Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA), Mar 15–25

The 30th anniversary edition of the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) or International Festival of Films on Art kicks off tonight with an invitation only screening of Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross. The film stars Michael York, Charlotte Rampling and Rutger Hauer as the painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It tells the story of Bruegel's "The Way to Calvary" through a dozen of its characters come to life.

The festival continues over the next week-and-a-half with films about all the arts. It includes films about  painting, sculpture, animation, photography, design, architecture, fashion, film, literature, dance, theatre, opera, music and more.

After last year's successful launch, the Marché International du film sur l'Art (International Market of Films on Art, or MIFA) returns with representatives from countries including France, United States and Spain. MIFA takes place from Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24. Activities include training, pitch sessions, master classes, roundtables and conferences.

This is a very unique and exciting festival and is one of my favourites from anywhere. For lovers of the arts, there is a overload of interesting films, both fictional and documentary. You should definitely try to catch some films from a range of the different disciplines.


Thirty years later—more cutting-edge than ever! March 15 to 25, 2012

Montreal – FIFA’s Founding Director René Rozon is proud to announce the program of the 30th International Festival of Films on Art, which will be held from March 15 to 25. After 30 years of existence, FIFA is more popular than ever. Over the years, the festival has constantly renewed itself, offering a high-quality program that has made it the gold standard in its field. Each edition, moreover, provides opportunities for the public and film professionals to meet and discuss their shared passion for art on film. This anniversary edition, presented in association with Astral, promises to be one of the most spectacular ever. In addition to the 232 films from 27 countries, it is chock-full of exhibitions, performances, installations, roundtables, conferences, master classes, tributes and retrospectives. Added to the mix is the International Market of Films on Art, a truly unique event, along with two firsts: a 3D film and our new Children’s Corner. In short, more than enough to satisfy the most demanding enthusiasts of art and culture.

41 films from 17 countries
5 Canadian productions, including 3 from Quebec

Guillaume Paquin’s Aux limites de la scène explores the work of a new generation of Montreal choreographers—Virginie Brunelle, Frédérick Gravel et Dave St-Pierre—who are making waves, extending the limits of contemporary dance. In Chaorismatique — David Altmejd, sculpteur, Rénald Bellemare enters the world of the Montreal artist who represented Canada at the 2007 Venice Biennale and whose sculpture L’œiladorns the new Bourgie Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Jill Sharpe’s Bone Wind Fire examines the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo, three of the 20th century’s pre-eminent artists. With Un musée dans la ville, Luc Bourdon surveys the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, past and present, including its new pavilion housing Quebec and Canadian art, and its impressive concert hall. West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, directed by Peter Raymont and Michèle Hozer, is a portrait of the renowned painter, a member of the Group of Seven, who was able to capture the essence of the Canadian wilderness.

In The Carnival of the Animals, directed by Andy Sommer and gordon, a father and son lead us into the musical world of Saint-Saëns. A film for the entire family, with both live action and animated sequences in which animals come to life. Stacey Steers’ Night Hunter is a meticulously crafted film composed of 4,000 handmade collages in which American actress Lillian Gish is appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role. The Vermeers, by Tal S. Shamir, is an award-winning digital exploration of the works of the Dutch master.

With Les Cathédrales dévoilées, Gary Glassman and Christine Le Goff take a fresh look at some of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, jewels of Gothic art. From Paris to New York, Berlin to Rio, Daniel Ablin reveals the many sides of the noted French architect of the LVMH Tower in Manhattan in Christian de Portzamparc, un architecte en mouvement. Yves Billon’s Comment Haussmann a transformé Paris reveals how this French genius of urban planning helped to make the City of Light the world capital it is today. Gaudí, le dernier bâtisseur, directed by Lizette Lemoine and Aubin Hellot, conveys the complexity of the legendary Catalan architect. Ben Loeterman’s John Portman: A Life of Building provides an overview of the works of the innovative American architect and promoter, who has redefined cityscapes in North America and Asia. La Maison Vitra, directed by Richard Copans, takes a close-up look of the building designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron to showcase Vitra’s latest furniture. With Mendelsohn's Incessant VisionsDuki Dror reveals how German architect Erich Mendelsohn established his reputation with the Einstein Tower in Potsdam, a masterpiece of Expressionist architecture built during the Weimar Republic. Thierry Michel’s Métamorphose d'une gare chronicles the spectacular construction of the Guillemins train station in Liège, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. In Unfinished Spaces, Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray recount the vagaries of the National Art Schools in Havana, whose construction was halted during the heady aftermath of the Cuban Revolution.

