Multi-talented producer, projects and corporate managers, Catherine Drolet has been in documentary production for 20 years. She worked on the creation, production and distribution of over 60 documentaries.
As a documentary producer, she distinguished herself with the feature-length documentary, Yesterday Still Hoping by Catherine Veaux-Logeat, honoured at the Festival international des droits de l’homme in Paris and screened at numerous festivals and cinemas here and abroad, broadcast on Radio-Canada, RDI and TV5 Monde. She also worked from 2004 to 2008 on the feature-length documentary À Contre-courant by Lisa Sfriso, winner of the Télé-Québec public award at the Rendez-vous du cinema Québécois. She also produced Small Wonders by Tally Abecassis (InformAction), entirely filmed in 16 mm, selected for competition at Hot Docs 2010 and broadcast on CBC.
She then launched the feature-length documentary: No land No Food No Life by Amy Miller, selected by the VIFF as well by the IDFA where it was a finalist for the IDFA-OXFAM Prize in 2013, then won a special jury mention from the FFPE and the Global South Prize Crossroads/Images of Festival del Terre. It has screened in cinemas, on Super Channel, Télé-Québec and numerous international broadcasters. A Guy’s a Guy! by Simon Goulet was shown on RDI and Radio-Canada. At the 2014 Prix Gémeaux both films were nominated for “Best Social Documentary” and A Guy’s a Guy! was also up for “Best Research: Public Affairs, or Documentary Programming.”
Produced with the collaboration of Canal D, Claude – Still Alive by Bruno Boulianne was selected by the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma and released in theatres where it received excellent reviews in the press. Claude – Still Alive won two 2018 Prix Gémeaux: “Best Documentary or Documentary Series: Biography or Portrait” and “Best Sound: Magazine, Public Affairs, Documentary Programming;“ in addition to being a finalist in two other categories: “Best Documentary Direction: Biography or Portrait” and “Best Original Music: Documentary” highlighting the work of Brad Barr of The Barr Brothers.
Cites Held Hostage by Martin Frigon was broadcast on CBC in 2017, then on RDI in 2019 in its French version titled Main basse sur la ville, after a premiere at Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma and a sold-out "screenings events" theatrical release. The film won the 2019 Prix Gémeaux for ”Best Documentary Scenario”. In total, the documentary is nominated in 4 categories with: “Best Documentary or Documentary Series: History and Politics”, ”Best Documentary Direction: Society, History and Politics” and “Best Documentary Photography: Public Affairs, Documentary Programming”.
In the fall of 2019, she launched the social digital documentary social campaign #TonDéclic #WhenItClicks, a unique and innovative project that promotes school perseverance among young men aged 18 to 25, which is built around a series of short documentaries. Deploying on the web and social media (without broadcaster), this project has been a great success with over 1 million views so far, and is a Prix Gémeaux finalist in the category "Best Program or Original Documentary Series produced for digital media: Documentary".
A life-long learner fascinated by a multiplicity of topics, Catherine Drolet formal education include a Bachelor of Counselling (B.Ed.-Counselling), a diploma from HEC-Montreal in television and cinematographic production management education program and a Master in project management (PMP, 2015).