FIFA Experientia at Place des Arts

A new feature will be at the heart of the 37th edition: FIFA Experientia, devoted to virtual reality, interactive works, and other new media

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is happy to announce a new feature at the heart of its programming for its 37th edition: FIFA Experientia. Devoted to virtual reality, interactive works, and other new media, this selection will highlight innovative perspectives on artistic creation. This new section of our programme will take place March 20–24, 2019 at the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts.

Beyond the screenings themselves, these will include festive and artistic experiences offered free to the public. They will take the form of "Experimental Bars", incorporating a total of eleven interactive virtual works–completely new forms of narrative and artistic discourse–as well as a video game, all free to the general public. These offerings will be enriched by one interactive public performance celebrating dance at the Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme.

Coralie Baudet, the programmer of this interactive exhibition, explains: “Today, new forms of narrative are being explored: these are new perspectives on art and they provoke fresh discourse. FIFA is proud to present these ground-breaking works to Montrealers. 

The Festival always strives to encourage artistic creation and innovation, and this year it will institute a new prize for Best Interactive Work among the seven awards given out at its 37th closing ceremony.

Unframed | Intimacies
Martin Charrière | Switzerland | 2018 | 7'

Félix Vallotton portrayed his friend and muse, the celebrated French pianist Misia Sert, in each of a series of woodcuts. Upon seeing them, she took up her finest pen and wrote to the artist. Let her guide you through these late nineteenth century Paris interiors and tell you about how a man wanted to portray his love life…

Firebird: The Unfinished
Balthazar Auxietre | France | 2018 | 15'
Performing Arts

Firebird: The Unfinished plunges viewers into the heart of the ill-fated love story of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. It creates a fairy-tale atmosphere in which the emotion and grace of romantic ballet are enhanced by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Gustav Holst's The Planets.

The Coast
Turbulent studio | Canada | 2018 | 4'
The Coast is a virtual reality video for the Montreal band Valaire's eponymous song. Lasting less than four minutes, it transports the viewer into the rhythmic landscape of an exotic island, richly coloured and full of life, bursting with music. The experience practically begs spectators to dance along.

Claude Monet – L'obsession des nymphéas (Claude Monet–The Water Lily Obsession)
Nicolas Thépot | France | 2018 | 8'

Claude Monet-The Water Lily Obsession is an immersive experience in which the visitor explores the environment surrounding Monet's celebrated Water Lilies series. From the water gardens of Giverny, through the painter's atelier, to the exhibitions at the Musée de l'Orangerie, this film is a contemplative journey narrated by extracts from the correspondence between Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau.

Cecilia Sweet-Coll | USA | 2017 | 6'
Performing Arts

The fruit of a close collaboration of musicians and dancers, Anicca explores the idea of impermanence, one of the three pillars of Buddhism. Using motion design technology, the film translates the dancers movements into virtual reality; their graceful and expressive figures move through the same space as the audience, inviting them to rethink their own place in the universe.

Condemned to Play
Gordon, Andrès Jarach | France | 2018 | 5'

​Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1560 painting Children's Games portrays 200 children playing 91 different games. In this funny, irreverent, and erudite film, the children take control of the painting, bemoaning their weariness at having to play for all eternity.

The Gods of Dance
Jayson Tang | USA | 2017 | 6'
Performing Arts

The Gods of Dance is a virtual reality experience that is as much auditory as visual, immersing viewers in the essence of poetic and graceful movements of three San Francisco Ballet dancers. In this world, these godlike figures reign supreme.

Unframed | Hodler
Martin Charrière | Switzerland | 2018 | 6'

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Hodler, a virtual train sets off through fascinating landscapes, making four stops along the life and work of the most celebrated of Swiss painters. It is an immersive journey into the great masterpieces of Swiss art.

True Passion
Samuel Ivaska | Slovakia | 2018 | 2'
Performing Arts

Step onstage alongside the dancers of the Slovak National Theatre and discover the elegance of balletic art firsthand.

Dominic Allen | Australia | 2018 | 14'
Performing Arts

"Dance is our first language." From Uluru to the edge of the rainforest, Carriberrie transports the viewer to the heart of Aboriginal traditions and customs that are more at risk than ever before. Combining dance, song, and music, this documentary is a hymn to the richness and diversity of the Aboriginal culture.

Playing Together
Federico Giuseppini, Gabriele Giuliani | Italy | 2018 | 7'
Performing Arts

What if you could sit in on a rehearsal featuring great artist and his orchestra? In Playing Together, the viewer discovers the work of celebrated Italian pianist Giovanni Allevi, hard at work with Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana on Together, a piece from his latest album Equilibrium.

Cosmografik | France | 2018
Urban Art

An homage to graffiti, this game of stealth transports the viewer to five iconic Street Art cities – Paris, New York, Berlin, São Paulo, and Tokyo – in search of new urban canvases and the works of masters such as Keith Haring and Banksy. The "game" also offers 40 facts sheets to help understand the evolution of Street Art from the 1960's to today.


Auto-workshops de performance : Documentaire vivant (Auto-workshops de performance)
Laurence Beaudoin Morin + le collectif des auto-workshops | Canada | 2018 | 80'

Performing Arts Halfway between documentation and performance, "self-workshops" are staged performance ateliers that bring together artists and laypeople. These one-off meetings, emphasizing experimentation and the exchange of artistic practices, create a unique social dynamic. Screening

Schedule and Ticket Information

Wednesday 20 March: 5 pm – 8 pm
Thursday 21 March: 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Friday 22 March: 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 23 March: 12:30 pm – 8 pm and from 5 pm – 6 :00 pm : Performance Auto-workshops de performance : Documentaire vivant
Sunday 24 March: 12:30 pm – 6 pm.

Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme de la Place des Arts

The 37th edition of the International Festival of Films on Art will be held from March 19th to 31th 2019, at the following venues: Place des Arts, Coeur des Sciences, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Cinéma du Musée (MBAM), Musée McCord Museum, J.A de Sève Cinema (Université Concordia), and at the Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Latin.

The complete programming of the 37th edition will be unveiled on Tuesday, February 19th.

FIFA also wishes to thank Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their generous support.

FIFA would also like to thank Halo Creation for their valuable contribution.