Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Festival International du Film sur l’Art – Award winners


Montreal, March 26, 2012 – The 30th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), presented in collaboration with Astral, has demonstrated that after thirty years the public’s devotion to the festival is unwavering, as is the festival’s mission. For the last month, film-lovers, art enthusiasts and tourists joined in the anniversary celebrations. From March 15 to 25, 232 films from 27 countries were presented at nine of Montreal’s finest cultural institutions, representing all artistic disciplines and modes of expressions.

At the awards ceremony held on Saturday, March 24 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the international jury of the 30th FIFA, presided over by singer-actress-director Carole Laure, honoured 12 films from 9 countries. Other jury members included Simon Brault, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada; filmmaker Jérôme de Missolz; Christopher Jackson, conductor and artistic director of the Studio de musiques anciennes de Montréal; and Spanish art historian and museologist Salvador Nadales.

Once again this year, the public voted in large numbers for the ARTV People’s Choice Award, representing the most popular French-Canadian film. Among the 13 award-winning films, three were Canadian.


Complete list of award winners for the 30th Festival International du Film sur l’Art

Grand Prize
Sponsored by Astral
Opalka — One Life, One Oeuvre
Andrzej Sapija (Poland)

Jury Prize
Sponsored by Zone3
! W.A.R. Women Art Revolution
Lynn Hershmann Leeson (United States)

Best Educational Film
Sponsored by Télé-Québec
La Spira
Gérald Caillat (France, Italy)

Award for Creativity
Sponsored by Groupe Média TFO
Kimmo Koskela (Finland)

Best Canadian Film
Sponsored by Digital Cut
Bone Wind Fire
Jill Sharpe (Canada)

Best Essay
Sponsored by Le Devoir
Voyage au bout de Céline
Jean-Baptiste Péretié (France)

Best Portrait
Sponsored by Entreprises Vidéo Service
Thomas Thümena (Switzerland)

Best Reportage
Sponsored by Concept Audio-Visuel
Unfinished Spaces
Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray (United States)

Best Film for Television
Sponsored by Digital Cut
Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour
Matthew Springford (U.K.)

Liliane Stewart Award for Best Film in the Design Arts
Sponsored by the MacDonald Stewart Foundation
Colouring Light: Brian Clarke – An Artist Apart
Mark Kidel (U.K., Holland)

ARTV Springboard to the World Award
Aux limites de la scène
Guillaume Paquin (Canada)

Special Mention
Romain Gary - le roman du double
Philippe Kohly (France)

ARTV People’s Choice Award
Frédéric Back : grandeur nature
Phil Comeau (Canada)

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