Toronto Film Fest Up, Montreal In Trouble

A study commissioned to review Canada’s four largest film festivals offered up some sharp criticism to Montreal’s sagging offering. “The report, which surveyed film professionals from around the world, is a preliminary step as Telefilm and SODEC review their festival funding priorities. It could lead to Montreal getting a smaller portion of the millions of dollars in government grants given each year to film festivals. The study also praised festivals in Vancouver and Atlantic Canada, which rank third and fourth after Toronto and Montreal and which also continue to grow. The most significant findings highlighted the rise of Toronto and the decline of Montreal.”

Source: Toronto Star - 07/29/04