“Through its contribution to Vues d’Afrique, the Québec government expresses its support for the diversity of cultural expressions. For 25 years, Vues d’Afrique has borne witness to the vitality of African and Creole cultures and the long-lasting links with their counterparts in Québec. It is a tangible example of the dynamic nature of La Francophonie,” stated Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand, as the Québec government confirmed $125,000 in funding to Vues d’Afrique for the 25th edition of Pan-Africa International. The event will be held in Montréal from April 16 to 26.
“Through the art of filmmaking, Pan-Africa International opens itself to the richness of African and Creole culture. It offers a program bursting with a variety of activities for the general public. As a reflection of Montréal’s multicultural landscape, the festival presents an opportunity to reach young people in elementary and high schools through youth content that opens a window onto the world through a dialogue on different cultures,” added Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre.
“This major African and Creole film festival will showcase the quality, abundance, and originality of films presented to film lovers from here and abroad. In addition, Pan-Africa International gives Montréal the opportunity to present itself as a fun and welcoming city that is open to diversity,” stated Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Regions and Land Occupancy Nathalie Normandeau.
Vues d’Afrique specializes in cultural exchanges between African and Creole countries and others in La Francophonie. It promises a very colorful event schedule to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Held in several Montréal neighborhoods, the festival will present some hundred films from around forty countries as well as debates, conferences, exhibits, and meetings of film professionals. This year, Vues d’Afrique is expanding its clientele and presenting the first edition of its 100 Heures Chrono contest aimed at young filmmakers aged 17 to 25.