FIFEQ // The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec FIFEQ Festival International du film ethnographique du Québec

FIFEQ Festival International du film ethnographique du Québec


The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (FIFEQ) is a festival dedicated to the screening of films that celebrate human agency and the diversity of environments we craft for ourselves. While promoting the realm of visual anthropology, our mission is first and foremost to select films that give a voice to the cultures and communities portrayed.

FIFEQ is a transnational platform that promotes representations of alterity - "otherness" - that are articulated within an anti-colonial framework. This way, we actively recognize and question the relationship between the filmmakers, their representations, and the audiences.

FIFEQ is a not-for-profit and volunteer-based film festival organized by students. To this effect, we are committed to hosting our screenings and other events in accessible spaces. We organize within the university communities of Université de Montréal, McGill University, Concordia University and Université Laval (in Québec City), and enthusiastically welcome the student bodies as well as the population at large to attend our week of screenings.



The FIFEQ was founded in 2003, following an encounter between students at a conference on visual anthropology. These young passionate individuals decided to put together an annual event to celebrate ethnographic film: the Montreal Ethnographic Film Festival. It was renamed in 2007 to become the International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec. Since the first edition held in 2004, the FIFEQ has kept its mission to showcase ethnographic film and visual anthropology while making it accessible, free and widespread across the general public.


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