MONTRÉAL, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For a fifth consecutive year, Loto-Québec has enthusiastically renewed its partnership with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), to be held from March 14 to 24 in Montréal. As sponsor of the FIFA Special Events series, Loto-Québec continues to demonstrate its interest in supporting the Québec arts scene.
The Special Events series offers some 20 activities, including several exhibitions, round tables, master classes and performances, and will be hallmarked once more this year by major encounters between artists and the public.
First up is the opening of Ed Pien's Papier peint/Wallpaper video show on March 15th at 5 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise that promises spectators an intense visual immersion experience. Not to be missed on March 16th at 6:30 p.m. is a round table, followed by the screening of Fatwa - Salman's story, which frontlines the question of literary censorship through the life and work of Salman Rushdie. Next is the Longueur de l'alphabet documentary, which will be screened at the Grande Bibliothèque on March 17th at 6:30 p.m., with director Joe Balass and writer Naïm Kattan attending. The film offers a unique view of various neighborhoods of our city. Following the screening of Gerhard Richter, festival-goers are invited to attend a master class given by prolific British art film director Gerald Fox. On Thursday March 21 at 9 p.m., John Porter will present a series of 15 Super 8 films that he made since 1976. Some of the films will be projected on a screen in the classic manner, while others will be "delivered" by the director using a hand-held projector, with images shown on various available surfaces. Saturday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise, festival-goers can expect a ribald theme, with a round table on the unusual history of erotic comic books in Québec. The public will also be able to attend performances by Jan Peacock during the FIFA, as well as round tables on the challenges of architectural restoration, photojournalism, fashion marketing, urban planning and much more.
In 1979, Loto-Québec took on the mission of encouraging creation in the Québec visual arts through a program of contemporary art acquisition. Today, the Collection Loto-Québec holds in excess of 4,500 works by more than 1,200 of our artists. Each year, more than 200 new works are added to the collection, which is an important link in Québec's arts heritage chain. The Collection pursues its mission while encouraging the dissemination of art work through its Espace Création exhibition space and travelling exhibits throughout the province.
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