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MWFF ANNOUNCES “GOLDEN CHELEM” WITH 13 Montreal Film Fest 2016 1CASH PRIZES

The always surprising Montreal Film Festival is celebrating its’ 40th year with another innovating, interesting step for 2016. Read the press release below but the Festival has been given $1 million dollars US to be divided among the winners of its’ many competitive categories. That’s awfully nice for the filmmakers involved, should they win.

This will be my 18th year returning hopefully to the MWFF as it’s abbreviated, and it’s always a delight and an astonishment.It happens at the tail end of August this year and the first week of September.

Read on for details.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary the Montreal World Film Festival is introducing a GOLDEN CHELEM of World Cinema: $1 million (US) in cash prizes will be added to the awards for its competitive sections. The prize money will be shared equally (on a 50/50 basis) by the producers and directors of the winning films, in order to encourage new cinematic creation. “No other festival in the world rewards its best films in such a generous way with 13 different prizes.” stated MWFF Chairman Serge Losique. With this initiative, MWFF ignites a “genuine revolution” in the organization of an international film festival.

 

A generous benefactor has undertaken to sponsor these prizes. He acknowledged the Festival’s s prominence and hard work, accomplished both at home and on the international scene over 40 years. The prize money will be deposited in-trust at a notary’s office in Montreal, so that it could only be used for that purpose at the MWFF’s Awards Ceremony on September 5, 2016.

 

 

WORLD COMPETITION

$250,000 – Grand Prize of the Americas

$120,000 – Jury Grand Prize

 

FIRST FILMS COMPETITION

$110,000 – Golden Zenith

$50,000 – Silver Zenith

$40,000 – Bronze Zenith

 

BEST SHORT FILM

$20,000 –MWFF Award 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY   

$50,000

 

BEST CANADIAN FILM

$110,000 – Gold Prize

$60,000 – Silver Prize

 

SPECIAL CHINESE FILM COMPETITION

$110,000 – Gold Prize

$60,000 – Silver Prize

 

STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

$10,000 – Best Film, NATIONAL COMPETITION

$10,000 – Best Film, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

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