Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) Awards – winners

The 31st Annual Festival International du Film sur l'Art (International Festival of Films on Art) or FIFA, presented in association with Astral, closed on Sunday with supplementary screenings of some twenty films. From March 14 to 24, FIFA’s legions of fans were able to enjoy a total of 248 films from 28 countries, embracing a wide range of artistic disciplines, at nine of Montreal’s most prominent cultural institutions. For the first time, FIFA proudly presented recent works from Cuba, Cambodia, South Korea and the Bahamas.

The international jury of the 31st FIFA, presided over by Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France), revealed the 12 prizewinners from 8 countries at the Awards Ceremony held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts last Saturday, March 23. The other jury members included American filmmaker and composer Michael House; New Brunswick producer, director and screenwriter Monique LeBlanc; Quebec producer Michel Ouellette; and Belgian producer-director Françoise Wolff.

Once again, festival goers voted in large numbers throughout the Festival for their favourite Canadian film in French. The 2013 ARTV People’s Choice Award was thus attributed to Corno by Guy Edoin.

FIFA is proud to announce that 5 Canadian works are among the winning films.

Complete list of winners for the 31st Annual Festival International du Film sur l'Art

Sponsored by Astral; Awarded with a $5000 bursary
Helsinki Music Centre – Prelude; Matti Reinikka, Miisa Latikka (Finland)

Sponsored by Zone3
Hard Light / Lumière Crue; Justin Simms (Canada)

Sponsored by Télé-Québec
John Cage - Journeys in Sound; Paul Smaczny, Allan Miller (Germany)

Sponsored by Groupe Média TFO; Awarded with a $5000 bursary
Glauser; Christoph Kühn (Switzerland)

Sponsored by Digital Cut
Dans un océan d'images; Helen Doyle (Canada)

Sponsored by Le Devoir
Brancusi; Alain Fleischer (France)

Sponsored by Entreprises Vidéo Service
Sol Lewitt; Chris Teerink (The Netherlands)

Sponsored by Concept Audio-Visuel
Huguette Oligny, le goût de vivre; Pascal Gélinas (Canada)

Sponsored by Digital Cut
The Dreams of William Golding; Adam Low (United Kingdom)

Sponsored by the MacDonald Stewart Foundation; Awarded with a $5000 bursary
The Successor of Kakiemon; Suzanne Raes (The Netherlands)
Special Mention: The Man Who Invented Himself – Duane Michals; Camille Guichard (France)

Award includes a $5,000 grant
La longueur de l'alphabet / The Length of the Alphabet; Joe Balass (Canada)

Award includes a grant of $10,000
Corno; Guy Edoin (Canada)

A rich program!
The Festival’s founding director René Rozon, together with the spokespersons of the 31st edition, Anne Lagacé Dowson and Patrick Masbourian, continually emphasized the richness of this year’s program. As testimony to this, over 20 films were scheduled as additional screenings by popular demand.

Architecture, literature, painting and music were among the disciplines spotlighted with Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterwork by Kenneth Love, The Barrágan House—A Universal Value by Tufic Makhlouf Akl, Amélie Nothomb, une vie entre deux eaux by Luca Chiari, Salvador Dalí, génie tragi-comique by François Lévy-Kuentz, and George Harrison: Living in the Material World by Martin Scorsese.

Also enjoying great success were the opening film, The Fatwa—Salman’s Story by Jill Nicholls, the closing Awards Ceremony film, Road movie, un portrait de John Adams by Mark Kidel, and the Benefit Gala film La Toile blanche d’Edward Hopper by Jean-Pierre Devillers. Such Quebec films as Huguette Oligny, le goût de vivre by Pascal Gélinas, Corno by Guy Édoin, and Dans un océan d’images by Helen Doyle were also immensely popular.

Back for a second year in a row, the Children’s Corner captivated budding film-lovers. And the Art Film Matinées, presented in association with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a fifth straight year, once again delighted festival goers and the Museum VIPs.

The collaboration between ARTV and FIFA again allowed numerous festival goers to visit the exhibition Chefs de fil at the ARTVstudio in the heart of Place des Arts. Presented after Olivier Nicklaus’ film Fashion, the exhibition is devoted to local designers, including Denis Gagnon, Eve Gravel, Marie Saint-Pierre and Philippe Dubuc. It is open to the public and runs until April 27.

The series of Special Events, presented by Loto-Québec, explored diverse themes in roundtables led by a variety of specialists. It included meetings with filmmakers Pascal Gélinas, Joe Balass, Guy Édoin, Patrick O’Connor, writer Naïm Kattan, painter Johanne Corneau, actress Geneviève Rioux, the venerable doyen of theatre Gilles Pelletier, designers Denis Gagnon and Eve Gravel, and many others.

Back for a third consecutive year, the Master Classes were led this time by filmmakers Gerald Fox and Paul Smaczny were among the highlights of this year’s Special Events.

The video installation WallPaper by Ed Pien, presented by FIFA and the Cinémathèque québécoise (Salle Norman-McLaren) until April 7, met with great enthusiasm, as did the live performances of Snow Mounds by Johannes Zits and John Porter’s Super 8—The Cinema According to John Porter.

This year’s festival paid tribute to the brilliant documentary filmmaker Gerald Fox, presenting a dozen of his works, including Brazil With Caetano Veloso, Claes Oldenburg and Marianne Faithfull—A Life in Song, in addition to a magnificent exhibition entitled Cinematic Tableaux.

Finally, after much-noted performances by Zilon (2011) and Stéphane Dionne (2012), it was Diane Obomsawin’s turn to occupy the interactive urban space of Zon’Arts, with works entitled Fleurs and Machine.

Beyond our borders
This year FIFA welcomed professionals from 19 countries, including several television broadcasters and distributors. For a third year in a row, FIFA presented the International Market of Films on Art (MIFA), the only event of its kind in the world, from March 20 to 23. Participants took advantage of the numerous services and activities offered, including the Vidéothèque, private screenings, pitch sessions, networking cocktails, master classes and roundtables on such subjects as the under-financing of films on art, marketing techniques, and films on art as outreach tools. Again this year, the meeting coordination service helped set up numerous encounters among accredited professionals, leading to new collaborations and the acquisition of films and video.

FIFA and the prizewinners of its 31st edition will be in the spotlight throughout 2013-2014 with its annual world tour in Europe and the United States. First stop on the tour, however, is Quebec City, next May 18 and 19 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Montreal will get its chance next fall, as part of the Art Film Matinées presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which will begin with the Journées de la Culture next September 29.

The Films on Art Discoveries will be back in Montreal’s Maisons de la culture, its cultural centres, as well as a number of libraries, during a tour of films from the 30th edition. The tour’s 2013-2014 season, presented in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée, will feature 16 screenings of 7 films at 10 cultural venues, from fall to spring. Special guests will be invited to lead discussions on the films presented.

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion and presentation of the finest productions on art and media art. An eleven-day competitive festival, it is the most important annual event of its kind in the world. FIFA has become a meeting point for artists and artisans from the art and film communities, as well as for art and cinema enthusiasts.

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The 32nd FIFA will take place from March 20 to 30, 2014.

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