39TH FIFA: ✨DISCOVER OUR CARTES BLANCHES AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMING!

White Cards have been offered to festivals that will share with us their favorites (imagineNATIVE, Beirut Festivals, Mexico City and Tel Aviv), but also to artists-curators as well as to the content channel NOWNESS. In addition to special programmes, there is a film by Francis Als and one by Kitoko Diva. The Festival starts in 5 days, get your passports quickly!

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CARTE BLANCHE AT BEIRUT ART FILM FESTIVAL

“By inviting the Beirut Art Film Festival to participate in its 39th edition, the International Film Festival on Art wanted to pay tribute to Beirut; a martyred city, a city bruised by criminal governance, but also a city home to intense cultural activity.

The three documentaries proposed by the artistic direction of the Beirut Art Film Festival highlight the eyes of Lebanese intellectuals on the reconstruction and destruction of their city, Beirut. Thank you to the entire FIFA team for this first initiative, paving the way for future exchanges. –Alice Mogabgab, Artistic Director of BAFF

In co-presentation with
the Lebanese Embassy in Ottawa.

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CARTE BLANCHE AT FOTOGENIA FESTIVAL – MEXICO CITY

A young festival based in Mexico City, Fotogenia promotes alternative film design, a celebration of experimentation and the avant-garde setting, a love of curiosity and the search for the seventh Art.

“All are invited, considering the disturbing nature of the selected works, which confront the cinematic image, its boundaries and the limits of projection, which enter into dialogue with the public in innovative and critical ways to initiate a confrontation between reality and the film phenomenon.” – Christian Pacheco Càmara, President and Director of Fotogenia

In co-presentation with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

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CARTE BLANCHE AT EPOS FESTIVAL – TEL AVIV

In partnership with the EPOS Festival, the International Film Festival on The Art of Israel, FIFA is honored to present the work 8000 Paperclips by Nitsan Tal.

8000 Paperclips follows Israeli artist-sculptor Raffael Lomas, also a TED lecturer, during his meeting with refugee children from South Sudan raised in Israel and then deported to Uganda in Kampala.

Presented with the support of the Israeli Consulate General in Montreal.

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CARTE BLANCHE À IMAGINENATIVE

It is an honour for FIFA to give carte blanche to imagineNATIVE,the world’s largest presenter of aboriginal screen content, which has chosen to highlight the work of visual artist, filmmaker and educator Sky Hopinka.

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest broadcaster of Aboriginal multimedia content. The organization is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its excellence and innovation, as well as being the global centre for Aboriginal media arts and films. They are committed to creating a greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples and cultures through the presentation of aboriginal-made multimedia content, including films, videos, and audio and digital media.

Programme : Indigenous Experimental Cinema – Talk
by Sky Hopinka
A Reflection, a Proposal

Identifying the image and addressing intent, composition and transfer, Sky Hopinka considers various notions related to Aboriginal experimental cinema in the mode of a personal speech.

Indigenous Experimental Cinema – Talk is commissioned by imagineNATIVE for the 2020 edition of the imagineNATIVE Film – Media Arts Festival, under the direction of its artistic director Niki Little.


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CARTE BLANCHE TO CAROLINE MONNET: SHAPING THE FUTURE

“A new generation of Aboriginal filmmakers is now producing stories in their own image that successfully challenge stereotypes, affirming a significant form of narrative sovereignty and self-determination.

Their films take the form of personal narratives with a desire for self-expression that seems to contribute to a general affirmation of identity. The personal and introspective approach brings a necessary authenticity to these powerful works that can go beyond simplistic cultural frameworks.

This program is an invitation to go beyond the obvious, the dominant and the strong, to take a closer look at what lies beneath the surface and hope to put back what was once marginalized in the mainstream. – Caroline Monnet

In co-presentation with the PHI Centre and ESPACE art today.

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CART BLANCHE TO RONALD-ROSE ANTOINETTE: choir, speaks through life
 

In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC),FIFA chose tohonour Ronald Rose-Antoinette, an independent academic, writer and curator by giving him a carte blanche as part of this 39th edition.

“Even if we were in a hurry to open our mouths and express ourselves, to make our language work and to give it to chew, troubled in front of our own (right to) withdrawal, we would have to smash everything and let the rumor of our choir, impudent and profound, be peddled.” – Ronald Rose-Antoinette

Co-present with the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).

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CARTE BLANCHE IN NOWNESS

A FIFA regular, the British platform NOWNESS has organised a carte blanche selection around experimentation.

Program: NOWNESS Experiments
Get Ready for NOWNESS Experiments, a short film program dedicated to an unorthodox culture of moving images. Promoting innovation in computer-generated images, 3D animation and video art, the content of the NOWNESS festival shines a spotlight on world-class digital artists who are at the forefront of experimental cinema. The program includes works by Quentin Jones, the popular fashion artist, and award-winning filmmaker Marc Johnson. In addition, projects by Lebanese directors Aya Atoui and Anthony Sahyoun and Japanese-American filmmaker Sonia Royal will explore speculative futures and invented stories. EXCLUSIVEly at FIFA, NOWNESS will also present the Canadian premiere of Care More, an animation by multimedia artist Thomas Rawle that shakes up dimensions.

Co-present with MUTEK.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SANDLINES, THE STORY OF HISTORY de Francis Alÿs

First Canadian | Iraq | 2020 | 1:1 min
English, Arabic | Subtitles: French

Sandlines, the Story of History, made between 2018 and 2020, near a Yezidi camp in Iraq, is part of a line of projects that the Belgian artist Francis Als has carried out with children from all over. Since 2016, he has directed seven projects in Iraq, including this historical fiction.

In co-presentation with MOMENTA I Image Biennial.

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[THE BLACK MAN IN THE COSMOS] by Kitoko Diva

Canadian premiere
France, United Kingdom | 2020 |18 min
French, English | Subtitles: French, English

[The Black Man in the Cosmos] is a multimedia series revisiting Space Is the Place, the85-minute sci-fi film, released in 1974, directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra and Joshua SmithKitoko Diva is a French artist exploring the interactions of the social structure of identity and race with surrealism, technoculture, dreamlike symbolism and the utopias of cyberspaces.

In co-presentation with Art Underground.

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