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About

Our mission

Ethnographic cinema is a well-known discipline within academia, especially among anthropologists. However, the uninitiated often consider it an opaque, inaccessible, even elitist art.

Since 2003, FIFEQ-MTL’s mission has been to democratize visual anthropology and ethnographic cinema through programs featuring eclectic and accessible films. We also develop bridges between different fields: academic, cultural and associative.

One of the specificities of our festival is that our screenings, which we hold in professional cinemas such as the Cinéma Moderne, the Cinémathèque Québécoise, the Cinéma Public, the Cinéma du Parc and the Concordia cinema rooms, are free. We want all citizens to have access to cinemas to watch the films that we program on big screens and in rooms equipped with high-quality audio visual equipment.

FIFEQ-MTL brings together several hundreds of spectators every year around two common passions: visual anthropology and cinema. Through discussions between members of the public, filmmakers, researchers in the human sciences, and experts, we raise public awareness of ethnographic film and visual anthropology, as well as contemporary issues or experiences of filming and representing reality. In addition, we give priority to Indigenous, Canadian, Quebecois and non-Western film productions.

FIFEQ in 4 key dates

  1. festival film ethnographique

    2003

    Festival Foundation

    A few years later, the FFEM extends to the two other Montreal universities with an anthropology department: McGill and Concordia. It then becomes the FIFEM:  Festival Interuniversitaire du Film Ethnographique de Montréal.

  2. étudiants discutent du festival

    2005

    The Festival Takes Expansion

    A few years later, the FFEM spreads to two other universities in Montreal with anthropology departments: McGill University and Concordia University. It becomes the FIFEM: Ethnographic Film Inter-University Festival of Montreal.

  3. affiche festival FIFEQ

    2007

    FIFEM BECOMES FIFEQ

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

  4. edition 2019 au nomad life

    2018

    FIFEQ-MTL SHINES OUTSIDE OF UNIVERSITIES

    For the first time, non-student volunteers join the festival team and are entrusted with the festival’s general coordination. FIFEQ-MTL then goes beyond universities to reach the general public. The festival settles in cinemas, museums and alternative institutions, meeting an increasingly diverse audience.

SINCE 2003

600
movies
10700
spectators
450
volunteers

Our Project

The only festival of its kind in Canada, FIFEQ-MTL aims to carve out a place in the cultural sphere of Montreal, Quebec and Canada to ethnographic film, a cinematographic genre still little known. FIFEQ-MTL wishes to become a festival of reference for auteur ethnographic cinema in North America and internationally.

Since its beginnings, FIFEQ-MTL has wanted to break with colonial, essentialist, racist and dehumanizing schemes inherited from the colonial anthropology of the first half of the 20th century. The festival tends to democratize independent ethnographic cinema for the general public. It promotes a contemporary vision, and questions the ethics of visual captation, particularly in contexts marked by historical relations of domination. The FIFEQ-MTL team wishes to feature innovative and daring films that confront our representations of reality and push the limits of this discipline. At FIFEQ-MTL, ethnographic films are not just a question of otherness, voyeurism or exoticism: through its varied programming, the festival seeks to think critically of a filmic ethnography that aims to be humanist, reflective and fundamentally cinematographic. Year after year, our festival works towards the recognition of the ethnographic film as a cinematographic genre in its own right. Thus, we wish to promote “an ethnography” and a cinema of proximity, sometimes even of the ordinary, which joins the primary mission of socio-cultural anthropology.

A team of dedicated volunteers

FIFEQ-MTL is an entirely voluntary, horizontal and democratic organization. Our volunteers come from multiple fields, from anthropology, art and film history, to bioinformatics, international development and urban studies. This diversity of profiles, this eclecticism of personalities, constitute a major asset, an essential ingredient for a rich program and a colorful festival.

Organizing Committee

Amanda Gao

Socio-numeric networks and festive events

Danielle Kouhio Depri

General and artistic coordination

Danya Leal

Logistics and volunteer coordination

Hend Ben Salah

Programming internship

Julia Islas

Programming

Marine Vasina

Programming

Mehdi Bouzoubâa

Programming and graphic design support (October 2023 to February 2024)

Mira Bossakova

Programming

Collaborators

Stéphanie Simpson

Graphic design and website

Catherine Paradis

Graphic design and website internship

Andrea Serrano

Trailer editing

Camille Tournon

Copy Editor

Board of directors

Lily-Cannelle Mathieu

President

Thibault Tranchant

Vice-president

Naomie Décarie-Daigneault

Secretary

Marc-Antoine Lévesque

Treasurer

Leila Afriat

Administrator

Manon Baudouin

Administrator

Danielle Kouhio Depri

Administrator

Screening and selection committee

Eyrhel, Dany, Anna, Gabriel, Brian, Gabrielle, Mauve, Celia, Fil, Mathilde, Pascale, Mehdi, Guillaume, Marine, Julia, Mira, Danielle, Chloé, Shadé, Lina and Carolanne.

FOR 2022/2023 EDITION

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of 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 and Eloise Lu.

FOR 2021/2022 EDITION

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

FOR 2020/2021 EDITION

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

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 comes to life every year thanks to the generosity of our partners and cultural subsidies. Would you like to support us?