Montreal World Film Festival

Montreal World Film Festival
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Founded 1977
Film titles 400+
Hosted by Montreal World Film Festival Group
Language International

The Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) (French: le Festival des Films du Monde; alternative official name Montreal International Film Festival, not commonly used), founded in 1977, is one of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF (although the Toronto International Film Festival is North America's only accredited non-competitive festival). The public festival is held annually in late August in the city of Montreal in Quebec. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, which has a greater focus on Canadian and other North American films, the Montreal World Film Festival has a larger diversity of films from all over the world.[1]



The World Film Festival is organised in various sections:


Prior to the beginning of each event, the Festival’s board of directors appoints the juries who hold sole responsibility for choosing which films will receive the blessing of a WFF award. Jurors are chosen from a wide range of international artists, based on their body of work and respect from their peers.



In addition the festival-going public votes for the films they liked best in different categories:

Grand Prix des Amériques winners

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1978 Ligabue Salvatore Nocita  France /  Italy
1979 1+1=3 Heidi Genée  West Germany
1980 The Stunt Man Richard Rush  United States
Fontamara Carlo Lizzani  Italy
1981 The Chosen Jeremy Kagan  United States
1982 Time for Revenge Tiempo de revancha Adolfo Aristarain  Argentina
1982 Brimstone and Treacle Richard Loncraine  United Kingdom
1983 The Go Masters Mikan no taikyokuJi-shun Duan & Jun'ya Satô & Shu'an Liu  Japan /  China
1984 The North El NorteGregory Nava  United States /  United Kingdom
1985 Our Father Padre nuestroFrancisco Regueiro  Spain
1986 Betty Blue 37°2 le matinJean-Jacques Beineix  France
1987 The Kid Brother KennyClaude Gagnon  Japan /  United States /  Canada
1988 The Reader La lectriceMichel Deville  France
1989 Freedom Is Paradise S.E.R. - Svoboda eto raiSergey Bodrov  Soviet Union
1990 Fallen from Heaven Caídos del cieloFrancisco J. Lombardi  Peru /  Spain
1991 Salmonberries Percy Adlon  Germany
1992 The Dark Side of the Heart El lado oscuro del corazónEliseo Subiela  Argentina /  Canada
1993 Betrayal TrahirRadu Mihaileanu  France /   Switzerland /  Spain /  Romania
1994 Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori  New Zealand
1995 Georgia Ulu Grosbard  United States /  France
1996 Different for Girls Richard Spence  United Kingdom /  France
1997 Children of Heaven Bacheha-Ye asemanMajid Majidi  Iran
1998 The Quarry Marion Hänsel  Belgium /  France /  Netherlands /  Spain
Full Moon VollmondFredi M. Murer   Switzerland /  Germany /  France
1999 Color of Paradise Rang-e khodaMajid Majidi  Iran
2000 The Taste of Others Le goût des autresAgnès Jaoui  France
Innocence Paul Cox  Australia /  Belgium
2001 Rain BaranMajid Majidi  Iran
Abandoned TorzókÁrpád Sopsits  Hungary
2002 The Best Day of My Life Il più bel giorno della mia vitaCristina Comencini  Italy /  United Kingdom
2003 The Cordon KordonGoran Markovic  Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
2004 The Syrian Bride Ha-Kala Ha-SuritEran Riklis  France /  Germany /  Israel
2005 Off Screen KleisterleePieter Kuijpers  Netherlands /  Belgium
2006 A Long Walk Nagai sanpoEiji Okuda  Japan
The Greatest Love of All O Maior Amor do MundoCarlos Diegues  Brazil
2007 Ben X Nic Balthazar  Belgium /  Netherlands
A Secret Un secretClaude Miller  France
2008 Departures OkuribitoYôjirô Takita  Japan
2009 Freedom KorkoroTony Gatlif  France
2010 Oxygen AdemHans van Nuffel  Belgium /  Netherlands
2011 Come as You Are Hasta la VistaGeoffrey Enthoven  Belgium
2012 Where the Fire Burns Ateşin Düştüğü Yerİsmail Güneş  Turkey
2013 Life Feels Good Chce sie zycMaciej Pieprzyca  Poland
2014 Perfect Obedience Obediencia perfectaLuis Urquiza  Mexico
2015 Mad Love Fou d'amourPhilippe Ramos  France
2016 The Constitution Ustav Republike Hrvatske Rajko Grlić  Croatia