Matthew Springford’s Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour explains how this Chinese dissident has become one of the most influential figures in contemporary art. Art Work in Progress–An Impression, by Remmelt Lukkien, follows the creation of an ephemeral installation by Dutch artist Marjan Teeuwen in a building slated for demolition. Martin Frigon’s La Grande Invasion, on a citizens’ group protest against real estate speculators, is interspersed with images of artist René Derouin creating a work on this same theme. Nam June Paik: Open Your Eyes, byMaria Anna Tappeinerexamines the frenetic career of the pioneering Korean videomaker, among the most innovative artists of the 20th century. Andrzej Sapija’s Opalka — One Life, One Œuvre is a portrait of the Franco-Polish artist who for 45 years devoted himself to a single series of paintings entitled 1965/1 à infini, in which he painted numbers in ascending order, symbolizing the irreversible passing of time. Does graffiti have its place in the urban landscape? In Max Wood’s Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression, legislators, graffiti artists and anti-graffiti vigilantes cross swords. ! W.A.R. Women Art Revolution, by Lynn Hershmann Leeson,chronicles the rise of the feminist movement in art, from its emergence in the 1960s to the present day.

The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, co-directed by Arman Yeritsyan and Inna Sahakyan, tells the story of two seventy-year-olds practising an art that is on the verge of dying out, and of a 17-year-old who has decided to take up the torch. With Totem - Histoires choisies, Francis Legaultprofiles the artists appearing in the Cirque de Soleil show: their challenges, aspirations and triumphs.

In the Boondocks — Jimmy Ernst, Glueckstadt/New York, directed by Christian Bau and Artur Dieckhoff, describes the bygone days of a print shop in all its complexity, as well as the demise of handicraft traditions.

In the Experimental FIFA section, curator Nicole Gingras groups 26 videos made between 1972 and 2012 under the theme of sound and silence as it relates to the image. Among them is John Cage’s One11, a rarely seen work co-directed by Henning Lohner, and Diane Obomsawin’s animated Kaspar, based on the “wild child” Kaspar Hauser.

Interactions section features two unique works in the history of Canadian video: Lisa Steele’s A Very Personal Story and Ian Murray’s Come On Touch It, presented by Nikki Forrest and Marina Polosa respectively.

In addition, a special tribute is being paid to Patrice Duhamel. 
Crafter of Lives brings together, for the first time, a group of videos by the Montreal artist who died in 2008 at the age of 38. From Des nouvelles des images (1996) to Comment bricoler votre ruine (2004) and Si tu veux me garder, tu dois t’éloigner (2008)various aspects of his wide-ranging practice are explored. This program was conceived by artists Mathieu Beauséjour, Catherine Bolduc, Sébastien Cliche, Charles Guilbert, D. Kimm and Bernard Schütze.

Diagonals section comprises some twenty videos, including Mishandled by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, a surrealistic work evoking the fanciful works of the early days of cinema; Fiona Geilinger’s Wallpaper, a vivid and stylistic illustration of metamorphosis; and Dana Gingras’ What Is Mine Is Yours (Animals of Distinction), a hand-to-hand and mouth-to-mouth combat with a lemon.

Interweaving fiction and documentary, real images and animation, Secrets du manga—Seoul District, directed by Hervé Martin-Delpierre, allows viewers to discover the art of the Korean manga. Céline Dréan’s Le Veilleur is a profile of Sera, a Cambodian artist who has lived in exile in France since the days of the Khmer Rouge.

Elizabeth Lennard’s La Famille Stein, la fabrique de l'art moderne looks back at the path of the legendary Stein siblings, who were among the first to have recognized and supported such 20th century masters as Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso.

