Arts, encounters, sharing, dialogues, reunions, celebrations, these are the keywords that we will remember from this 40th edition that ended last week. But to better refect it and share with you the essence of what was this anniversary edition, nothing better than images.

A grand opening night

The Festival got off to a great start with the screening of two films awarded at this 40th edition, the short film We Are Not Speaking the Same Language by Danika St-Laurent, winner of the Short Film Jury Prize, and the documentary Je me soulève by Hugo Latulippe, carried by the words of actors and directors Gabrielle and Véronique Côté, winner of the Best Canadian Film Award.


La Nuit de la danse

FIFA was proud to have been able to celebrate the artists of the dance world at a landmark screening night.

Margie Gillis, Louise Lecavalier, Édouard Lock, Louise Bédard, Mistaya Hemingway, Mélanie Demers, Frédérick Gravel and many others were there to celebrate with you.


Films from here

With 66 Canadian titles, this 40th edition honored the know-how of our artists. Among the feature films in competition, three Quebec films had their world premiere: La somme de nos rêves by Jérémie Battaglia and Johanne Madore, Projet Pigeons by Emmanuel Schwartz and Je me soulève by Hugo Latulippe.



At Place des Arts, at the Tudor Hall of Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, and at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Festival created, for the first time, original screening spaces open to all, to present continuous, free pop-up presentations highlighting films on art.


Encounters and sharing
Through conferences, discussions and workshops bringing together cultural presenters, artists, online broadcasting platforms, and creative studios from here and abroad, FIFA brought together the general public, the creative and business community of Quebec and professionals in the field to exchange and discover.
Composite #30
This year, le FIFA had the pleasure to present at the McCord Museum the 30th edition of COMPOSITE, a bi-monthly networking event dedicated to digital creativity, in partnership with Thinkwell Studio Montréal, Caisse de la culture, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and MAPP_MTL.

FIFA invited directors∙rice∙s of art film festivals to share initiatives and experiences at the first Art Film Festival Symposium. With the presence of FOTOGENIA Festival (Mexico), EPOS Festival (Israel), Tazama Festival (Congo-Brazzaville), DART Festival (Chile), BAFF, Beirut Art Film Festival (Liban), ARCA International Film Festival (Uruguay), JIFA, Journées internationale du Film sur l’Art (France), BAFF, Brussels Art Film Festival (Belgium), Film and architecture festival (Czech Republic), Films on Art Portugal (Portugal), Lo schermo dell’arte (Italy).

FIFA has also enhanced its online presence with more than 10 interviews with artists as well as some 20 presentation videos. Among the content still available online, the master class with visionary music video director Andrew Thomas Huang, the interview with the legendary French DJ Laurent Garnier or the cross interview with Emmanuel Schwartz and Jérémie Battaglia.

The 40 Club
As part of its 40th anniversary, FIFA has invited some 40 artists, business personalities and friends of the Festival to join the Club des 40 and become ambassadors of this anniversary edition. The 40 Club met to celebrate the end of the Festival at the Holt Renfrew Ogilvy’s Tudor Room.
Tribute Award
FIFA presented its first Tribute Award to its founder René Rozon. René Rozon spoke about his career and the history of FIFA in an interview with our year-round activities programmer Olivier Du Ruisseau.
7 awards were given this year:
PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM Yollotl (Coeur) by Fernando Colin Roque
JURY AWARD FOR SHORT FILM We Are Not Speaking The Same Language by Danika St-Laurent
PRIZE FOR BEST ESSAY To Unveil a Star by Juul Hondius
PRIZE FOR BEST PORTRAIT Venice Elsewhere by Elia Romanelli
AWARD FOR CANADIAN FILM Je me soulève by Hugo Latulippe
JURY PRIZE LICHT The Stockhausen’s Legacy by Oeke Hoogendijk
GRAND PRIZE Sergio Larrain, The Eternal Moment by Sebastián Moreno

Closing party

This edition closed in beauty, with more than 1,000 people in attendance at a two-story party organized with Exposé Noir, where projections from the Open Memory Box platform could be seen.