Experience the World Renown Montreal Film Festival Scene
Over the past few decades, Montreal’s festival scene has grown at an unprecedented rate but maybe no category has grown as quickly as Montreal film festivals. Throughout the year, Montreal is host to a multitude of film festivals including the Montreal International Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and the Montreal International Black Film Festival. Here are some of the major Montreal film festivals that take place each each year.
Montreal International Film Festival
The Montreal International Film Festival, which is also known as the Montreal World Film Festival, takes place annually in August. The goal of the festival is to encourage cultural diversity and understand between nations. The festival features a world competition, international documentaries, and a Canadian student film festival. The festival takes place at Cinéma Impérial as well as other locations throughout Montreal. For more information, check out the festival’s website at ffm-montreal.org
Fantasia International Film Festival
The Fantasia International Film Festival is one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in North America and is held in Montreal each July. In recent years, the festival has premiered movies like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Inglorious Basters, and The Loved Ones. More information can be found on the festival’s website at fantasiafestival.com
Montreal International Black Film Festival
Created in 2005, the Montreal International Black Film Festival takes places annually in September. The goal of the festival is to promote the best new Black films and to create a space to debate cultural, social, and socioeconomic issues. More information can be found on the festival’s.
Montreal Underground Film Festival
The Montreal Underground Film Festival is held each year in May. The festival celebrates and promotes low-budget filmmakers and those who challenge the boundaries of mainstream Hollywood and the conventional film aesthetic attitude. More information can be found on the festival’s website at muff514.com
Montreal International Documentary Film Festival
Founded in 1998, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM) presents a selection of the year’s best documentaries from Canada and around the world for general and professional audiences. The festival takes place each year in November.
Cinemania Film Festival
Held annually in November, the Cinemani Film Festival is one of the leading French film festivals in North America , featuring over 120 films annually. More information can be found on the festival’s website at festivalcinemania.com
Image+nation LGBT Film Festival
The Image+nation Film Festival is a key stop on the LGBT and independent film festival circuit. This year the festival begins at the end of November. More information can be found at the festival’s website at image-nation.org
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