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Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier

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he Mediterranean Film Festival was founded in 1979 by the enthusiasts running Ciné-club Jean-Vigo, a Montpellier film club that has been extremely active since the mid-1950s. Initially called 'Rencontres avec le cinéma méditerranéen', the event became the 'Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier' (Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film) in 1989. It has included a competition section since then. Statutory objective: 'The Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film has a cultural purpose consisting of knowledge of the cinema of the Mediterranean zone, the Black Sea, Portugal and Armenia. In a spirit of tolerance, it enhances discussion, seminars and studies on the common components that link these cinemas.' In 2008, the Montpellier Film Festival hosted 208 official guests, 228 professionals and a hundred journalists. The programme featured 270 films (feature, short, documentary and experimental), 3 exhibitions, 1 cine-concert, 1 concert, 2 conferences and many round-tables. The attendance figure reached 86 500 (including 8 300 pupils for the "Young People's Festival" held from 13 to 23 October and the 350 high-school students who came for the "Lycée Classes"). 27 prizes and special distinctions have been awarded for all the sections for a total amount of more than €100,000 in cash, aid and services. On 30 and 31 October, 16 Development Aid Grant film projects were defended and 4 prizes and 1 writing residency were awarded.


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31st Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival
23 Oct.-1 Nov. 2009
78, av. du Pirée - 34000 Montpellier - France
Tel. +33 (0) 499 13 73 73
Fax +33 (0) 499 13 73 74

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