Montreal World Film Festival 2017

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Montreal's Festival des Films du Monde (FFM)

Montreal World Film Festival Le Festival des Films du Monde
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Prestige is anything but in short supply at the Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), otherwise known as the Festival des Films du Monde (FFM). In 2017, the MWFF runs August 24 to September 4, 2017. Last year claimed 400 films from 80 countries in competition, give or take, from feature-length world premieres to short films and documentary. 

Just don't expect a bevvy of Hollywood's trendiest it-people lining the red carpet of a Montreal festival institution in annual operation since 1977. Commercial appeal and catering to what's hot in pop culture are not what MWFF is about. 

Montreal World Film Festival: Quality Trumps Quantity

As the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations), the arguable global authority on category A film festivals, the Montreal World Film Festival shares comparable selection standards with the likes of Cannes, Venice, Berlin, India (Goa), Moscow, Cairo and Tokyo international film festivals, to name a select few on the world circuit.

Bestowed awards include Grand Prix of the Americas, Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Innovation Award and of course People's Choice, as voted by the attending public. A series of awards are also granted to "first films" in competition, debut feature-length works by up-and-coming filmmakers just starting out in the industry.

To see this year's lineup in full, consult the Montreal World Film Festival website.

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Montreal World Film Festival 2016 Disaster

After last year's disaster, with World Film Festival employees resigning en masse one day before the start of the fest, filmmakers considering participating in the 2017 edition should be aware that some directors were left hanging in 2016, losing thousands of dollars on travel costs.

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