This post is also available in: Chinese (Simplified)

Our Story and Mission

 

Multiculturalism is one of the most noticeable features of Canada. Humanistic spirit is highly promoted in our country. 

The world’s very first Film Festival was held in Venice, Italy in 1932. It has been a huge success, and has been held yearly, for 70 years now. The original intention of hosting a Film Festival was to commemorate classic films and introduce new films. In 1932, there were only six exhibited films, and fourteen actors and actresses who represented their films and attended the festival activities. Now, over 25,000 people attend these film festivals and events. In less than a century, the film industry has grown enormously and has become extremely influential. 

Currently, over 3,000 film festivals are held every year, internationally. Many films are recognized and awarded in these festivals, but there are still an unbelievable number of outstanding films, which are unrecognized and forgotten. Outstanding films from the less developments countries, such as, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, have been unrated and have not been given their proper recognition in any film festival. Although the films from these less developed countries may not be as spectacular as Hollywood blockbusters, but they are a valuable spirit of art, with an overwhelmingly powerful ability to inspire us. Throughout the development of the film industry, we have realized the importance of multiculturalism, especially in Canada; we believe that we will be able to make a difference through hosting this Canada International Film and Television Festival(CIFTF). 

The essence of culture, in any nation, is irreplaceable and incomparable. Just as the cultures of Europe, Asia, America, and Africa cannot be compared; film, from these different nations cannot be properly compared either. Each and every culture has their unique ways of expression and comprehension; yet, we are still able to accept and appreciate our differences, and co-exist peacefully. Thus, this is our definition of multiculturalism. 

The North America (International) Multicultural Filmmakers Society is determine to gather outstanding films from around the world, and introduce them to everyone during our annual Canada International Film and Television Festival on August 8th. We are all from different backgrounds, different cultures, different nations, and speak different languages; and we hope to share this.

Our 1st Annual Canada International Film and Television Festival will be held in Vancouver. Due to the high anticipation of the event and our dedication to perfection, the festival will be postponed to November 12th, 2014. This will be a five-day festival, beginning November 12th, 2014, and ended November 15th, 2014.

We deeply believe that this will be the most exciting and extraordinary film festival to date. We will be selecting outstanding films from the five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Oceania. Each continent will receive their own independent awards. We aim to encourage filmmakers who have contributed to their nation and dedicated their lives to the film industry by recognizing their works in an art perceptive, rather than for commercial value. 

This event will be the center of attention around the world. At the closing ceremony, we will present the Global Leopard Award to the most outstanding film across the five continents. This trophy is named after the leopard because we want to remind people that leopards are becoming extinct and our world is depleting. It is our responsibility to protect this planet, and not let the scarce essences of culture vanish. 

The leopard will also becoming the symbol for the North America (International) Multicultural Filmmakers Society. Our mission is to promote multiculturalism across the world. The leopard will be our starting point, and we will fiercely chase our goals, just as the leopard chases its prey; and we will succeed!