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The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) is the only competitive Film Festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) 

The Montreal World Film Festival includes the following sections:

a) World Competition
b) First Fiction Films World Competition
c) Chinese Film Festival
d) Documentaries of the World
e) Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)

f) World Greats (out of competition)
g) Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
h) Francophone cinema (found in almost all sections of the Festival)
i) Tributes
j) Our Cinema (overview of films from Quebec and Canada)
k) Cinema Under the Stars

The high profile WORLD COMPETITION includes world and international premieres. The international official Jury awards the various prizes for the feature films of this section: Grand Prix of the Americas, Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Innovation Award. This same Jury awards two prizes for the short films of this section.

The FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION gives the opportunity to authors of selected first feature films to be recognized. A separate jury awards the Golden Zenith, Silver Zenith and Bronze Zenith to the winners of this section.

The section FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania) reflects the vocation of the Festival as “World Film Festival”.

The DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD section includes non-fiction films reflecting the subjects and concerns of filmmakers from countries around the globe.

Every year, films from more around 80 countries, including well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are selected. Many films have been discovered in Montreal. The Festival welcomes cinema professionals and the general public.

The festival-going public is invited to vote for the films they like best in different categories.

  • Award for the Most Popular Fiction Film off our non-competitive sections
  • Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film
  • Award for the Best Francophone Feature Film
  • Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America


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