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Past festivals from 2015 back to 1979 are available in Festivals since 1979.
The sub-section Winners since 1989 allows access by year to information sheets on the winning films and the biographies of the directors.
The sub-section Guests since 1979 contains 963 names of directors and cinema technicians and their biographies.
The sub-section Publications contains all the Montpellier Festival publications since 1985. They consist mainly of the proceedings ('Actes') of the festivals, featuring numerous interviews of the personalities who have come to Montpellier. Most of these publications are still available. They can be ordered from the festival’s Shop.
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History of the Festival
The 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.'
The 2013 festival in figures
In 2013 the enthusiasm of the public for the program translated into a significant increase in attendance with 84,000 admissions, 2.5% more than in 2012. The festival’s web site, cinemed.tm.fr, confirmed this interest with more than 16,500 visits between October 24 and November 2. The traditional class for lycée students included 270 high school students from all over France preparing to take the 2014 "cinéma-audiovisuel" baccalauréat and some 1,300 people visited the 19 stands of the schools taking part in the 3rd annual Cinema and Audio-visual Trades Day held at the beginning of the festival. The 35th Cinemed also received 256 official guests, 194 professionals and 114 journalists. Besides the 214 films scheduled, the festival included 2 exhibitions, a cinema workshop and numerous roundtables with the guests. 11 prizes were awarded for full features, short features and documentaries, with a total value of €60,000 in cash and services.
But this 35th edition was particularly notable for the numerous professional meetings which took place between October 29 and 31, confirming that Montpellier has become a strong focus for contemporary Mediterranean filmmakers. In this context, the Development aid grant on October 29 and 30 selected 13 film projects and awarded 5 grants (with a total value of €35,000 in cash and services). In addition, 57 individual meetings were organised with persons submitting projects. Four seminars were run and a forum was organised for producers and directors from the region. Lastly, thank you to all of our guests, professionals and journalists, sponsors and partners, who made this 35th Festival a success.
> 'Classes L' courses
The Montpellier Festival has held courses since 1992 for lycée pupils taking the Baccalauréat cinema-audiovisual option. Each year about 400 students participate in the courses organised by the Festival. The following courses have been held since 1992: Rossellini (1992), Tati (1993), Flaherty (1994), Buñuel (1995), Demy (1996), Fellini (1997), Mizoguchi (1998), Pialat (1999), short films and Varda (2000), Jean Vigo (2001), Kiarostami (2002) Chris Marker (2003), Anthony Mann (2004) Murnau (2005), Wong Kar-wai (2006), Alain Resnais (2007), Alfred Hitchcock (2008), The Man with the Movie Camera (2009), Souleymanne Cissé’s Yeelen (2010), Éric Rohmer’s Conte d’été (2011), Ernst Lubitsch’ To Be or Not To Be (2012) and Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica (2013).
> Cinema and Audiovisual Trades Day (Journée des métiers du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel)
This event is intended for lycée pupils in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Côte d'Azur regions, cinema students and for the 500 lycée cinema and audiovisual pupils from 21 lycées all over France who are coming to the Cinemed Montpellier from 26 to 28 October for training. The aim is to make it easier for lycée pupils to make career choices and to facilitate the transition between choice of occupation and training and between training and the professional world for all young people who wish to work in cinema. See the 2013 event.
> Children's Festival
This is a selection of films forming an introduction to cinema provided by the Festival each year for nursery and primary schoolchildren in Montpellier and 'Montpellier Agglomération'. In all, 20 sessions and more than 9,000 seats are available for schoolchildren. They are available as part of school attendance time with transport provided by the city and the 'Agglomération'. Several sessions are also held in day centres and community centres and for associations.
> 'L’Agglo fait son cinéma'
At the initiative of the Agglomération de Montpellier in collaboration with the Festival of Mediterranean film, 'L’Agglo fait son cinéma' is a programme of summer showings of films in the open air in the communes of Montpellier Agglomération. As the organiser of the programme, the Festival provides films of undisputable artistic quality in places where the largest possible number of people can see them in a very special setting (outdoors and free of charge).
> The Mediterranean at Ciné-club Jean-Vigo
Within the framework of the seasons at the Ciné-club Jean-Vigo, The Montpellier Festival of Mediterranean Film organises each year a series of sessions devoted to cinema around the shores of the Mediterranean. Five films are being shown during the Ciné-club's 2012-2013 season. Information can be found at www.cineclubjeanvigo.fr
The Mediterranean Documentary Season
The festival is also showing Mediterranean documentary films in collaboration with the Médiathèque Federico-Fellini. This is again a way of continuing the work done during the months of selection of the films shown at the festival and to give the public an opportunity to see excellent films for which there was no room in the official selection.
The 2013-2014 Mediterranean Documentary Season :
- Thursday 12 Dec. 2013 - 6 p.m. The Splendor of Douz, by Vincent Martorana (France, 2013, 1 h)
- Thursday 16 Jan. 2014 - 6 p.m. Casa, by Daniela de Felice (France, 2013, 55 min)
- Thursday 13 Feb. 2014 - 6 p.m. A Little Corner of Heaven, by Nicolas Martin (France, 2012, 1 h 16 min)
- Thursday 13 Mar. 2014 - 6 p.m. A fede, Faith in Corsica, by Lætitia Agostini (France, 2012, 52 min)
More information on the Mediterranean Documentary Season: click here.
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Opening night with Audrey Tautou
Nathalie Baye and Pierre Salvador
With Carmen Maura
The young people's Festival