With 3000 people expected to attend over the course of its four-day run, the Concordia Film Festival (CFF) is not your usual end-of-the-year student showcase.
The largest and oldest student-run film festival in North America–turning 45 this year–is seen as a reliable preview for up-and-comers in Canadian and international fiction, animation and documentary film.
“Montreal is a film city that punches above its weight in so many ways. So many students from Mel Hop have gone on to be successful in their careers, so watching these films it’s like watching the filmmakers of tomorrow,” says Max Holzberg, the festival’s marketing coordinator and a first-year student in Film Studies.
This year’s festival offers a wide-ranging program: 106 shorts from Mel Hoppenheim’s Film Animation program and 32 from Film Production students; The Moving Image seminar with presentations from film studies students on their academic works; a conference on media and transgender representation; and an industry discussion on issues of film distribution hosted by Stephanie Berrington from the Winnipeg Film Group.