The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is pleased to reveal the winners in its 37th edition. This year, 22 feature-length films and 23 short films were in official competition. They were in the running for one of the seven prizes awarded by the jury: Grand Prize, Jury Prize, Prize for Best Essay, Prize for Best Portrait, Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin Prize for Best Canadian Work, Prize for Best Short Film, and Prize for Best Interactive Work. According to FIFA tradition, all of the award-winning feature films will be screened again on Sunday, March 31 at Cinéma Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin.



Elsewhere by Adrian Figueroa | Germany | 2017

The jury chose to award the prize for best short film to Elsewhere for its remarkable freedom, in both form and content. “Andrian Figueroa brings both humanity and depth to the subjects of his film (eight inmates serving long prison sentences), provoking real reflection on the state of captivity (in both the literal and the figurative senses),” noted the jury. “The jury believes that this unique work makes a contribution to expanding the documentary genre.”

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 1:30 p.m. | Session #119


The jury for awarded three honourable mentions to the works that stood out the most in the Experientia section.

Claude Monet - L'obsession des nymphéas by Nicolas Thépot | France | 2018

Jury honourable mention for this immersive work that places spectators at the heart of the painter’s work.

Gods of Dance by Jayson Tang | USA | 2017

Jury honourable mention for the film’s remarkable aesthetic.

Carriberrie by Dominic Allen | Australia | 2018

Jury honourable mention for the voyage on which the film takes spectators to the heart of aboriginal cultures.



Immaculate Memories: The Uncluttered Worlds of Christopher Pratt by Kenneth Harvey | Canada | 2018


The members of the jury were unanimous in their choice of the film by Kenneth Harvey, who received the prize for best Canadian work. The jury made this decision in recognition of “the rare partnership born of an encounter between an artist and a filmmaker, for the intelligent translation into film of a life’s work in all its richness and complexity.”
The Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin Prize for Best Canadian Film will be programmed as part of Cineplex events after the festival. Dates to be confirmed soon.

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 7:45 p.m. | Session #121


Escher : Journey Into Infinity. Narrated by Stephen Fry by Robin Lutz | The Netherlands | 2018

In the jury’s opinion, “This film creates a passionate desire to rediscover the work of Maurits Cornelis Escher. It is a complete and well-documented history that mingles the intimate and the world-renowned body of work by an artist who said he was more a mathematician. The film also deserved awards for its ingenious and diverse soundtrack, its elegant animations, and the humorous commentary voiced by Stephen Fry.”

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 7:45 p.m. | Session #121


Where Are You, João Gilberto ? by Georges Gachot | Switzerland | 2017

The prize for film essay is awarded to the portrait of the founding father of the bossa nova, João Gilberto, an iconic figure of modern Brazil who has ascended from posterity to myth. The jury saw, “in the footsteps of Marc Fischer – an investigative author with a tragic fate – the work Where Are You, Joao Gilberto?, which unfurls his story as a poignant quest for the heart of musical creation in the search for a reclusive legend. Haunted by ghosts, this film ingeniously draws on literary sources for the plot and stylistic elements of an impossible portrait, of which viewers will be able to grasp only the outlines.”

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 1:30 p.m. | Session #119


Etgar Keret : Based on a True Story by Stephane Kaas | The Netherlands | 2017

Everyone fell in love with the form and substance of this documentary about an author. Inspired by his subject’s incredible style, the director had the jury laughing out loud even as he offered a deep reflection on the art of storytelling. In a world that often seems senseless, Keret offers a way to reconcile ourselves with the absurdity of life, and his art is a breath of fresh air.

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 4:30 p.m.| Session #120


La Chana de Lucija Stojevic | Spain | 2016

La Chana was awarded the Grand Prize. As stated by the jury, “In the world of films on art, which still makes too little room for women artists, for its life lesson and the essential reflection on art, for its humanity, for its editing that subtly links past to present, for its effective narrative that draws a nuanced, touching portrait of an exceptional and passionate dancer who devoted her entire life and soul to flamenco. For the tension of the finale, when the aged dancer returns to the stage one last time, with the same passion, risking her life ... For this moment of profound cinematographic emotion!”

Repeat screening: Sunday, March 31, 4:30 p.m. | Session #120


For the feature films, the jury members were Manon Barbeau, documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Wapikoni mobile (Québec); Dominique Ferré, program consultant for the Unité Documentaires, art et culture de France 5 (France); Émilie Perreault, cultural journalist and producer (Québec); Jonathan Pouthier, conservation officer in the film collection department of the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou (France). For the short film category and the FIFA Experientia section, the jury members were Jean-Christophe Yakono, creative director at 4U2C and Cirque du soleil (Québec); Alexia Bürger, author and director (Québec); and producer Khoa Lê (Québec).


FIFA is grateful to CINEPLEX for its valuable partnership that made it possible to concentrate all the films in its two screening rooms during the second week of the festival, and for creation of the Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin Prize for Best Canadian Film, which will be programmed as part of Cineplex events after the festival.
FIFA also thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council of the Arts, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, la Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, and Tourisme Montréal for their generous support.