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Festival Overview

The Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (better known under its French acronym FIFEM) will hold its 18th edition from February 28th to March 8th, 2015. For seventeen years, we have been presenting quality cinema to the Montreal young audiences during spring school break!

The Festival will be presided by three juries, the Children’s Jury, the International Professional Jury and the INIS Jury (Canadian Professional Jury). Each Jury will be giving awards for the best films from the Official Competition.

Our goal is to promote quality films from around the world to our 2 to 14 year-old audience and their family members.


- Place aux familles award: $2000 to the filmmaker
- Grand Prix de Montreal : trophy
- Prix special du Jury: trophy
- Prix du public: trophy
- Prix Inis : trophy
- Prix special du Jury Enfant: trophy


Animation Children Family

Known festival contacts Contacts
Jo-Anne Blouin
President & CEO
Jo-Anne Blouin
Primary contact
Recent Festival News News
14th May 2014 2014 AWARDS


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01. Objectives

The FIFEM is an independent and competitive Festival whose goal is to promote quality films from around the world to its young audience.

02. Registration

The Deadline for entries is December 14, 2014. At this date, the Festival must have received:
- A DVD screener. In order to be considered, all films that are in a language other than French or English must be subtitled;
- The completed entry form.

03. Selection

Only DVDs are accepted for pre-selection.
A filmmaker, producer or distributor can submit a film.
Film selection is at the Festival’s discretion and the final decision will be sent in writing.

04. Shipping procedure

The entry form and DVD screener should be sent by mail with the inscription: « For cultural purposes only. No commercial value », before December 14, 2014 to the following address:
4067, St-Laurent Blvd., suite 400-A
Montreal, Qc, Canada, H2W 1Y7
Tel.: +1 (514) 284-9388
Should the film be selected, we will contact you concerning the shipping of the screening copy.

05. Sections

FIFEM 2015 will include the following categories:
- Official Competition;
- Out of Competition;
- Retrospective/Tribute/Other sections.

06. Entry requirements

All films sent to the Festival for pre-selection must fill these requirements:
- Animation, documentary and live action films are accepted;
- Screening copies must be available in the following formats: DCP, 35mm, Blu-Ray or Betacam;
- The film should not have been commercially released or shown on television in Canada before its screening at the Festival;
- Films that are not in French or English must be subtitled, ideally in French, otherwise in English;
- All films that are not in French must be accompanied by a dialogue list (French or English) to allow for simultaneous French narration;
- Films presented in other Festivals can be submitted to FIFEM.

07. Requirements for participation in Official Competition

- The competition is only open to feature films produced after December 31, 2013;
- The films presented in this section must fill the Festival’s entry requirements;
- Industrial, advertising and educational films are not eligible.

08. Requirements for Out of Competition

- Feature and short films are eligible;
- The films presented in this section must fill the Festival’s entry requirements.

09. Requirements for the Retrospective / Tribute / Other sections

This section is not open for submissions. The Festival will invite films to be presented in this section for their exceptional qualities.

10. Juries and Awards

The Festival organisers will nominate three juries.
The Professional International Jury will be composed of professionals from the film industry; two-thirds of the jury members will be coming from outside Canada. The Festival Programming Director will assist in the Jury’s deliberation, but will not have the right to vote.
The Professional International Jury will grant the following awards:
- Grand Prix de Montréal;
- Special Jury Award.
The Children’s Jury will be composed of five children aged 10 to 13 years.
The Children’s Jury will grant the following awards:
- “Place for families” Award, with a CAN$2,000 cash prize for the director;
- Special Jury Award.
The INIS Jury will grant the INIS Award to a film in competition that presents exceptionally innovative qualities.
The public will be voting for the People’s Choice Award, which can be won by any film presented at the Festival (Official Competition, Out of Competition and all other sections).

11. Shipping and insurance of the screening copy

Prints of participating films must arrive at Festival office before February 8, 2015.

Screening copies of films from the official competition should be sent prepaid.

Specific shipping instructions will be provided by the Festival’s Print Traffic Coordinator approximately one month prior to Festival dates.
A pro forma invoice should be affixed on the outside of the box to facilitate customs clearance.
A notice of dispatch should be sent to the Festival by e-mail or fax, indicating:
- Film title;
- Film format (DCP, 35mm, Blu-Ray, Betacam);
- Date of shipment;
- Name of transport service (Fedex, DHL, etc.);
- Air Waybill or tracking number.

12. Excerpts for television

Excerpts of the films participating in the Festival may be broadcast on television for media coverage of FIFEM and/or FIFEM advertising purposes. The length of excerpts will not exceed 2 minutes and a special permission will be asked to the producer.

13. Withdrawal of a film

A film CANNOT be withdrawn from the Festival once submitted. Any person submitting a film agrees to Festival regulations and commits to having the film screened in the Festival under these conditions.

14. Return of the print

Prints of participating films in the official competition will be returned at the recipient’s expense.

The screening copy will be returned in the week following the Festival at the address given by the sender.
The Festival must be informed in writing of any change of address for the return of the print.
The Festival will keep the DVD screener for its archives, unless agreed otherwise with the sender.

15. Non-specific cases and contestation

Festival organisers and Director reserve the right to decide on any unclear situations not mentioned in the present regulations.
Participation in the Festival implies recognition without reservation of regulations and entry form.


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