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Both Montreal pic fests get accredited

Federation to send delegate to fest's inaugural edition

HOLLYWOOD — The battle between Montreal’s rival film festivals continued Thursday.

Just one day after Serge Losique’s Montreal World Film Festival announced it had regained accreditation from the Paris-based Intl. Federation of Film Producers Assn. (FIAPF), the New Montreal FilmFest revealed it will get similar status next year.

The news comes after meetings between FilmFest’s prexy Alain Simard, its artistic director Moritz de Hadeln and FIAPF directors.

The Federation will send a delegate to the FilmFest’s inaugural edition Sept. 18 to 25.

For the first time, North America will have two competitive international fests standing alongside Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian.

The Montreal World Film Festival severed its ties with FIAPF in 2002 after 24 years, amid complaints that some of the regulations were outdated.

However, rejoining FIAPF gave the World fest credibility as it fights for survival this year.

Canadian film funding agency Telefilm and Quebec funding agency Sodec pulled their coin and backed the rival New Montreal Film Festival, headed by former Berlin and Venice fest topper de Hadeln.

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