In 1, 2, 3 Dancedancer Julien Ringhald follows the daily activities of three colleagues from the Royal Danish Ballet, with all the attendant joys, effort and uncertainties. A Good Man, by Gordon Quinn and Bob Hercules, is a portrait of Afro-American choreographer Bill T. Jones, who takes on the most ambitious project of his career for the bicentenary of Abraham Lincoln. Two film profiles of a world-renowned choreographer: Bernard Nauer’s Carolyn Carlson chorégraphie le Nord follows this engaging and energetic artist during the creative process of one of her choreographies; and Alain Fleischer’s Immersion – Un solo de Carolyn Carlson, in which the dancer explores her favourite theme: water in all its forms. FIFA’s first-ever 3D film, Lost Action: Trace by Marlene Millar, Crystal Pite and Philip Szporer, combines live performance and animation. In Don Kent’s Jiří Kylián — Mémoires d'oubliettes the legendary Czech choreographer appears, for the first time ever, in a filmed discussion about his life and prolific career. Wayne McGregor, une pensée en mouvement, by Catherine Maximoff, explores the British choreographer’s meteoric rise, along with his dense and radical style.

Marcin Latatto’s Behind the Poster explores one of the most influential movements in 20th century graphic arts: the Polish poster, symbolic of artistic freedom during the Communist era. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film devoted to the fruitful artistic collaboration and tormented relationship of renowned furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames. In Elizabeth Garouste, la fée barbare, Marie Van Glabeke and Ilan Teboul profile the decorator-designer who favoured natural materials in creations with mediaeval, neo-classic and poetic overtones. Le Corbusier, bureau/casiers, directed by Danielle Schirman, looks back at the celebrated architect’s understated and functional furniture and interior designs.

Mark Stokes’ Revolutions of the Night: The Enigma of Henry Darger explores the visionary world of a self-taught artist whose colossal body of works were created in complete anonymity in a one-room apartment in Chicago.

In Docteur San-Antonio et Mister Dard, Jean-Pierre Devillers sketches a complex and moving portrait of Frédéric Dard, whose books have sold over 250 million copies. William Karel’s Gallimard, le Roi Lire recounts the story of the venerable publishing house that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, whose author list includes such 20th century luminaries as Proust, Céline and Sartre. Jean Genet, le contre-exemplaire, directed by Gilles Blanchard, is a portrait of the accursed poet, thief, traitor, pederast, social outcast and genius. In Julia Kristeva, histoires d'amour et de passerelles, Teri Wehn Damischlooks back on the life of the cosmopolitan, committed woman of letters, a psychoanalyst and author of some thirty books, for whom “all stories return to the subject of love.” With Le Mystère de Mazo de la Roche, Maya Gallus examines the Canadian author’s Jalna saga, which has sold over eleven million copies worldwide. In William Karel’s Philip Roth, sans complexe, the last superstar of American literature speaks candidly about his family, Jewish identity, sex, love, psychoanalysis, fame, politics and his obsession with death. Michael House’s Revealing Mr. Maugham recounts the eventful and controversial life of the British novelist and playwright, among the most popular writers of his day. Romain Gary — Le Roman du double, by Philippe Kohly,sheds light on one of the most mystifying authors of the 20th century, winner of the Prix Goncourt on two occasions, under two pseudonyms. Umberto Eco, derrière les portes, by Teri Wehn Damisch, sketches a portrait of the patriarch of Italian letters and author of such best-selling novels as The Name of the Rose. Jean-Baptiste Péretié’s Voyage au bout de Céline looks back at the tortured life of the controversial author, fifty years after his death, from the sensational debut of Journey to the End of Night to his ignominious anti-Semitic writings.

In Looters of the Gods, Adolfo Conti probes the complicity between art dealers and museums in the context of the illegal art trade.

Colouring Light: Brian Clarke—An Artist Apart by Mark Kidel focuses on this contemporary British artist who helped propel stained-glass art into the 21st century.

With Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy, Karim Zeriahen offers a lesson in fashion history with one of the last great names in post-war French haute couture. Stéphane Carrel’s Paul Smith, Gentleman Designer evokes the playful world of one of the world’s most popular fashion designers, who dresses the likes of David Bowie and Tony Blair.

Philippe Tourancheau’s La Bataille des musées describes the controversy currently raging in France, where museums are facing pressing demands for the repatriation of artworks.

