Cinemania (film festival)


CINEMANIA is a French-language film festival that takes place in Montreal.

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Festival

The CINEMANIA French Film Festival in Montreal was established in 1995 and has continued annually ever since. The Festival is dedicated solely to 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 landmark restored theatre, the Imperial Cinema, in downtown Montreal (seating capacity with balcony, approximately 800).


The Festival website is http://festivalcinemania.com/. CINEMANIA publishes a catalogue each year that includes detailed synopses of each film screened.

History

The Festival was founded by Mme Maidy Teitelbaum who is the ongoing operational President. The Festival's first 10 years were at Le Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal --- in 2004 the Festival moved to the greater capacity Imperial Cinema. Mme Teitelbaum was awarded the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2006 for her work in fostering French culture. In addition, in 2008 the SACD (SOCIETE des AUTEURS et COMPOSITEURS DRAMATIQUES) decorated Mme Teitelbaum with the Medaille Beaumarchais awarded each year since 1777 to the persons who best exemplify efforts to protect the rights of artists, composers and writers.

Program

CINEMANIA's very specific role in the panorama of Montreal and Quebec's cinematographic events is that it is the only Montreal film festival to present solely French-language films. In fact, for many of the films screened, the festival is their 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 30 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 Andre Techine, Anne Fontaine, François Ozon, 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, Costa-Gavras, Jean-Jacques Beinix, Patrice Leconte, and Radu Mihaileanu. CINEMANIA guest stars have included Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Beart, Isabelle Huppert, Sergi Lopez, Alice Taglioi, and Emmanuelle Devos, among others.

Guests

Every year, CINEMANIA welcomes professionals of the international film world: producers, directors, actors, critics...

CINEMANIA frequently honours renowned filmakers with retrospectives of their work as well as providing open-to-the-public master classes and roundtable discussions in filmmaking with guest directors.

Public

CINEMANIA has a loyal public that keeps growing year after year. After 11 years at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, CINEMANIA moved to the Imperial Cinema (capacity of 800 seats) to double its capacity and thus answer the cinephiles' ever growing interest in the festival. The 12th edition saw its crowds increase by 50%, and the 13th in 2007 continued this growth. Those successive increases did not however diminish the "cine-club" atmosphere of the festival, which continues to be a meeting point for film lovers and artists.

Related activities

CINEMANIA organizes quality events that challenge and stimulate the intelligence of cinephiles: master classes, discussion panels, presentation of films by their directors or 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:

See also

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