Luxembourg and Manitoba in the spotlight at the 28th edition of Cinemania

The CINEMANIA Film Festival, which will celebrate its 28th anniversary in Montreal from November 2 to 13, 2022, has unveiled several international initiatives that will mark its next edition. On the menu comprised of strong initiatives acting in favor of the resumption of international and Franco-Canadian relations: Luxembourg will be the country in the spotlight; as well as a focus on the Franco-Manitoba film and television industry.

Luxembourg, the country in the spotlight at the 28th edition

CINEMANIA is reviving the tradition of a French-speaking country in the spotlight: Luxembourg and its artisans in the film, television, virtual reality, documentary, and animation sectors will be celebrated during the 28th edition. For the festival, a large delegation of producers, filmmakers and institutional representatives will make the trip to Montreal. Among them, there is the confirmed presence of producers Claude Waringo, Jani Thiltges and Bernard Michaux, co-founders of Samsa Films, a pioneering production company in the country and with extensive French-speaking expertise (home of the Netflix series Capitani) as well as documentary filmmaker and photographer Fabrizio Maltese (California Dreaming, I Fiori Persi, L’Invitation) and Alexis Juncosa, Artistic Director of the Luxembourg City Film Festival. Many more guests will be announced in the coming months.

The tribute will be produced by CINEMANIA and the Phi Centre, with the support of the Film Fund Luxembourg. Other institutional partners of Luxembourg will be added in the coming weeks.

Images of the Canadian Francophonie: Focus on Manitoba

For the first time in Montreal as part of a film festival, Franco-Manitoban culture will be celebrated. CINEMANIA is launching a component entirely dedicated to Manitoba: the “Franco-Manitoban Day” will be held in the presence of film and television industry professionals from the easternmost province of the Prairies. A rich program of thematic conferences will be offered to festival-goers. On the menu, the singularity of the Franco-Manitoban traditions, Métis culture as well as an inventory of contemporary production and intercultural collaborations between Montreal and Winnipeg.

As a partner of the event, the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain de Winnipeg is now launching a call for projects to its producers wishing to make the trip on the occasion of the 28th edition of CINEMANIA. This project is also being carried out in partnership with On Screen Manitoba and the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, and is made possible thanks to the support of the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes.

In addition, the CINEMANIA team will participate in the “Vues du Québec” festival (formerly “48 Images Seconde”), from April 13 to 17. The event, coordinated by the association La Nouvelle Dimension, has given place to Quebec cinema in the heart of the French department of Lozère since 2015. For its 8th edition, the festival has afforded CINEMANIA carte blanche: Guilhem Caillard will be present for the screenings of Catherine Therrien’s film Une révision, which opened the Montreal festival last November. CINEMANIA will also offer Lozerian spectators a specially dedicated platform: the opportunity to present and explain its Francophone mandate and to screen the documentary L’aventure Colonelle Films: parcours de producteurs québécoises, directed by Kalina Bertin and produced by the Festival in 2021. Finally, Guilhem Caillard will also be part of the jury that will award several prizes in the short film competition.

The 28th edition of the CINEMANIA Francophone Film Festival will be held in Montreal from November 2 to 13, 2022.

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