Golden Zenith winners for The Best Feature Film in competition First Films World Competition

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1989 Дама червей Queen of Hearts Jon Amiel  Great Britain
1990 Printemps perdu Printemps perduAlain Mazars  France
Time of the Servants Cas sluhuIrena Pavlaskova  Czechoslovakia
1991 La Mujer de Benjamin La Mujer de Benjamin Carlos Carrera  Mexico
North NordXavier Beauvois  France
1992 Little Sharks Kleine Haie Sonke Wortmann  Germany
1993 Betrayal Trahir Radu Mihaileanu  Romania /  France
1994 Everynight... Everynight Everynight... Everynight Alkinos Tsilimidos  Australia
1995 Cross my Heart and Hope to Die Ti kniver i hjertetMarius Holst  Norway
Manneken Pis Manneken PisFrank Van Passel  Belgium
1996 Okaeri Okaeri Makoto Shinozaki  Japan
1997 Romani kris - Cigánytörvény Romani kris - Cigánytörvény Bence Gyöngyössy  Germany /  Hungary
1998 2 Seconds 2 secondes Manon Briand  Canada
1999 Juan, I Forgot, I don’t Remember Del Olvido al no me acuerdo Juan Carlos Rulfo  Mexico
2000 Daughters of the sun Dakhtaran-e khorshid Mariam Shariar  Iran
2002 Various Positions Various Positions Ori Kowarsky  Canada
2003 I always wanted to be a saint J'ai toujours voulu être une sainte Geneviève Mersch  Luxembourg /  Belgium
2004 The Magician El mago Jaime Aparicio  Mexico
2005 The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros Ang pagdadalaga ni Maximo OliverosAuraeus Solito  Philippines
2006 More than anything in the world Más que a nada en el mundoAndrés León Becker, Javier Solar  Mexico
2007 The wooden box La cajaJuan Carlos Falcón  Spain /  Portugal
2008 For a moment, freedom Ein augenblick, freiheitArash T. Riahi  Austria /  France
2009 You will be mine Je te mangeraiSophie Laloy  France
2010 Liquid love Amore liquidoMario Luca Cattaneo  Italy
2011 In Our Name In Our NameBrian Welsh  United Kingdom
2012 Casadentro CasadentroJoanna Lombardi  Peru
2013 The long way home Eve Dönüs: Sarikamis 1915Alphan Eseli  Turkey
2014 González: falsos profetas González: falsos profetasChristian Díaz Pardo  Mexico
2015 The Funeral ChuyiQi Wang  China
2016 A Father's will Atanyn kereezi Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar uulu  Kyrgyzstan


The stated goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to:

encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.[3]

The president of the Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) is Serge Losique; its vice-president is Danièle Cauchard.[4] Losique's management has been controversial. The WFF lost the sponsorship of its previous government cultural funders, SODEC and Telefilm Canada as a result of disagreements with Losique in 2004. Subsequently, these two funding agencies announced that they would support a new international film festival, called the New Montreal FilmFest (FIFM), to be managed by Spectra Entertainment and headed by Daniel Langlois (of SoftImage and Ex-Centris and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma). After the inaugural edition of that new festival was unsuccessful, it was abandoned early in 2006. As of July 2007, Losique's lawsuits against the funding agencies were dropped, paving the way for a restoration of government funding.[5]


According to a survey by Léger Marketing:[6]


In 2005, Losique first announced and later withdrew the film Karla from the WFF after the principal sponsor of the festival, Air Canada, threatened to withdraw its sponsorship of the festival if that film were included. The film — about Karla Homolka, a young woman who was convicted of manslaughter and who served twelve years in prison for her part in the kidnapping, sex-enslavement, rapes and murders of teenage girls, including her own sister, in a case said to involve ephebophilia — was controversial in Canada, with many calling for its boycott throughout the country.[7]

In 2016 many of the employees resigned citing poor leadership and financial uncertainty amongst other issues. [8]In an interview with CTV News, Gazette entertainment columnist Bill Brownstein referred to Losique as having a "Napoleonic complex" and not "playing well with the other children" resulting in government and sponsors withdrawing their funding support. [9]

In 2015 a group of employees claimed they were not paid. [10]

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