Cinemania 2017: Food, Film, and Conversation in Montreal Nov 2 – Nov 5, 2017

Steep yourself in contemporary French film, participate in stimulating film conversations, look with an insider’s view at the film-making process—and savor some of Montreal’s best food in the company of film scholars Rick Winston and Andrea Serota (formerly of the Savoy Theater and the Green Mountain Film Festival).

Since its inception in 1995, the CINEMANIA Film Festival has presented audiences with French-language films of excellence and originality. All films are subtitled in English.

We’re delighted to lead a group of film-lovers to Cinemania for the 6th year in a row! Praise for our previous Cinemania Montreal tours:

The itinerary exceeded expectations.

Our conversations always enhanced the films, and gave me fresh perspectives.

The time we spent in conversation with special guests was a highlight of the trip.

Films were high quality. It certainly adds value that many of them won’t be released here.

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What’s Included
• Tickets to six films at the amazing Imperial Cinema, including the opening night gala, and options for additional films.

• Focused film conversations, where we’ll talk in depth about what we’ve seen. Rick and Andrea will provide background on the films and facilitate discussions, with a special session providing the wide-ranging influence of French film on world cinema.

• Private meeting with Montreal film critic Mathew Hayes.

• Two delicious dinners, where we’ll engage in more conversation, and several optional get-togethers to share perspectives over the course of the festival.

• We’ll recommend lodging near the Imperial, and help you get additional film tickets. We’ll also suggest lunch spots nearby, and Montreal activities and addresses for free time.

• Carpooling from central Vermont is a possibility, and we’ll be glad to help facilitate carpooling for those from Vermont.

Our final itinerary will be determined in October, once the festival schedule is announced.

See our 2016 itinerary.

Download this year’s registration form.

Please note:
• An enhanced US drivers license or a US passport is required for Americans.

• Walking between the hotel, theater and restaurants will include cobbled pavement and stairs. If you’re not accustomed to walking, we encourage you to begin walking on a regular basis now. This preparation will increase your stamina in Montreal—meaning you’ll enjoy the experience that much more.

• While the festival was created for English speakers, and all films are subtitled in English, speaking French is an advantage.

Not included
• Lodging, breakfast, lunch, one dinner, personal expenses, passports.

Cost and registration details
Cost is $450 per person if registered before Sept 10. After Sept 10, price is $475. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and we expect this trip to fill quickly. Minimum group size is 10; maximum is 12. Please send check and completed registration form to Karen Kane, Paris by Design, 200 Hammett Hill Rd, E Montpelier, VT 05651.

Full payment is required to reserve your place in Cinemania 2017: Food, Film and Conversation in Montreal.

If you have questions about logistics, lodging, or our itinerary, contact Karen at 802 445-8770, or

For questions about film, contact Rick and Andrea at 802 454-7103 or

See our 2016 itinerary (this year’s schedule TBD at the end of October)

Download a 2017 registration form

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More about the Cinemania Film Festival, from their website: CINEMANIA is the annual rendez-vous of cinephiles to discover quality feature films judiciously selected from over 120 films viewed annually by its professional team of programmers. Many of the greatest names of French cinema as well as young up-and-coming talents are featured at the festival.

CINEMANIA is the venue where the latest works of Costa-Gavras, Desplechin, Techine, Klapisch, Kahn, Leconte, Guediguian, Becker, Tavernier, Nicole Garcia and Anne Fontaine are screened, while new discoveries like Radu Mihaileanu, Maiwenn, Pierre Schoeller, Stéphane Carpiaux get their initial jumpstarts in North America.

CINEMANIA has grown from modest beginnings at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts into an internationally recognized event at the Imperial Cinema, one of the largest dedicated French-language feature film festivals in the world solely devoted to premieres in North America, Canada, or Quebec. Its large-screen format, always in 35mm, and comfortable seating in the historic and majestic Imperial Cinema, make CINEMANIA an eagerly anticipated special event in Montreal’s annual cultural calendar.