ABOUT

h264 is an integrated distribution studio supporting filmmakers and producers in the distribution of short films, feature film, aggregation, and discoverability. This one-of-a-kind studio has distributed several successful films including two recent Oscar®-nominated films. h264 wishes to support a handful number of films per year and developing innovative strategies tailored to each film, from screenplay to digital release.

Our values

h264 is a diverse, inclusive organization committed to promoting equality and providing a welcoming and open environment. It does not tolerate any form of discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical or intellectual disability, age, marital status, family status, source of income or sexual orientation.

OUR TEAM

Jean-Christophe J. Lamontagne
President and Founder

Driven by his passion for promoting cinema, Jean-Christophe founds h264 in 2015. His goal: to expand the reach of cinematographic works by forging strong relationships between audiences and creators. The same impulse brings him to cofound and pilot Plein(s) Écran(s), the world’s first film festival to take place on Facebook. h264 is diversifying its activities and, in 2019, it launched a new aggregation service offer in a will to improve the accessibility and the distribution on digital platforms.

Favourite movies
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick
Tu dors Nicole Stéphane Lafleur
Happy Gilmore Dennis Dugan
The Killing of a Sacred Deer Yorgos Lanthimos

Favourite meal
Chicken Biryani

Stephanie Demers
Vice-President and Associate (Feature Film)

Stéphanie has been working for 12 years in distribution. She has an in-depth knowledge of the market and stands out with her collaborative approach. In May 2021, Stéphanie is involved in the implementation of h264’s feature film division and takes on the role of vice-president. Her primary objective is to accompany filmmakers and to help promote their works to their target audiences.

In parallel, Stéphanie is a co-founder of Aime ton cinema and a member of both the CRCQ (Comité de relance du cinéma au Québec) and the executive committee of the RDIFQ (Regroupement des distributeurs indépendants de films du Québec), sits on the PCCQ’s (Prix collégial du cinéma québécois) board of directors and loves reality shows.

Favourite movies
Before Sunrise Richard Linklater
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  Michel Gondry
Her Spike Jonze
Juno Jason Reitman
Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau

Favourite meal
Club Social PS pizza is MTL’s finest

Justine Baillargeon
Head of Distribution (Short film)

After studying film at Concordia in Montreal and Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, as well as journalism at Université de Montréal, Justine marries her professional passions and becomes a journalist for Qui fait Quoi. In 2017, she leaves Quebec for France to work for the Cannes Film Festival Market, first collaborating with the Cinando team, the largest database dedicated to film professionals. She then joins the Industry Programs Department where she plays a part in developing of the first edition of the Online Film Market. In 2021, Justine integrated the h264 team as Head of Distribution.

Favourite movies
La strada — Federico Fellini
C.R.A.Z.Y. — Jean-Marc Vallée
Moulin Rouge — Baz Luhrmann
Druk — Thomas Vinterberg
Shoplifters — Kore-eda Hirokazu

Favourite meal
Korean & Vietnamese cuisine

Yza Nouiga
Head of Sales and Acquisitions

An HEC Montreal graduate with an MSc and a BBA, Iza is the Head of Sales and Acquisitions for the Aggregation division at h264. After growing up in Morocco, she moved to Quebec to pursue her studies in business administration. She did her end-of-studies internship in international distribution at Les Films Séville and then worked for several years in editorial content production and distribution for SSENSE, one of the leaders in luxury e-commerce. At the same time, she has an artistic practice as a director and screenwriter. Yza is also a founding member of Ineffables, a group dedicated to racialized and indigenous female talent in the audiovisual sector.

Favourite movies
Le Quattro Volte — Michelangelo Frammartino
I Am Not a Witch — Rungano Nyoni
Close-up — Abbas Kiarostami
In the Mood for Love — Wong Kar-wai
La Planète Sauvage — René Laloux

Favourite meal
Kaiseki-ryori

Isabelle Legault
Head of Marketing and Discoverability

Isabelle has been working in the digital industry for over 14 years. She begins her career at Archambault, where she modernizes practices as the company prepares for a major digital shift. In 2010, she joins the Ubisoft Montreal’s transmedia project. Her versatility and knowledge of e-commerce translated into an explosion in sales for the department. In 2015, she takes the big leap into the film industry, joining the Filmoption International team as Director of Distribution & Marketing. From screenplay to digital release, she works closely with creators to develop and implement innovative marketing strategies. In 2020, she co-founds the Aime ton cinéma showcase which aims at creating a place for Quebec cinema to shine.

Favourite movies
Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire — Monia Chokri
Une femme est une femme — Jean-Luc Godard
Persona — Ingmar Bergman
Lost in Translation — Sofia Coppola
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — Ana Lily Amirpour

Favourite meal
Sushis (especially from Ryu)

Jérémie Lagacé
Technical Director

After getting his Bachelor of Arts degree from Université de Montréal in 2002, Jérémie sets out to start a video rental store project. The “Série B” video club remains open until 2007. In 2009 Jérémie enrolls in television and film technique at Grasset Institute. Once graduated, he works for a while in television production and information technology. Around 2012, he is hired as a Production Coordinator for Les Films Séville and Entertainment One, where he manages content distribution for video-on-demand platforms. In 2016, he is appointed to coordinate the restoration and post-production of the Éléphant project. Jérémie joins the h264 team in 2019 as Technical Director.

Favourite movies
The Limey — Steven Soderbergh
Le mari de la coiffeuse — Patrice Leconte
Lost Highway — David Lynch
Pulp Fiction vQuentin Tarantino
Ghostbusters — Ivan Reitman

Favourite meal
It’s hard to replace a good salmon tartar with anything else

Léa-Marie Montreuil
Coordinator

With a certificate in Public Communication from Université Laval and a bachelor’s degree in cinema from Université de Montréal, Léa-Marie first joins the h264 team as an intern, before taking on the mantle of coordinator in 2020. She boasts a wide range of experience as an Assistant Director, Art Director and Production Manager for several short films, as well as being an actor, mainly working in theatre. Passionate about music of all kinds, she will make you a playlist that caters to your mood. Among her greatest interests are art in all its forms, travel, craft beer tasting and a love for horticulture.

Favourite movies
Whiplash — Damien Chazelle
Birdman — Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Fight Club — David Fincher
Parasite — Bong Joon Ho
La La Land — Damien Chazelle
Laurence Anyways… — Xavier Dolan

Favourite meal
Most likely Italian in another lifetime, Léa is happy with a plate of fresh pasta