Things are looking up for Serge Losique and his Montreal World Film Festival after two years of bitter feuding and lawsuits that threatened to shut down the event for good.
The fest has unveiled its new program, Midnight Slam, featuring the world preems of “Scar 3D” from Joel Weintrob and Laurent Courau’s “Predators.”
Organizers are also close to bagging the world preem of “Shoot ‘em Up,” a New Line actioner directed by Michael Davis and starring Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci and Paul Giamatti.
The news comes days after Losique dropped his lawsuit against cultural agency Telefilm Canada.
The falling out came two years ago after Telefilm Canada and Quebec feature funding agency Sodec criticized the way Losique runs the fest and diverted about C$1 million ($940,000) in funding away to the New Montreal Film Fest. But that fest went bust after one year.
A defiant Losique sued Telefilm for attempting to put him out of business and continued to run a scaled-down version of his fest.
Sodec announced in mid-June that it will provide $206,600 in operating funds for the fest’s 31st edition, which runs Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. Now Telefilm Canada is mulling a funding application from Losique.
No word as to how much the fest has requested or when the decision will come down.