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François Pesant is a Director of Photography who lives and work in Montreal and Mexico City. He has worked on various fiction and documentary films, both shorts and features, as well as commercials. He has shot for Netflix, the CBC, the National Film Board of Canada, and for clients like Chevrolet, BBVA, and Nestlé. His latest feature Gods of Mexico, currently in post-production, won Best Work in Progress at the Los Cabos Film Festival.


François Pesant


Films & TV Series


  • Belascoarán – Promo, directed by Martín Boege. Prod: Netflix / Perro Azul.

Series promotion.

  • Gods of Mexico, directed by Helmut Dosantos – Fulgura Frango (post-production)

Feature film. Winner Work in Progress category, Festival de Los Cabos, Mexico.

  • Branded, directed by Viveka Melki. Prod: CBC (in production).

Documentary film.

  • L’Acte de la Beauté, directed by Nicolas Paquet. Prod: FranCdoc.

Documentary film.

  • Roadside Heroes, directed by Eric Brunt. Prod: CBC (demo completed, in pre-production).

Documentary film.



  • Dans l’Ombre, directed by David Émond-Ferrat. Prod: Kino.

Short film.

  • Dislocada, directed by François Pesant. Prod: Fine and Dandy Films (post-production).

Short film.

  • La Dame Safranée, directed by Sali Yang. Prod: ONF/NFB.

Short film.

  • Allô, directed by Julie Roy. Prod: Kino.

Short film.

  • Not Another Serial Killer, directed by Angela Goulene & Alessandro Russotti. Prod: Kino.

Short film.


  • La Veille, directed by Christine Chevarie. Prod: ONF/NFB

Documentary short.

  • Estanislao, directed by Alejandro Guzman. Prod: Animal Tropical.

Feature film (as 2nd unit DP).

  •  El Secreto del Dr. Grinberg, directed by Ida Cuellar. Prod: Polar Star Films.

Documentary film (as additional DP).


  • Yankee, directed by Carlos Carrera and Max Zunino. Prod: Netflix / Argos.

Netflix Series (as camera operator).

  •  Esto No Es Berlin, directed by Hari Sama. Prod: Catatonia Films.

Feature film (as camera operator).

  • Fever, directed by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci. Prod: Gargamel Studio.

Short film.

  • La Mitad de tu Vida, directed by Eduardo Terán. Prod: Anamorfica.

Short film.



  • Historias y Relatos, directed by Mario Sandoval. Prod: Comon Pipol for TV Azteca.

TV Series.


  • An Enemy Within, directed by François Pesant. Prod: Canada Art Council.

Documentary short. Official selection DocsDF and Festival Regard.



  • Jack, vétéran du Vietnam, directed by François Pesant. Prod: La Presse.

Documentary short. Best documentary short award, Festival Regard.

Music Videos

  • Pagan Woman, Dead Lizards. Directed by Ida Cuellar

  • Black Hole, Midnight Folks. Directed by Lucía Toledo

  • Red Horizon, Ghölem. Directed by Claudio Zilleruelo


For commercial assignments and advertising, please contact Shakti Prod:   /  +52 55 5277 8270

Selected Exhibitions



  • Tierra Conmovida, Bienal de Fotografía, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico


  • Río, Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico

  • An Enemy Within, Patricia Conde Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico


  • Lecciones del 68. ¿Por qué no se olvida el 2 de octubre?, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Mexico City, Mexico

  • An Enemy Within, Moscow International Foto Awards, Rooftop Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand


  • Montréal – Points de vue, McCord Museum, Montreal, Canada

  • An Enemy Within, Moscow International Foto Awards, FotoLoft Gallery, Moscow, Russia

  • Group Exhibition, Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, USA


  • Picture Change, Toronto

  • Sandy: Devastation, Document, Drive, Museum of the City of New York, USA

  • An Enemy Within, Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France


  • Home, Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, USA

  • Recycling Delhi, La Tohu, Montreal, Canada

  • Rouge au carré, Marché Bonsecours, Montreal, Canada


  • Recycling Delhi, Museum La Pulperie, Chicoutimi, Canada

  • Climate Refugees, Maison de la Culture Marie Uguay, Montreal, Canada


  • Humankind, Powerhouse Arena, New York, USA

  • Haïti à vif, Museum Juste pour Rire, Montreal, Canada

  • Climate Refugees, La Tohu, Montreal, Canada

  • Recycling Delhi, Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France


Selected Publications


  • New York Times

  • M – Le Magazine du Monde

  • Le Monde

  • Courrier International

  • VSD

  • Paris Match

  • Bloomberg Businessweek

  • DAYS Japan

  • Newsweek Japan

  • Marie Claire

  • Journal du dimanche

  • Domingo

  • The Walrus

  • L’actualité

  • Châtelaine

  • La Presse

  • Le Devoir

  • Grafika





  • Selected for the Bienal de Fotografía of Mexico


  • Grant of the Canada Art Council


  • Moscow International Foto Awards – Editorial Photo Essay

  • National Press Photographer Association’s (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism


  • Selected at Visa pour l’Image

  • Anthropographia Award

  • Lucy Foundation’s International Photography Awards

  • Black & White Spider Awards

  • Canadian Magazine Awards – Honorable Mention

  • Grant of the Quebec Arts and Letters Council


  • International Photography Awards – 2 Honorable Mentions


  • Grand Prix Lux 2011

  • Prix Lux – Reportage / News

  • Canadian Magazine Award – Honorable Mention

  • Antoine-Desilets Award


  • Selected at Visa pour l’Image

  • Selected for the international exhibition Humankind in New York

  • Prix Lux – Reportage / Humanitarian cause

  • Antoine-Desilets Award – Photoreportage

  • Antoine-Desilets Award – Multimedia

  • Grands prix du journalisme indépendant – Press Photography

  • Grant of the Quebec Arts and Letters Council


  • Prix Lux – Reportage / News

  • Prix Lux – Reportage / Humanitarian cause

  • Grands prix du journalisme indépendant – Press Photography

  • Grands prix du journalisme indépendant – Written piece




- Enemigo Dentro. Ediciones Urano, Mexico


- L’ennemi intérieur / An Enemy Within. Les Belles Lettres, France


- Picture Change. PhotoSensitive (collective), Canada

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