Ramon Gieling’s About Canto, based on Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato, a three-hour piece for four pianos, underscores the hypnotic and enduring powers of this cult classic. Chercher Noise, directed by Daniel Robillard and Stéphan Doe, centers on ten new songs by domlebo, the ex-drummer of Les Cowboys Fringants, produced by singer-songwriter Dany Placard. In Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, Bruce Ricker pays tribute to the jazz giant on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Emmanuelle Franc’s Esa-Pekka Salonen, anti-maestro profiles the great Finnish composer, who conducts both his own works and various 20th century classics. Andy Sommer’s Gustav Mahler — Autopsie d'un génie is a richly documented portrait of the celebrated Austrian composer, with the participation of such modern maestros as Abbado, Bernstein and Boulez. With Kathleen Ferrier, Diane Perelsztejn examines the musical heritage of the British contralto, among the greatest singers of the last century. In Le Rêve de Marika, Bobbi Jo Krals chronicles the development of the young Montreal pianist Marika Bournaki, from the age of 12 to 20. In Emilio Ruiz Barrachina’s Morente. Le Barbier de Picasso, one of the world’s great flamenco singers, Enrique Morente, retraces his career and performs songs inspired by the words of Pablo Picasso. The title of Kimmo Koskela’s Soundbreaker aptly describes Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, an unclassifiable musician with an unbridled imagination. Gérald Caillat’s La Spira depicts the life of Spira Mirabilis, a group of forty-odd musicians who work without a conductor, without fees, outside the traditional musical circuit, inventing new ways of experiencing classical music. With Wild Thing, Jérôme de Missolz takes us on a personal road movie, telling the story of his rock heroes, from Chuck Berry to Pete Doherty, with first-hand accounts from such electric rebels as Iggy Pop.

Facing Agrippina, by Nayo Titzin, takes us behind the scenes of the dynamic production of the eponymous opera by Handel. In Je suis ton labyrinthe — Wolfgang Rihm. Nietzsche. Dionysos, Bettina Ehrhardt examines the genesis of Rihm’s opera Dyonisos, inspired by Nietzsche’s writings on the Greek god.

Erwan Bomstein-Erb’s Les Ambassadeurs d'Holbein — Rendez-vous avec la mort depicts the uncertainties of secular and ecclesiastical leaders in a changing world. Anselm Kieffer, l’artiste à l’œuvre, directed by Sophie Fiennes,reveals the alchemical creative process of the German artist who set up his workshop on a French hillside. In Art of the Sea — In Pictures, Matthew Springford talks with poet and author Owen Sheers about the relationship Welsh artists have had with the sea over the last four decades. Alain Jaubert’s La Beauté animale explores the major historical, aesthetic and philosophical issues related to the discovery and representation of animals in modern history. Le Combat silencieuxfollows boxer and artist Nathalie Giguère’s struggles with cancer from the perspective of her son, the film’s director Samuel Matteau. With the help of new research, Hopi Lebel’s Édouard Manet, une inquiétante étrangeté reveals new aspects of the personality of the celebrated French painter. Gauguin: Maker of Myth, by Carroll Moore, explores the artist’s quest, under exotic skies, for authenticity in his canvases, sculptures and engravings. The Mill and the Cross by Lech Majewski takes viewers inside Pieter Bruegel’s masterpiece, recreating mediaeval life with the help of Rutger Hauer, Michael York and Charlotte Rampling. Odilon Redon, peintre des rêves by Michaël Gaumnitz is based on the diary entries of this unclassifiable artist who influenced the Symbolists, Nabis and Surrealists. In The Toledo Report, Albino Álvarez Gomes presents a series of fifteen engravings by Mexican artist Francisco Toledo, based on a short story by Franz Kafka, in which the real and the imaginary merge into visually rich poetic metaphors. Cesc Mulet’s Les Traces phosphorescentes des escargots describes the impact of the spacious studio in Majorca on the career of Spanish painter Joan Miró. Franck Provvedi’s Yarapa, une école d’art au cœur de la forêt amazonienne takes us to the heart of Peru, where the director of an educational institution initiates young Indians into art, helping them to deal with their identity crisis. In Zilon en direct Pierre Blackburn follows the Montreal artist over the course of a year, capturing his live painting performances and exhibitions.


In Astronauts, Vikings and Ghosts, Robert Haines revisits a mining community in southern Wales—forty years after first photographing them. Shannah Laumeister’s Bert Stern: Original Madman is a close-up of the original “mad man” and icon hunter, known for his outstanding series of photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken shortly before her death. In The Mexican Suitcase, Trisha Ziff recounts the incredible discovery in Mexico of 4,500 negatives of photographs taken by Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour and Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War, lost in the chaos of the Second World War. In Thierry Spitzer’s Picasso at Work Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan, the life of Picasso is seen through the lens of a photographer who followed him in his daily activities. Picture Start, by Harry Killas, shows how a small group of artists—Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Ian Wallace—propelled Vancouver to the forefront of contemporary art. With Projet Corrida, Marco d'Anna and René Burri invite viewers to ponder the sport of bullfighting, a spectacle of death that itself is dying out.

