It’s Happening: Montreal World Film Festival 2016

montreal world film festival 2016 previewOne of the oldest film festival in Canada happens right here in Montreal at the end of the summer each year. It began in 1977 and is still running for its 40th year.  The 40th edition opens today with the screening of André Fournier’s Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes.  Organizational and now financial woes have threatened the festival more and more as time goes on with this year being the worst of them all.  Employees have resigned en masse and theatre rentals are up in the air.  Still according to festival founder Serge Losique, the show is going on.


Unlike other more media focused upon festivals (yeah, I’m looking at you TIFF) the Montreal World Film Festival’s focus is on films from elsewhere than North America.  Using films as its medium the festival is trying to broker an understanding between cultures, advocate for cultural diversity and encourage filmmaking in all corners of the globe.


Here is a breakdown of the categories the films at the festival are slotted into:

World Competition (features and shorts)

First Films World Competition (features)

Out of Competition (features)

Focus on World Cinema (features and Shorts)

Documentaries of the World (features, medium-length films, shorts)


Cinema Under the Stars

Student Film Festival (Canadian and international shorts)


Additional Information:

-Dates:  August 25 – September 5, 2016

-Venues:  Imperial Theatre, Place des Arts, Cineplex Forum Theatre


-Ticket Purchase:

-Ticket Prices:  Individual film – $12.00

10 Film Package – $85.00

Passeport – $130.00

Cinephile Passeport – $250.00

Prestige Membership – $750.00

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *