, visit JDPower.com/business. The J.D. Power auto shopping tool can be found at JDPower.com.

SOURCE Margaritaville

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