Spotlight on cultural commitment
On the occasion of its 40th edition in March 2022, the International Festival of Films on Art has inaugurated a new award, the Tribute award.
Le FIFA Tribute award recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution to the field of art and art film. It is a reward for hard work, dedication and long-term success. The FIFA Tribute Award is intended to honor the achievement of the individual or organization, and to express sincere gratitude for their contribution to the art film community.
FIFA 41 — 2023
Beirut Art Film Festival
The award was received by Alice Mogabgab, director of the Beirut Art Film Festival.
“It was in Montréal, in March 2014, that I discovered Le FIFA and its panoply of films on art. For ten days, I was drawn in, overwhelmed, shaken, but above all enchanted by the magical medium of film and the relevant views of extraordinary directors. For ten days, in theatre after theatre, I drank in documentaries and discussions, nourished by the sublime expression of the human condition: art. This intense, dazzling time made me think of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale, Alice in Wonderland. I was to take the wonders revealed in Montréal back to Beirut with me, with the firm desire to share this memorable cultural experience.”
FIFA 40 — 2022
Founder of the International Festival of Films on Art (Le FIFA)
“I am very honoured to be honoured today. I’d like to thank Le FIFA for thinking of me as the first recipient of this distinction, which will be awarded annually. As the founder of this festival, which I have been at the helm of for 34 years, I am particularly moved by this recognition. Above all, I am delighted that Le FIFA has continued on its admirable path, now celebrating 40 years of existence. I’m very impressed by the courage and tenacity of its director, Philippe del Drago, and his team, who, despite the pandemic and against all odds, have managed to keep the festival going strong, and I’m delighted to see that the torch is still burning brightly. Reassured that the future of this exceptional cultural event is in good hands, I wish Le FIFA every success in maintaining its prestigious status, presenting the world’s finest art films to the public. Long live Le FIFA!”