Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Notes:
  • The festival takes place since 1977 and is competitive since 1978. It is the only competitive film festival in North America recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) (as of 2001)

Time Specification: regular

Geographic Specification: international


Awards

Grand Prix des Amériques
Given: 1978-
1977: The festival wasn't competitive in its first year.
Only features not yet released or only in their country of production are eligible for the Official Competition (Compétition officielle) from which the winners are chosen.
The winning feature is chosen by an international jury.

Special Grand Prize of the Jury
Given: 1989-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Special Prize of the Jury
Given: 1978, 1980-1988
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Grand Prize of the Jury
Given: 1978-1979
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section. Considered to be the second prize.

Jury Prize
Given: 1980-1988
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Special Jury Award
Given: 1989

Jury Distinction
Given: 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section and given to a director, an actor etc. who didn't win one of the regular prize but deserved a special distinction.

Best Director
Given: 1989-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Young Director Jury Prize
Given: 1984
It was given by the jury to a promising young director.

Best Actress
Given: 1978-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Best Actor
Given: 1978-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Best Screenplay
Given: 1989-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the Official Competition section.

Best Artistic Contribution
Given: 1989-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of movies in the official competition section. Different contributions can be awarded, e.g. the photography, the music, the director etc.

Innovation Award

Romy Schneider Award for the Young Discovery of the Year
Given: 1982

First Prize (Short Films)
Given: 1993-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of short movies in the official competition section.

Montréal Grand Prize (Short Films)
Given: 1978-1992
Chosen by the jury from the pool of short movies in the Official Competition section.

Second Prize (Short Films)
Given: 1993-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of short movies in the Official Competition section.

Jury Prize (Short Films)
Given: 1978-1992, 2003-
Chosen by the jury from the pool of short movies in the Official Competition section.

Special Jury Award (Short Films)
Given: 1997

Special Citation (Short Films)
Given: 1985, 1997

Grand Prix Special des Amériques

Grand Prix Special du Festival
Given: 1985, 1999

Prix Special du Festival
Given: 1986

Prix du Festival
Given: 1990

Career Exellence Award

Life Achievement Award

Montréal First Film Prize
Given: 1989-
Awarded by a three members jury to a promising first-time feature film director. All debut fiction features in any category in the World Film Festival are eligible.

First Film Special Distinction
Given: 1991-
Chosen by a Jury from all the first-time feature's director.

People's Choice Award
Given: 1998-

Public Prize
Given: 1994-1997
Chosen by popular vote from all the movies screened in the Festival.

Most Popular Film
Given: 1981-1993
Chosen by popular vote from all the movies screened in the Festival.

Best Canadian Film

Best Canadian Short Film

Golden Zenith
Given: 2003-
Juried prize in the first fiction film competition.
Chosen by popular vote from different continental sections in the festival. (2003)

Silver Zenith
Juried prize in the first fiction film competition.

Bronze Zenith
Juried prize in the first fiction film competition.

Special Mention (First Fiction Film)

Public Award
Given: 2005-
Chosen by popular vote from different continental sections in the festival.

Public Prize for the Best Canadian Film
Given: 1998-
Chosen by popular vote from the canadian movies screened in the festival.

Public Prize for the Best African Film
Chosen by popular vote from the african movies screened in the festival.

Canadian Movie International Press Award
Given: 1978-1981
Chosen by the international press from the canadian movies screened in the festival.

Off-Competition Best Canadian Film
Given: 1986
Chosen by popular vote from the canadian movies not in competition.

Off-Competition Canadian Movie International Press Award
Given: 1982-1985
Chosen by the international press from the canadian movies not in the competition screened in the Festival.

Glauber Rocha Award
Given: 2002-

Best Latin-American Feature Film
Given: -2002

FIPRESCI Prize
Given: 1986-
1998: The jury appreciated Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht by 'Rakhshan Bani Etemad' for its courageous and well documented portrayal of women in contemporary Iran.
Chosen by vote from the movies screened at the Festival by the members of the Fédération internationale de la presse cinématographique (FIPRESCI).

FIPRESCI Prize - Special Distinction
Given: 1993, 1997

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Given: 1979-

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

Best Latin American Film

Best African Film

Special Mention of the Jury

Special Mention (Short Films)

Special Mention of the First Films Jury

Best Documentary

Most Popular Canadian Feature Film

Most Popular Film of the Festival

Freedom of Speech Award

Openness to the World Award

Excellence in Producing Award

FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention

Montréal First Film Prize - Special Mention

Most Promising Director Prize (Short Films)

Best Experimental Film

Norman McLaren Award

Jury Prize (Student Films)

Best Documentary Film (Student Films)

Best Experimental Film (Student Films)

Best Fiction Film (Student Films)

Special Mention (Student Films)

First Prize (Student Films)

Best Animation Film (Student Films)

Most Promising Director Prize (Student Films)

Best New Canadian Director (Student Films)