In End and Beginning—Meeting Wislawa Szymborska, John Albert Jansen profiles the Polish poet, a spiritual—and mischievous—lady who won the Nobel Prize in 1996. Notes from a White City, directed by Georg Grotenfelt, is a film essay on the Swedish-speaking Finnish poet Gunnar Björling, who strove to open up language to the infinite, the absolute, the unfinished. Jean-Nicolas Orhon’s Les Nuits de la poésie testifies to the renewal of poetry in Quebec on the 40th anniversary of La Nuit de la poésie. In La poésie s’appelle reviens, Gilles Weinzaepflen assesses contemporary poetry in France, in which music, sound, performance, contemporary art, video and theatre are becoming increasingly intertwined.

Heinz Peter Schwerfel’s The World according to Kapoor depicts the world of the sculptor,aesthetic perfectionist and engineer of the impossible. Tinguely, directed by Thomas Thümena, recounts the eventful life of the Swiss sculptor, a master at shattering artistic conventions. In Venet/Sculptures, Thierry Spitzerpresents the works of the French visual artist, focusing on his installation at the Château de Versailles. Ilona Bruver’s Version Vera examines the art of Russian sculptress Vera Moukhina, along with the propagandistic strategies of Soviet Realism.

Matthieu Vassiliev’s De la table à la scène is a behind-the-scenes look at the work of theatre director Guillaume Gallienne, who attempts to find the Slavic soul and Siberia of the era for his production of Chekhov’s Sur la grand-route (On the High Road) at the Studio-Théâtre of the Comédie Française. La Passion selon Gabriel, directed by Sylvie Groulx, is a vibrant portrait of the talent actor Gabriel Gascon, who was among the first to appear at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in 1951.

Luc Lagier’s Cinéma d’horreur : Apocalypse, virus et zombies is a journey into the world of horror films and such major practitioners as Alexandre Aja, Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. In Science-fiction et paranoïa : La Culture de la peur aux États-Unis, Clara and Julia Kuperberg examine the doomsday scenarios of science fiction and the paranoia that feeds them, with the participation of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Georges Lucas and Philip Kaufman. Il était une fois... A Clockwork Orange by Antoine de Gaudemar traces the origins of the ultra-violent cult masterpiece that was created 40 years ago by visionary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. In Il était une fois... One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Antoine de Gaudemar looks back at this Oscar-winning film by Milos Forman starring Jack Nicholson, an allegory of the individual’s revolt against tyranny and power. Mystères d’archives : 1978. Les Images retrouvées des Khmers rouges, by Serge Viallet and Pierre Catalan, is based on the numerous propaganda films produced in praise of the Khmer Rouge. InL'Occupation sans relâche, Yves Riou and Philippe Pouchain examine the careers of various French artists who were popular during the Occupation, among whom Maurice Chevalier, Fernadel, Arletti and Michel Simon. Jérôme Prieur’s Vivement le cinéma is a fabulous excursion into the pre-history of cinema, from the first scientific discoveries in kinetics and the invention of the cinématographe by the Lumière brothers to the early films of Georges Meliès.

A paragon of the genre, the ARTE France network is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Insofar as FIFA has presented countless films from this world-renowned institution over the years, it is paying tribute to its high-quality productions. On the program are a dozen representative films, including Pierre Trividic and Patrick-Mario Bernard’s Howard Phillips Lovecraft, a hallucinatory journey into the world of the American master of horror and fantasy; Michel Follin’s György Ligeti, a profile of the innovative, complex and brilliantly eclectic Hungarian composer; Jean-Pierre Krief’s Jeff Wall, a portrayal of the Canadian photographer known above all for his complex investigations of pictorial traditions; Lee Miller ou la traversée du miroir, Sylvain Roumette’s examination of the tormented life of the talented American photographer and model and muse of Man Ray; Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Oscar Niemeyer, un architecte engagé dans le siècle, a portrait of the 100-year-old Brazilian activist, humanitarian and lover of freedom who sought to build a more harmonious world.

In the Anniversaries section, FIFA is celebrating the 20-year existence of Les Impatients with a film of the same name by Jean-Marie Bioteau. This benevolent organization assists the mentally ill by encouraging them to express themselves artistically. A selection of six works from the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne is also part of the celebration.

