December 11, 2012 – The International Festival of Films on Art (known by its French acronym FIFA) celebrated its 30th birthday in 2012. This competitive event enters its fourth decade with an international profile, drawing some 250 works from more than 25 countries and promoting and presenting them around the world.
FIFA is the world’s biggest art film festival, both in reputation and scale. It looks at all forms of art, in all cultures: visual and media arts, circus and theatre, literature and comic art, dance, music, fashion, and more.
The festival proper occurs over ten days each March in several venues in downtown Montréal, including institutions such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle, the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ). Alongside the screenings, FIFA encourages discussion and exchange with round tables, openings, and installations.
FIFA also promotes dialogue with round tables, openings, performances, and installations, not to mention the International Market of Film on Art (MIFA), an array of events and services for film professionals and culture promoters from around the world.
Finally, each year, a series of films, including the award winners, are sent on a world tour. The award winners are also presented in autumn at the Art Film Matinees at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.