Cinemania (film festival)
|Location||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Founded by||Maidy Teitelbaum|
|Most recent||26th Anniversary : November 4–15, 2020|
The CINEMANIA French Film Festival in Montreal was established in 1995 and has continued annually ever since. The festival is dedicated solely to quality French-language feature films emanating from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, and other French-speaking regions. All films screened must be North American, Canadian, or Quebec premieres, and all are subtitled in English. The festival takes place every November during a period of 11 days opening on the first Thursday of the month. All films are screened in the Imperial Cinema, in downtown Montreal.
The festival was founded by Maidy Teitelbaum who is the ongoing operational president. The festival's first 10 years were at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, but in 2004 the festival moved to the greater capacity Imperial Cinema. In 2006, Teitelbaum was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her work in fostering French culture. In addition, in 2008 the SACD (SOCIETE des AUTEURS et COMPOSITEURS DRAMATIQUES) decorated Teitelbaum with the Médaille Beaumarchais awarded each year since 1777 to the persons who best exemplify efforts to protect the rights of artists, composers and writers.
CINEMANIA's very specific role in the panorama of Montreal and Quebec's cinematographic events is that it is the only francophone film festival devoted solely to presenting quality French-language feature films subtitled in English. In fact, for many of the films screened, the festival is the only avenue of distribution. CINEMANIA is, as a result, considered by many artists, journalists and cinephiles as a unique portal to view French-language films.
CINEMANIA offers cinephiles the opportunity of discovering a wide range of French-language films: masterpieces, innovative films and first feature films by young directors.
CINEMANIA shows approximately 50 feature films, each film screening twice. In order to arrive at their final selection, the Festival programmers view over 120 French-language films each year. The focus is both on established filmmakers and first-time directors, providing a launching pad for up-and-coming talent. Well-known directors whose work appears frequently on CINEMANIA's screen include André Téchiné, Anne Fontaine, François Ozon, Maïwenn, Robert Guédiguian, Manuel Poirier, Aki Kauresmaki, and the Dardennes Bros. There have been guest appearances by such notable filmmakers as Bertrand Tavernier, Arnaud Desplechin, Olivier Assayas, Cédric Klapisch, Nicole Garcia, Alexandre Arcady, Costa-Gavras, Jean-Jacques Beinix, Patrice Leconte, and Radu Mihaileanu. CINEMANIA guest stars have included Michel Hazanavicius, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Béart, Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Efira, Lambert Wilson, Laurent Lafitte and Soko, among others.
CINEMANIA's loyal public keeps growing year after year. After 11 years at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, CINEMANIA moved to the Imperial Cinema to increase its capacity and thus respond to cinephiles' ever growing interest in the festival. The 12th edition saw its attendance increase by 50%, and the 13th edition in 2007 continued this growth. Those successive increases did not diminish the "cine-club" atmosphere of the festival, which is characterized by the interaction of film lovers and artists.
CINEMANIA organizes quality events that challenge and stimulate many cinephiles: master classes, discussion panels, presentation of films by their directors and actors, question and answer sessions after the projections.
Mel Hoppenheim Prix du public
The Festival awards an annual prize, the Mel Hoppenheim Prix du Public, given each year to the most popular film by public ballot.
Over the years, the Mel Hoppenheim Prix du Public went to the following films:
- 1998: Serial Lover, directed by James Huth
- 1999: Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le pont), directed by Patrice Leconte
- 2000: Sentimental Destinies (Les Destinées sentimentales), directed by Olivier Assayas
- 2001: Once We Grow Up (Quand on sera grand), directed by Renaud Cohen
- 2002: Yes, But... (Oui, mais...), directed by Yves Lavandier
- 2003: If I Were a Rich Man (Ah! Si j'étais riche), directed by Michel Munz and Gérard Bitton
- 2004: Twenty-Five Degrees in Winter (25 degrés en hiver), directed by Stéphane Vuillet
- 2005: Live and Become (Va, vis et deviens), directed by Radu Mihaileanu
- 2006: Gorgeous! (Comme t'y es belle !), directed by Lisa Azuelos
- 2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le papillon), directed by Julian Schnabel
- 2008: Versailles, directed by Pierre Schoeller
- 2009: Le Concert, directed by Radu Mihaileanu
- 2010: Potiche, directed by François Ozon
- 2011: Polisse, directed by Maïwenn
- 2012: Ombline, directed by Stéphane Cazes
- 2013: Violette, directed by Martin Provost
- 2014: Diplomacy, directed by Volker Schlöndorff
- 2015: The Sense of Wonder (Le Goût des merveilles), directed by Eric Besnard
- 2016: A Kid (Le Fils de Jean), directed by Philippe Lioret
- 2017: See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut), directed by Albert Dupontel
- 2018: Sink or Swim (Le grand bain), directed by Gilles Lellouche
- 2019: Spread Your Wings (Donne-moi des ailes), directed by Nicolas Vanier
TFO Audience award for the BEST FIRST TIME FEATURE FILM
CINEMANIA presents, since 2012, an additional award dedicated to encouraging talented newcomers of the francophone cinema world. The public will vote for the 13 first-time feature film screened at the festival.
The TFO Audience award went to the following films:
- 2012 : Ombline, directed by Stéphane Cazes
- 2013 : Tonnerre, directed by Guillaume Brac
- 2014 : Number One Fan (Elle l'adore), directed by Jeanne Henry
- 2015 : Journey Through China (Voyage en Chine), directed by Zoltan Mayer
- 2016 : The Dancer (La Danseuse), directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto
Prix Jeunesse Francophone TV5
New Award launched in 2017.
- 2017 : Bloody Milk (Petit paysan), directed by Hubert Charuel
- 2018 : Sofia, directed by Meryem Benm'Barek
- 2019 : Camille, directed by Boris Lojkine
- List of French films
- List of French actors
- List of French directors
- List of French-language films
- Culture of France
- Cinema of Quebec
- T'cha Dunlevy, "25 years of Cinemania: Film fest represents 'what Quebec is, and what Canada is'". Montreal Gazette, November 1, 2019.
- "Brownstein: Cinemania founder Teitelbaum fêted by France". Montreal Gazette. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-04-30.