Louis Bélanger was born in Beauport, Quebec, in 1964. He made his first short film, Dogmatisme ou le songe d'Adrien, with Denis Chouinard while studying communications the Université du Québec à Montréal; it received a special mention at Montbéliard and an award at the Festival international du jeune cinéma de Montréal. Bélanger and Chouinard made two medium-length films : Le Soleil et ses traces (1990) and Les 14 définitions de la pluie (1992). The latter work won the award for best video at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Also in collaboration with Denis Chouinard, Bélanger contributed to the scripts of the films Clandestins (1996) and L’Ange de goudron (Tar Angel, 1999).