Montreal Festival of New Cinema


Years running: 54 (since 1971)

Montreal Festival of New Cinema

Festival of New Cinema in Montreal.


The Festival is committed to the exploration and development of new practices in cinema and new media. It is a premiere showcase for original and brand-new works, particularly in the fields of independent cinema and digital creation. The Festival calling card is its rigorous and diverse programming, consistently presenting high-quality and often unseen works selected for their originality and innovation. The FNC has always developed in tandem with evolving practices and trends in cinema, and equipped with high-tech screening and presentation facilities, it has earned an international reputation as a leading-edge festival. The FNC is also an excellent platform for discoveries, introductions, events and exchanges uniting audiences and industry professionals. 


  • International Selection: International films offering a new vision and approach to cinema. The films presented must be first, second or third feature-length works by a director;
  • Focus: Discover the vitality of Quebec and Canadian cinema;
  • Special Presentation: Great names in cinema and the year’s best films;
  • Panorama International: A tour of the latest gems in world cinema;
  • Temps Zéro: The festival's wildest section is an eclectic showcase of films that defy classification. Avant-garde, mischievous, off-kilter and totally riotous, this section is all about surprising discoveries and penultimate audience pleasure;
  • Les P'tits Loups: youth section;
  • FNC Lab: Wide-ranging works of experimentation at the crossroads of cinema, visual arts and new technology. A laboratory that pushes beyond traditional narrative and aesthetic forms in a program spanning films, installations, performances and transmedia projects;
  •  FNC Pro: The annual rendez-vous for media and industry professionals. Activities that facilitate the exchange of expertise in the domain of cinema with a special attention towards the new technological realities of the field.



  • Louve d'Or - Quebecor - Best feature film from the International Selection;
  • Daniel Langlois Innovation Award
  • Best Actor or Actress Award 
  • People’s Choice Award


  • Loup argenté for the Best short



  • Works must have been produced after January 1st, 2023.
  • Canadian premier for international short films and New Media art works and Quebec premier for Canadian short films 
  • Quebec premier status for all feature films. 
  • The copy has to be in the original language, subtitled in french (preferably) or english. 
  • The short films must last less than 52 minutes and, as a consequence, the feature ones more than 52 minutes.

Submission via Filmfreeway is available.

Participants must pay the shipping, customs and insurance costs (including return costs) for their selected work. The FNC covers insurance costs only between the time of reception of the material and the time of its return to the participant.

Subtitles language: French and/or English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Director — Mr. Nicolas Girard Detruc
  • Programming Director — Mr. Claude Chamberlan





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Montréal, Québec H2W 1X9

Phone: +1 514 282 0004

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    February 15, 2024
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 31, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    May 01, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    May 15, 2024
  • Extended Deadline
    May 30, 2024
  • Notifications
    September 10, 2024
  • Event Dates
    9 — 20 October 2024
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $50

The feature films more than 52 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $55

The short films must last less than 52 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $50
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