Programming at FNC is expansive and eclectic, divided among seven categories and comprised of more than 300 short and feature-length films. International films are eagerly encouraged to compete, and locally grown projects from across Canada mix it up in their own competitive category. There's even a competition exclusive to young filmmakers, and another that collects the most avant-garde, indescribable, and invigorating cinema from around the world.
For four decades, FNC has offered the kind of unpredictability, enthusiasm, and reward that keeps film lovers coming back for more. Last year's grand prize winner, Heli, earned its talented filmmaker (Amat Escalante) $15,000 CAD cash and worldwide visibility with which to promote, and profit from, his remarkable work. The film went on to win the Best Director prize at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d'Or.