In a few words
The International Festival of Ethnographic Films of Quebec (FIFEQ) was founded in 2003 by visual anthropology students at Université de Montréal. A free and unique festival, it is one of the rare platforms to screen and promote ethnographic cinema in Canada. Thanks to the generous implication of hundreds of students from Concordia University, McGill University, Université de Montréal and of non-student professionals, the Festival has brought together thousands of viewers, all passionate about cinema, visual anthropology or simply curious about discovering hidden gems of the ethnographic repertoire.
Dear viewers, dear film and anthropology lovers,
Big news: FIFEQ-MTL is celebrating its 17 years ! 17 years of cinema, anthropology, passionate encounters and debates. And we’re not done yet!
We have the great pleasure of inviting you to our 2020 edition, which will take place from May 8 to 16, 2020. This year, we will occupy high places of Montreal’s cultural scene: the Cinéma Moderne, the Cinémathèque québécoise, McCord Museum, the Dazibao Gallery, as well as Concordia and McGill University.
Faithful to our history, we will be offering an original and bold lineup consisting of around 40 films from all around the world, including Quebec and Indigenous productions. Our purpose, once more, is to push back the limits of the ethnographic film, to expend the framework of classical anthropology, to give space to works dealing with daily life, with intimacy and proximity, and to shed new light on contemporary issues.
In brief, in 2020, no pathos, no sensationalism, no voyeurism, but positive, unifying and sometimes even funny films, which will hopefully cheer viewers up with a bit of lightness amidst the current chaos. At FIFEQ, we have a lucid outlook on our surrounding world, but we also want to give hope!
FIFEQ-MTL’s programming team