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 co-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 Distribution and Associate

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

Ariane Deschênes

Ariane Deschênes
Vice-president Aggregation and Legal Advisor 

Ariane holds a bachelor’s degree in intellectual property law and digital law from Laval University and Université Paris-Saclay. She has always been passionate about cinema and new technologies. She started at H264 as Director of Business and Legal Relations to develop the aggregation offer. After a brief absence to complete her professional training to become a lawyer, she returns to her first love as Legal Counsel and Head of Business Relations at H264.

Favourite movies
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion — Elio Petri
Black Christmas — Bob Clark
Paris, Texas — Wim Wenders
The Double Life of Veronica — Krzysztof Kieslowski
La Grande Bellezza — Paolo Sorrentino
The Handmaiden — Park Chan-wook

Favourite meal
Dumplings (and vinegar chips)

Léa-Marie Montreuil
Communications and distribution manager

With a certificate in Public Communication from Université Laval and a bachelor’s degree in cinema from Université de Montréal, Léa-Marie first joined the h264 team as an intern. She then took the role of coordinator in 2020, before taking on the mantle of Communications and Distribution Manager since 2022. She boasts a wide range of experience as an Assistant Director, Art Director and Production Manager for several short films.  Among her greatest interests are art in all its forms, travel, music, 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

Sarah Moustakim
Digital Sales Manager

Born of a double culture, Sarah grew up in Morocco and then moved to Paris to study literature and cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. She then completed a master’s degree in film heritage development during which she gained experience in film conservation funds in Paris and New York. Back in Paris, she worked in international sales and then in an association of independent cinemas. She then joined the film department of the French Institute where she participated in the promotion of French and European cinema around the world. In 2022, she arrived in Montreal and joined the H264 team as head of digital sales. She is very excited to discover the Quebec film industry!

Favourite movies
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai
2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
Mes voisins les Yamada de Isao Takahata
Julie (en 12 chapitres) de Joachim Trier

Favourite meal
Lebanese mezzes

Gaëlle Graton
Distribution Coordinator – h264 Studios

Gaëlle studied Sociology and Film Production at Concordia University. She is committed to making her worldview more complex and to reflect on the representation of social issues in arts and cinema. She is also a screenwriter and director. She recently  directed the short film L’autre rive (2021), which won the audience award in the parallel competition of Festival Regard. She is currently developing Petticoats (Jupons), a second short produced by Ugo Media. While working as a producer on a few short films, Gaëlle has been interested in distribution for several years. In 2022, she joined the h264 team to contribute to the promotion of feature films. In addition to her talent for finding easter eggs in films, she is passionated with filmmakers who seek to create new images through utterly unique stories and cinematographic propositions.

Favourite movies
Le cercle by Jafar Pahani
The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard
American Honey by Andrea Arnold
J’ai perdu mon corps de Jérémie Chaplin
Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma
A Women Under The Influence by John Cassavetes

Favourite meal

Oyster and seafood fan