Mission & History


 

Since its inception in 1995, the CINEMANIA Film Festival has presented audiences with French-language films of excellence and originality.

CINEMANIA is the annual rendez-vous of cinephiles to discover quality feature films judiciously selected from over 120 films viewed annually by its professional team of programmers.  Many of the greatest names of French cinema as well as young up-and-coming talents are featured at the festival. CINEMANIA is the venue where the latest works of Costa-Gavras, Desplechin, Techine, Klapisch, Kahn, Leconte, Guediguian, Becker, Tavernier, Nicole Garcia and Anne Fontaine are screened, while new discoveries like Radu Mihaileanu, Maiwenn, Pierre Schoeller, Stéphane Carpiaux get their initial jumpstarts in North America.

CINEMANIA has grown from modest beginnings at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts into an internationally recognized event at the Imperial Cinema, one of the largest dedicated French-language feature film festivals in the world solely devoted to premieres in North America, Canada, or Quebec. Its large-screen format, always in 35mm, and comfortable seating in the historic and majestic Imperial Cinema, make CINEMANIA an eagerly anticipated special event in Montreal's annual cultural calender.

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