Maidy Teitelbaum

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Maidy Teitelbaum is the president and founder of Cinemania Film Festival.[1]

Passionate about cinema, Maidy Teitelbaum was inspired to launch CINEMANIA after attending the weeklong Sarasota French Film Festival. She created the Cinemania Film Festival in 1995 with support from the private sector.[2] The 1st edition of CINEMANIA consisted of 5 days of screenings at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

In 2006, 11 years after its creation, CINEMANIA had attracted so many loyal followers that the Festival was obliged to change venues to the Imperial Cinema in Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles.[3]

Cinemania Film Festival[edit]

Cinemania showcases premieres of quality French-language films, offering audiences the opportunity to meet distinguished filmmakers and talented actors.

Today’s dynamic CINEMANIA has broadened in scope to an 11-day Festival presenting nearly 50 film premieres over 70 screenings. In 2017, a record number of 29,000 attendees and around 90 sponsors and collaborators partnered with the Festival. Each new edition provides a fresh perspective, quality films discovered by programmers at the Cannes Film Festival and other prestigious international film fests. CINEMANIA is an important event in Montréal’s cultural calendar, enjoying a great reputation with artists and film industry professionals in Québec as well as being held in high regard in Francophone countries.

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française[edit]

In 2006, Teitelbaum was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in recognition of her contribution to French culture.[4]

In 2017, she was awarded the distinction of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française.[5] The ceremony was presided over by Mme Laurence Haguenauer, Consul General of France in Québec, in the presence of many of Montréal’s cultural personalities as well as Festival collaborators and partners.

Medaille Beaumarchais[edit]

On June 16, 2008, Teitelbaum received the Medaille Beaumarchais awarded by the SACD of France (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques).[6] This medal is awarded each year to those whose work supports artistic creation and copyright issues.

The filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, attended Cinemania in 2007. Jacques Fansten, President of the SACD, said: "thanks to Bertrand Tavernier, we know all about the remarkable work you have achieved through the creation of this festival (...). We also know that you have managed to touch a very wide audience and this is a beautiful gift to our films."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kevin Tierney: Could Maidy Teitelbaum be Quebec cinema's secret weapon?". Montreal Gazette. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ "Maidy Teitelbaum: la battante de Cinemania | NATHALIE PETROWSKI | Festival Cinemania". La Presse (in French). 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  3. ^ "Cinemania's Maidy Teitelbaum thrilled with unique Film Festival's 22nd year". The Suburban Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  4. ^ "En bref - Maidy Teitelbaum décorée en France". Le Devoir (in French). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  5. ^ "Brownstein: Cinemania founder Teitelbaum fêted by France". Montreal Gazette. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  6. ^ "Teitelbaum the toast of Paris cinephiles". The Canadian Jewish News. 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2018-04-30.

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