Harper Government Reaffirms Support for the International Festival of Films on Art

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - For a 30th consecutive year, Montrealers and other festival visitors will be able to discover the world of media arts and art films at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), thanks to support from the Government of Canada. This was reaffirmed today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding will allow FIFA to hold a festival that fosters recognition and appreciation of media arts by the general public, in addition to promoting works by Canadian and foreign filmmakers and artists. From March 15 to 25, 2012, the festival will offer around 300 films in 27 different artistic disciplines.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in major events like the International Festival of Films on Art that ensure better access to works from all across Canada and reflect the rich cultural diversity of our country," said Minister Moore. "By supporting this event—the only one of its kind in North America—our Government is delivering on its commitment to enhance the Canadian economy and support arts and culture."

"We are delighted that the Government of Canada is supporting our festival. This is a concrete demonstration of the importance it places on culture and its creators, as well as to making cultural available to a large audience," said René Rozon, Founding Director of FIFA. "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude. This support provides a real boost to our efforts in promoting arts and culture."

FIFA is a non-profit organization devoted to the worldwide promotion and presentation of films on art and media art. Its principal activity is an annual 10-day festival held in Montréal that presents the finest productions from around the globe.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $90,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Éric Amyot
Director, Regional Communications
Quebec Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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