Festival du nouveau cinéma

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The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) (meaning Festival of New Cinema) is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world.[1] Over 160,000 people make their way to Montreal to attend the prestigious festival each year. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films.

History[edit]

The festival was founded in 1971 by Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipidès. The festival went through several name changes.

  • 1971: Festival international du cinéma en 16mm de Montréal (Montreal International 16mm Film Festival).
  • 1980: It was renamed Festival international du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (Montreal International Festival of New Cinema)
  • 1984: Renamed Festival international du nouveau cinéma et de la vidéo de Montréal (Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and Video; also Montreal International Festival of New Film and Video)
  • 1995: Renamed Nouveau festival international, cinéma, vidéo et nouvelles technologies de Montréal (New Montreal International Festival of Cinema, Video and New Technologies);
  • 1997: Renamed Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias de Montréal (FCMM) (Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media) (as a result of the merger with the Festival international du court métrage de Montréal (Montreal International Short Film Festival).
  • 2004: Adopted the current name Festival du nouveau cinéma (Festival of New Cinema).

In 2001, the festival celebrated its 30th anniversary by offering an extraordinary selection and a commemorative book summarizing the festival's 30-year history.

FNC and FIFM[edit]

In 2004 Daniel Langlois, director of FNC since 1999, left the organization to begin the Festival International de Films de Montréal (known in English as New Montreal FilmFest), which was initiated and created with the support of SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) and Telefilm Canada after a dispute between these Canadian government sponsors and the Montreal World Film Festival.

Langlois initially programmed the Festival International de Films de Montréal (New Montreal FilmFest) to coincide with the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM). According to press reports pertaining to the controversy between the Montreal World Film Festival and the New Montreal FilmFest, Langlois planned to merge the two festivals, but failed to do so when the FCMM refused any such merger. The dates for the inaugural New Montreal FilmFest were ultimately changed to avoid conflicting with the dates of the FCMM.

In 2005, both the FNC and the New Montreal FilmFest came under new management. In early 2006, the New Montreal FilmFest folded after the failure of its inaugural festival. Both the FNC and the Montreal World Film Festival continue to exist.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Sanger, Festival du nouveau cinéma (Le Polyscope, 14 octobre 2008)

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