Annie Coutu, independent filmmaker having family and company in Gatineau (Quebec), was born in Rouyn Noranda on April 16, 1972. Annie was awarded first prize for an advertisement concept in 1990 when she directed on live radio and in front of an audience her advertisement. In 1999, she decided to take a chance by directing her own script called From A Distance which was broadcast on local stations. Loving the experience but wishing to further her skills of the industry, she received via e-mail her answer: the Hollywood Film Festival was offering 4 days of conferences with people of the industry. The festival had among its jurors people like James Cameron and Quantin Tarantino as well as other major names. It looked like she was on the right path.