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March 11, 2005 10:49 ET

Government of Canada Supports the 23rd International Festival of Films on Art


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FOR: CANADIAN HERITAGE

MARCH 11, 2005 - 10:49 ET

Government of Canada Supports the 23rd International
Festival of Films on Art

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - President of the
Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development, and Member of Parliament
(Westmount-Ville Marie) Lucienne Robillard, on behalf of Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza
Frulla, today announced $80,000 in funding for the 23rd International
Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), taking place from March 10 to 20, 2005.

"This Festival has breathed new life into Montreal's cultural scene,"
said Minister Robillard. "Over the years, it has become a unique setting
for discovery, enabling the public to better understand the artistic
process involved for those who shape our culture."

"FIFA offers a great opportunity for cinema fans and art lovers alike to
gather and explore some of the most avant-garde creations from Canada
and abroad," said Minister Frulla. "I am delighted that our Government
is able to support this event, which enriches our cultural life and
enhances Montreal's reputation as a city of great artistic vitality."

FIFA is internationally recognized as the largest film festival on art.
Its mission is to increase public awareness of the artistic process of
creators in various fields including architecture, decorative arts,
dance, design and music. Nearly 250 films from some 30 countries will be
screened at the 23rd edition of FIFA. In addition to the annual awards
presentation, the Festival program will feature conferences and
networking activities for professionals active in the films on art genre.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage
under its Arts Presentation Canada program. The program seeks to enable
Canadians to experience the diversity and cultural richness of Canada
through professional arts festivals and performances, and other arts
events.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005
federal budget.

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Contact Information

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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Philippe Cote, Director of Communications
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Constituency Office
    Nathalie Dallaire
    Special Assistant
    (514) 283-2013
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Myriam Brochu
    Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314
    (This news release is available on the Internet at
    http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)