The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) gives us an opportunity to discover, on the big screen, artists and their works and their creative processes. In addition to making arts and culture accessible to Canadians, this unique cultural event showcases the achievements of artists, artisans and professionals working in film, video and television.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to thank the International Festival of Films and the volunteers who have worked so hard to organize this year’s festival. Happy 35th anniversary!
Depuis 35 ans, le Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) est présent dans le paysage culturel montréalais. Le gouvernement du Québec est de soutenir cet événement d’envergure qui a fait sa place dans un créneau unique. Reconnu pour la qualité des œuvres qu’il présente, le FIFA rassemble annuellement les meilleures productions d’ici et d’ailleurs. Aux milliers de spectateurs qu’il attire s’ajoutent des artistes, des producteurs, des diffuseurs et des médias internationaux. Assurément, ce festival contribue au rayonnement de notre métropole et de notre culture ainsi qu’à leur reconnaissance dans le circuit des événements cinématographiques. À toutes et à tous, bon festival!
Ministre de la Culture et des Communications
et ministre responsable de la Protection
et de la Promotion de la langue française
Ministre de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
et ministre responsable de la région de la Capitale-Nationale
Ministre des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire,
ministre de la Sécurité publique
et ministre responsable de la région de Montréal
Film, like art, is a universal language. Combining both can yield rich and extraordinary results.
This is what we will find in the International Festival of Films on Art, one of Montréal’s most distinguished cultural venues and an asset for the positioning of our cultural metropolis. I wish the organizers of this event great success with their 35th Festival. I would also like to extend a cordial welcome to our visitors.
Mayor of Montréal
The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) brings together lovers of both cinema and art in all its forms. For the past 35 years, the Festival has been promoting the prestige of artistic individuals and shining a spotlight on the countless creative efforts of as many of them as possible. Without a doubt, this is a cultural event offering a wealth of opportunities for film lovers, directors and producers to get together.
Once again, this year, the Conseil des arts de Montréal is happy to lend its support to FIFA, which plays a part in making Montreal a major cultural metropolis. Congratulations to the entire Festival team, thanks to whom we can experience a unique immersion in the creative world of artists from around the world.
Several decades ago, our country’s filmmakers dreamed of offering Canadians more stories based on Canadian experiences. In 1967, the development of an original model for funding films in Canada led to the creation of Telefilm Canada.
2017 marks our 50th anniversary! What a great opportunity this gives us to celebrate 50 years of talent—to honour those who helped build this industry, including our partners, International Festival of Films on Art.
The films from the first decade have become classics, among them: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Ted Kotcheff; Goin’ Down the Road by Don Shebib; Réjeanne Padovani by Denys Arcand; and La Vie rêvée by Mireille Dansereau.
And looking to the next 50 years, the future is bright for Canadian cinema with a diverse generation of emerging talent who create works for screens of all sizes. Play it forward…
On behalf of Telefilm, I wish you all a wonderful festival full of discovery and delight.
Chair of the Board, Telefilm Canada
Art and culture are intrinsic elements of our sense of belonging – to a community, a nation, a country, to humanity itself.
With their creative visions, their expressions of hope and their questioning of the status quo, artists play a vital role in helping us to better understand and address the complex challenges of our times. They provoke new ways of thinking and transformations that enrich the lives of their fellow Canadians.
The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support FIFA because art is essential in pointing us, together, toward a brighter future.
Director and CEO
For 35 years, the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) has been a space where artists and fi lmmakers converge with art and movie lovers. This important event proposes a remarkable line-up of fi lms about creativity in all its forms for tourists and Montrealer.
This unique fi lm festival is the largest of its kind in the world. Year after year, FIFA gives viewers the chance to see outstanding works by talented international artists. With screenings across Montréal, the festival’s diverse program showcases the exceptional creativity and vision for which the city is renowned.
Tourisme Montréal is proud to support this festival, which infuses our city with incredible artistry for 10 glorious days of cinematic excellence. Wishing you a wonderful festival!
Wishing you a wonderful festival!
President and CEO