Une idée folle – Un hommage au FIFA. A gift from filmmaker Alain Fleischer, this film essay acknowledges his debt to the festival, where many of his films have been screened. It is both a tribute to a one-of-a-kind event and a first attempt at capturing on film what has now become a major genre. With contributions from a constellation of personalities from Quebec and France, including Nathalie Bondil, Michel Dallaire, Phyllis Lambert, Jules Maeght, Lorraine Pintal and Founding Director René Rozon.

In the Retrospective section, FIFA and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal are honouring the 
Fine Arts Faculty of Concordia University with a retrospective of artists who have taught or studied at the institution, on whom films have been made over the course of their careers. A dozen films on such artists as Guido Molinari, John Heward, Marc Séguin and Françoise Sullivan will be presented free of charge at the Salle Gazoduc-TQM.

FIFA is also presenting 
Architectes visionnaires – Cinq résidences emblématiques, a series that features five of the most innovative architects of our time: Luis Barragán, with his Casa Estudio;Le Corbusier and his Cabanon on the French Riviera; the round house of Konstantin MelnikovKoshino House by Japanese architect Tadao Ando; and Villa Mairea by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

In the Memory section is a tribute to two great painters who recently passed away: 
Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and Cy Twombly (1928-2011).

Not to be missed is the Special Events series presented by Loto-Québec, beginning on February 25. For complete details, consult the Special Events press release, the Festival schedule, or the FIFA website.

The screening of Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. at the Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be followed by a cocktail in the Bronzes Gallery. By invitation only.

The film Bone Wind Fire, directed by Jill Sharpe, will be screened on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at the Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Awards Ceremony and a cocktail party in the Bronzes Gallery. By invitation only.

The Benefit Gala of the 30th FIFA, presided over by Jacques Parisien, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Astral, will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Attended by the who’s who of Montreal's art and business communities, the event will begin with a screening of Matthew Springford’s Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour at the Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium, and will be followed by a cocktail-buffet and silent auction in the Bourgie Gallery.

The International Market of Films on Art (MIFA), the only one of its kind in the world, is back this year from March 21 to 24. Presentations, roundtables, conferences, training sessions and pitch sessions are scheduled for both professionals and novices in the industry of films on art and media art. For further details, consult the related press release or our website.

A work by David Altmejd entitled L’œil, from the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

An excerpt from the film Soundbreaker by director Kimmo Koskela, set to music by Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen.

The International Festival of Films on Art would not be possible without the collaboration and financial support of its select group of partners. The Festival would like to thank Astral, Loto-Québec, Digital Cut and InterContinental Montréal, as well as Heritage Canada, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale, the Bureau des festivals de la Ville de Montréal, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Tourism Montreal, the Forum jeunesse de l'île de Montréal, la Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal as well as its media partners ARTV, Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, Le Devoir,Journal MétroThe GazetteVoir and new collaborator TFO.

The 30th FIFA will begin on March 15 at nine Montreal theatres: the Grande Bibliothèque de la BANQ, Centre for Canadian Architecture, National Film Board Cinema, Cinémathèque québécoise, Goethe-Institut, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Place des Arts, and Concordia University.

Tickets are available beginning February 25 at the Place des Arts box office at 175 St. Catherine St. W., by phone 514-842-2112 / 1-866-842-2112, or on-line at

Regular admission tickets cost $12 or $85 for a booklet of 8 coupons. A Media Arts Passport for five screenings, indicated in orange in the program, is available at a cost of $25. Special rates for youth and senior citizens are also available. Tickets can also be obtained at the nine theatres mentioned above, one hour before screenings.

In addition, VIP tickets are available for $20. These no-reservation festival passes allow direct access to all public screenings, subject to availability. The Ambassador Passport, on sale until March 13 at a cost of $250, includes no-reservation admission to all public screenings, admission to the Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony, subject to availability, as well as a Festival catalogue and poster. It should be noted that the Festival Matinées, indicated in grey in the program, are free for VIP members of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Further information can be obtained on-line; by phone at (514) 874-9972; at the FIFA kiosks beginning February 25 at the Espace culturel George-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts; from March 8 to 15 at the EV Building of Concordia University; and from March 16 to 21 at the J. W. McConnell Building (Library Building) Atrium.

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 mecca for artists and artisans from the art and film communities, as well as for art and cinema enthusiasts.

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