Montreal World Film Festival
Serge Losique, Danièle Cauchard
Year of Foundation 1977
Event Date from 23 August 2018 till 03 September 2018
in Montreal, Canada
Sections World Competition (feature films and short <15 min.), First Films World Competition (feature films), Hors Concours / World Greats (feature films), Focus on World Cinema (feature films 36-60min. and shorts <35 min.), Documentaries of the World (feature length, medium length films 36-60 min. and shorts <35 min.), Our Cinema, Cinema under the Stars, Tributes, Canadian Students Film Festival
Terms of Entry Films must have been produced during the 12 months preceding the Festival, must not have participated in any international competition, must not have been presented on television or the Internet, must not have been released commercially outside the country of production, priority given to world premieres.
Films (selected) in a language other than French, must be subtitled either in French or in English;
Subtitles English subtitles necessary French subtitles recommended
Registration Deadline Feature Length Films (60 min. or over): 8 July 2018
Short Films (under 60 min.): 8 June 2018
Fees Feature Films: CAD $160 Short Films: CAD $60
Attendance Figures 400,000
Participants of the Film Industry 1000 participants of the Film industry, all representatives of the Canadian (mainly French speaking) film-, TV- and distribution business as well as festival scouts
Prizes/Awards World Competition: Grand Prix des Amériques (Best Film), Special Jury Grand Prize, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artisitic Contribution, Innovation Prize, Best Short Film and Shorts Jury Prize
World Competition of First Works: Golden Zenith, Silver Zenith, Bronze Zenith
public awards: People's Choice Award, Most Popular Canadian Film, Best Documentary Award, Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America, Best Canadian Short Film Award.
KU’DAMM 59 (PART 1) by Sven Bohse (UFA Fiction)
First Fiction Films World Competition
KILL ME TODAY, TOMORROW I’M SICK! By Joachim Schroeder & Tobias Streck (Preview Enterprises)
World Greats (out of Competition)
FACTORY COWBOYS – WORKING WITH WARHOL by Ulli Lommel (US/DE, Medea Film)
QUEEN OF RIO by Ulli Lommel (BR/US/DE, Storz Medienfabrik)
Documentaries of the World
KICHKA. LIFE IS A CARTOON by Delfina Jalowik (DE/PL/BE/IL/FR, Center for Persecuted Arts in Solingen)
OUR STONE by Alessandro Soetje (DE/IT, Alpenway Media Production)
Documentaries of the World – Short Films
WE WERE ALL TO BE QUEENS by Ana Catalá (DE/ES)
Focus on World Cinema
KREUZBERG by Carl Bessai (CA/DE, Adhoc Berlin)
ROBIN by Kevin & Toby Schmutzler(DE/ZA, FilmCrew Media)
Student Film Festival: International Competition
MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO LOOK INTO THE SUN by Lilli Tautfest (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
MEET ME IN THE WOODS (LASS UNS ABHAUEN) by Isa Micklitza (HFF Munich)
NINA by Marc Göbel (Hochschule Darmstadt)
THE PYRAMID OF SUN by Damian Weber (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
Number of Films Shown approx. 431 films (short and feature films) from about 72 countries
Media Coverage press reporting in all international trade papers as well as in the international print mediaSpecific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival"). The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.
Evaluation Since Telefilm Canada announced to withdraw its financial support of the festival for 2005 times were quite rough. Meanwhile festival director Serge Losique managed to stabilise the event. Montreal has maintained the interest of the open-minded local audience, this being its strength for the presentation of international films. But screenings are not always well attended.
In 2014, some main sponsors withdrew their support. That worsened the financial situation and illustrates, that the festival lost its film industrial and polictical backing. These difficulties forced the festival to move with the competition screenings to a smaller theater.