Attendance Low, Tensions High At Montreal Fest

For a festival that was supposed to put Montreal back on the international filmfest map, the New Montreal FilmFest has so far been a consummate disaster. “Fears about a high degree of festival fatigue in Montreal appear to have been founded, given the poor attendance reported at many of the venues. Several screenings have had as few as 30 people in attendance — one film even reportedly showed to just nine festivalgoers.” In addition, an embarrassingly public spat has broken out between the fest’s director and its corporate backers, and several high-profile screenings have been cancelled without explanation.