27  09  2008

Film Festival

30th anniversary for the Montpellier Festival of Mediterranean Film

The Montpellier Festival of Mediterranean Film, taking place from 24 October to 2 November 2008, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It started with what in 1979 seemed to be a real gamble: the notion of a federative Mediterranean cultural audiovisual identity. As the festivals went by, this joint identity gained clarity and strength. Great names in the cinema were hosted in Montpellier, new talents were revealed and a public of enthusiasts formed over the years.

The festival is showing this year the best recent productions from all the shores of the Mediterranean. A unique overview from Portugal to the Black Sea. More than 250 films will be shown, including 120 new works in the official selection: previews, competitions and panoramas.

The Festival contemplates also a series of tributes and retrospectives, but it is also a meeting place for professionals. It is infact organising a Press Round Table chaired by Jean-Michel Frodon, director of Cahiers du Cinéma and Professional Meetings for reflection attended by the leading professionals in the region. This year the theme is short films, from project to distribution.

Since 1991, the Festival has awarded a grant to directors who have already made at least one fiction short and submit a project for a feature film at the screenplay stage. 12 screenplays for feature films will be examined by an international jury and 2 awards of €7,000 and 1 of €4,000 will be granted.

Special events will also take place for this 30th anniversary. A Safy Boutella concert: 30 years of music and films; an evening of short films in partnership with Canal+; an evening of Mediterranean short documentaries and exhibitions on the Taviani brothers consisting of an exceptional series of images as well as an exhibition of the Spanish Civil War film posters.