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The Congrès mondial acadien 2024 (CMA) and the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) are excited to announce Cinéma du CMA – a collaborative project that will see a series of films created by filmmakers in the Acadian diaspora screened throughout CMA 2024. This marks the very first time that a dedicated film component is part of the programming at a Congrès mondial acadien. 

The CMA 2024 screenings will take place in two locations – Salle Marc Lescarbot on the Université Sainte-Anne campus in Church Point, NS and Salle Maurice LeBlanc at the Conseil acadien de Par-en-Bas in Tusket, NS. 

“Filmmakers play an essential role in telling our Acadian stories. They bring our culture to life and give us a way to connect with our language, our heritage and our dynamic identity,” says Marcel Aymar, Director of Programming for CMA 2024. “The partnership with FICFA allows us to expand both our exciting programming and our vision to celebrate a wide range of Acadian artistic and creative disciplines during CMA 2024.” 

The FICFA – whose mission is to promote and make the Francophone cinema accessible to Francophones and Francophiles in the Atlantic region while also championing Acadian cinema throughout l’Acadie and in Francophone markets here in Canada and around the world – plays an integral in this partnership. 

In addition to developing the film program in collaboration with the CMA’s programming team, the festival will also be responsible for negotiating access to films and broadcasting rights with production/distribution companies, liaising with potential speakers who will be present during the screenings and providing projection techs, if necessary. 

“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to show the full diversity of Acadian cinema,” says Mélanie Clériot, Executive Director of FICFA. “We are delighted to partner with the CMA to present a rich and varied program, which highlights the great talent of filmmakers from Acadia and its diaspora in addition to creating opportunities to meet and interact with the various audiences attending the largest gathering of Acadians in the world. » 

More details on the film program, and the CMA 2024 lineup in general, will be released in the new year. 

The Congrès mondial acadien 2024 recognizes the financial contribution of the Government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia, and the municipalities of Clare and Argyle.