The Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women of Québec, Christine St-Pierre, and her colleagues Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, have announced the Québec government is giving $128,000 to Vues d’Afrique for the organization and promotion of the 24th edition of Pan-Africa International, the African and Creole cinema festival, which will be held in Montréal April 10–20, 2008.
“By its dynamism and prestige, Vues d'Afrique is a shining example of the wealth and diversity of cultural expressions that coexist in Montréal. It also contributes to cultural dialog by showing films rarely seen on our screens. Year after year, film buffs in Montréal enjoy this chance to appreciate the quality, abundance, and originality of African and Creole cinema,” declared Ms. St-Pierre.
“Every year, Montréal cinema fans and visitors warmly welcome Journées du cinéma africain et créole, a tremendous springboard for artistic and sociocultural dialog. The festival allows Montréal to show its cosmopolitan side as a city that is open to diversity and the outside world,” noted Minister Normandeau.
Minister Gagnon-Tremblay added that “the Journées du cinéma africain et créole festival allows us to appreciate the value and quality of productions from French-speaking countries in particular. Quebecers are proud to belong to La Francophonie, and 2008—a year that will see the 12th La Francophone Summit held in Québec City—will give them ample opportunity to discover the various facets of creativity across the French-speaking world.”
Vues d'Afrique specializes in cultural exchanges with African and Caribbean countries, as well as those of the Francophonie. The festival presents a program of over 100 films and documentaries showcasing cultural, economic, political, and social realities in Africa and the Caribbean. Outside of the official competition, the event also includes children’s activities, internships for students from American universities, and networking opportunities for professionals from Canada and abroad.
The press release notes that $40,000 of the government assistance awarded to the event came from SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles); $18,000 from Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine; $40,000 from Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions; and a further $30,000 from Ministère des Relations internationales.