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Audacieux et innovant, ouvert et rassembleur, le Festival du nouveau cinéma met toute sa fougue au service du 7e art depuis 1971. Reconnu pour l’excellence de sa programmation, le festival le plus ancien au Canada se donne comme mandat de soutenir les voix émergentes afin de faire connaître leur originalité et leur diversité, tout en diffusant les oeuvres majeures du cinéma contemporain. Chaque année, nous offrons aux spectateurs plus de 300 œuvres de 60 pays différents. Le « nouveau » s’incarne en trois temps : nouveaux créateurs, nouvelles approches et nouvelles technologies, le tout assorti de conférences, événements spéciaux et soirées festives.

Le 49e édition du Festival du nouveau cinéma se déroulera du 7 au 18 octobre 2020.


Audacious and innovative, open and rallying, since 1971, the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC) brings all its fire to the service of the 7th art. As the oldest Canadian film festival and distinguished for its prominent programming, the FNC’s mandate is to support emerging filmmakers by promoting their original and diverse voices, as well as to exhibit major cinematographic works of the contemporary cinema. Every year, we showcase more than 300 works from over 60 countries. The « nouveau » is embodied through three axes : new artists, new perspectives, and new technologies, paired with conferences, special events, and festive parties.

The 49th edition of the FNC will be held from October 7 to 18, 2020.


> INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Today’s most relevant, bold, thrilling cinema

Louve d'or for the best feature film of the international competition
Loup argenté for the best international short film
Daniel Langlois innovation award given to a feature film from the international competition
Award for best interpretation in a feature film of the international competition

> NATIONAL COMPETITION: Spotlight on Canadian cinema

Grand Prix for best Canadian feature and short films
Prix de la diffusion Québécor - Canadian feature
People’s Choice award given to the audience’s favorite Canadian short

> TEMPS Ø: The wild bunch, bold cinematic rebels and adventurous films

People’s Choice for the audience’s favorite feature film in the Temps Ø section

> NEW ALCHEMISTS: Experimentation, metamorphosis, transcendence

Experimentation award for the best short and feature films in the New Alchemists competition

> INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA: Contrasting visions of world cinema

Peace award given to the audience’s favorite feature film in the International Panorama section

> P’TITS LOUPS: New cinema for children, young and old

P’tits loups for the best short of the P’tits loups competition by a jury of young moviegoers (aged 8-12)

> RENCONTRES PANCANADIENNES DU CINÉMA ÉTUDIANT (RPCÉ): National competition of short student films
RPCE award for the best short film in the RPCE competition

> THE ESSENTIALS (LES INCONTOURNABLES): The greatest names in cinema

> HISTORY OF CINEMA: Tributes, retrospectives, films about cinema

> SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Premiers, events, happenings

> FNC EXPLORE - NEW MEDIA ART WORKS: Exploring new technology trends

Grand prix d’innovation for the most innovative new media work
VR Cinema Award for best 360 virtual reality film
Prix de la relève étudiante for best student work in virtual reality

> FORUM: Four days of professional gatherings

Pitch award for the best work

The Festival is looking for films as well as virtual reality, interactive and performances works for its 49th edition which will run from October 7 to 18, 2020 in Montréal!

Submit your works before June 30 to be considered for the Festival this year!


The followings should be provided with each submission:
• Duly filled submission form
• A secured online screener valid until the end of the festival on October 18, 2020
• Full payment of the submission fees

• The festival accepts submissions of:
• Short film: Films under 59 minutes
• Feature film: Films of 59 minutes and over
• New media art work (virtual or augmented reality, installation, immersive work): no length limit

All works selected by FNC must comply with the following premiere status requirements:
• feature films: Quebec premiere
• short films: Quebec premiere for the Canadian shorts; Canadian premiere for the international shorts
• new media works: Canadian premiere (exceptions can nonetheless apply on a case by case basis upon discussions with the programming team)

All works which do not comply with these premiere status requirements (meaning works that have been broadcast on television, screened publicly in theaters or online prior to the festival dates) are not eligible for consideration.

Works must be subtitled in either French or English if the original language is neither French nor English.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2019 will be considered.
• Works previously submitted and rejected by the festival are not eligible for consideration.

Submission Fees :
- Early Bird : from March 15 to April 30 : 40 USD
- Regular : from May 1 to May 31 : 45 USD
- Last Minute : from June 1 to June 30 : 55 USD

- Early Bird : from March 15 to April 30 : 35 USD
- Regular : from May 1 to May 31 : 40 USD
- Last Minute : from June 1 to June 30 : 50 USD

Please note that submission fees will not be refunded if an applicant decides to withdraw a submission.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (UTC-5)
**EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (UTC-5)**

SELECTION: applicants will be notified of the selection or rejection of their submitted work by email around early September 2020.

N.B. The FNC organizers have final authority on all matters not specifically covered by these regulations.