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Our mission

Ethnographic cinema is a well-known discipline within the academic world, and particularly among anthropologists. However, it is often considered by the uninitiated as an opaque, inaccessible or even elitist art.

For sixteen years, the festival has been driven by a mission: to democratize visual anthropology and the cinema of reality through a program of eclectic and accessible films. We also develop bridges between different milieus: academic, cultural and associative. For this reason, almost all of the screenings organized since 2003 are free.

Each year, the FIFEQ brings together several hundred spectators around two common passions: visual anthropology and cinema. Thanks to spaces for discussion and exchange between the public, filmmakers, researchers in the humanities and experts, we raise awareness of ethnographic film and visual anthropology. In addition, we give a privileged place to Aboriginal, Canadian, Quebec and non-Western film productions.

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    Festival Foundation

    It all began in 2003, when a group of anthropology students and professors decided to create an ethnographic film festival – the first of its kind in Canada. The festival was then called the FFEM: Festival de Film Ethnographique de Montréal.

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    The festival is growing

    A few years later, the FFEM was extended to the two other Montreal universities with an anthropology department: McGill and Concordia. It then became the FIFEM: rendez-vous interuniversitaire du film ethnographique.

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    The Festival is structured. Very quickly, in Montreal, in Quebec, and internationally, the event gains notoriety. Laval University joins the movement, the FIFEM becomes the FIFEQ!

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    For the first time, non-student volunteers join the festival team and are entrusted with the general coordination. The FIFEQ then leaves the university walls to reach the general public. It moved into the city’s cinemas, galleries, and museums, as well as into alternative venues, to meet an increasingly diverse audience.

The FIFEQ in 4 key dates

Since 2003


Our project

We want to become the platform for ethnographic film in Canada. As such, we show original and daring cinematographic works. We also privilege reflexive approaches, such as stories that question themselves and ethnographers/filmmakers who question their own points of view.

The programming team places a singular emphasis on Indigenous narratives and film productions, in Canada and elsewhere. We are particularly interested in decolonizing the gaze by promoting works that break out of the shackles of colonial and essentialist anthropology. Thus, we wish to promote an anthropology and a cinema of the close, sometimes even the banal. Exploring new writing also allows us to observe and question our own societies.

a team of dedicated volunteers

FIFEQ-MTL is an entirely voluntary, horizontal and democratic organization. Our volunteers come from a variety of fields, from anthropology and art history to bioinformatics and international development. This diversity of profiles and eclectic personalities is a major asset, an essential ingredient of a rich program and a colorful Festival.


Danielle Kouhio Depri

Artistic co-direction, general coordination and programming

Jamie Lee Foison

Artistic co-direction and coordination of the screening and selection committee

Flandrine Lusson

Artistic co-direction and programming

Jade Miranda Neri

Co-Artistic Director and co-head of communications

Andrea Serrano

Co-Artistic Director and co-head of communications

Screening and Selection Committee

Manon Baudoin | Roger Gaboury | Cécile Bastide | Virginie Le Naour | Charles-Émile Lafrance | Kevin Semaan | Anna Henry | Louise Pinault-Southam | Clara Ferrando Costa | David Deladurantaye Leblanc | Mayra Bielma | Chelsea Sweetin | Harry Danon | Pascale Hebert | Alain Ayotte | Elsa Hetletvedt | Renata Moreira Fontoura | Eloise Lu


We would like to acknowledge the contributions of Pauline, Hélène, Geneviève, Marco, Jérémy, Irmak, Sophie, Lily-Cannelle, Khando, Sarah, Jade, Audrey, Ying, Thibault et Raphaël.


We would like to acknowledge the contributions of Raphaël, Julie, Camille, Simon, Solène, Antonia, Daniel, Geneviève, Diego, Laeticia, Roxanne, Emmanuel, Hanine, Myriam, Paul et Olivia.

29 MARS 2019

Le cinéma ethnographique sort des universités

« Le festival est en transition, explique Asmâa Hadji, coordonnatrice de l’événement. À l’origine dans les universités, on a voulu le sortir du milieu universitaire en organisant des projections à l’extérieur des institutions. »

11 AVRIL 2018

Ethnographic filmmaking shines at FIFEQ

“We’ve always tried to make it accessible to the public,” Seo said. “Our goal is just to share these films, we don’t have a judging panel or awards or prizes, we just want to share.”

28 MARS 2018

FIFEQ 2018:
Voix de femmes

Au programme: une série de documentaires dont un volet consacré aux femmes réalisatrices autochtones qui ont choisi le vecteur cinématographique pour exprimer toutes les facettes de leur identité.

The FIFEQ is a free festival that is made possible every year thanks to the generosity of our partners and cultural grants. Would you like to support us?