38th Montreal World Film Festival 2014: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Monday September 15, 2014

Montreal, September 15, 2014 — The 38th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival, held August 21 to September 1, 2014, accomplished its mission with flags flying. Measured by standards of film quality, festivalgoer appreciation and professional participation, the MWFF turned out to be a great success. Its three competitive sections, the World Competition, the First Films Competition and the Student Film Festival, were marked at once by the quality and quantity of their entries, which unspooled daily at the Festival’s 10 theatres from 9 am through midnight.

 

            The only competitive festival in North America accredited by FIAPF (the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations), the MWFF has remained faithful to its founding aspiration: “the discovery and promotion of world cinema”.

 

            Thanks to the quality of its competitive entries, this year’s Festival juries had an embarrassment of choices and the MWFF is grateful to its audiences, the participating professionals, and domestic and international media for their contribution to this success.

 

THE 2014 MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL FILM MARKET

As in every year, the MWFF also organizes an adjunct International Film Market for producers and distributors, for buyers and sellers. Attendees were able to see films both in regular screenings of the festival and at the Market itself. Thanks to its videotheque, professionals were involved in some 750 onsite Market screenings not counting those films available online via streaming services, or in regular sessions of the Festival. Among the films in particular demand for Market viewing were FACTORY BOSS, MELODY, CHAGALL-MALEVICH, LUCKY STIFF, GONZALEZ, UN HOMME D’ÉTAT (The Statesman), THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN, QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAINS, UNA STORIA SBAGLIATA (The Wrong Story), etc…

            Sellers and buyers were busy as well, with several contracts signed, including one for the Festival’s opening film, Claude Lelouch’s SALAUD ON T’AIME (We Love You, You Bastard), which has already been shown in theatres across Quebec.

 

            Asian producers and distributors were particularly active in this year’s Market, to wit, Li Linhong, producer of YELLOW RIVER ARIA, signed a co-production for a film adaptation of the comic strip HUMANOIDS.

            Joint Entertainment International of Taiwan, EnterMode of South Korea, Pioniwa and Toei of Japan were active in acquisition of several films including MELODY (which garnered the Best Actress prize for its two stars, Rachael Blake and Lucie Debay), THE LAST DANCE, WINTER JOURNEY and STEPPE GAMES.

            Axia Films of Montreal acquired Canadian rights to MELODY (directed by Bernard Bellefroid), which, along with its Best Actress award earned a special mention of the Ecumenical Jury. Transfilm International of Montreal was also active in talks with Chinese producers.

            Among the European and American companies in deal negotiation during the Market were TMI (Italy), Wide (France), Doc & Films (France), Artsploitation (USA and UK) and Strand Releasing (USA), involving NO MAN'S LAND, THE TREATMENT, DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES, WINTER JOURNEY, CLOSER TO THE MOON, LITTLE ENGLAND and Grand Prize of the Americas winner OBEDIENCIA PERFECTA (Perfect Obedience) directed by Luiz Urquiza Mondragon (Mexico).

            Other negotiated projects included a new film, KATERI – LILY OF THE MOHAWKS, involving Albany producer Mike Camoin, writer Jack Casey and Item 7. THE ANGEL, THE BRUTE AND THE WISE of Robinhood Films, was involved in talks with several companies, and Roy Wol of New York was in contact with several Canadian companies for purposes of development and co-production.

            Projects emanating from Brazil were submitted by Jose Fernando Muniz of FM Producoes to Transfilm (Montréal) and companies.

            The Market also hosted many individual negotiations as well as discussions regarding tax credits and available development funding. These and other negotiations inaugurated during the Market, are ongoing.

            The Market will resume at next year’s Montreal World Film Festival, its 39th edition, which will be held August 27 to September 7, 2015.

 

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Information:       Lison Lescarbeau

                         514 526-5046

                         lisonffm@gmail.com

 


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