Creative Finance: Denis Côté prospers with quirky art films

Montreal has long been a hub for creative innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. In this column, Brendan Kelly offers a snapshot of individuals pushing the boundaries of their field, looking at how they’ve managed their relationship with money in order to “make it” in their chosen domain.

Name: Denis Côté

Occupation: Filmmaker

Length of career: 20 years

Savings: Yes

Assets: Rents a small apartment in the McGill ghetto. “No house, no car, no driver’s licence, no luxury, no chalet. No family fortune.”  

Seed money

Côté, one of Canada’s most acclaimed art-house filmmakers, was working at the HMV record store downtown in 1999 when some friends told him the alternative weekly ICI was looking for someone to write film reviews. Côté, 25 at the time, was reluctant at first but finally went to see the film they wanted reviewed and brought his floppy diskette down to the ICI offices. Soon…

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