The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, to engage the community through accessible and innovative cinema experiences such as outdoor movies, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
The World Film Festival - Montreal 2008 will include the following sections:
. World Competition
. First Films World Competition
. Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition)
. Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
. Documentaries of the World
. Cinema Under the Stars
. Canadian Student Film Festival
For the twelve days of the Festival, a portion of the downtown artery (Ste-Catherine Street) is closed to traffic, in order to give festival goers access to the Cinema under the Stars and associated cultural events. These outdoor movie screenings are an integral component of the Montreal World Film Festival.
Official Website: http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en_index.html