The Mediterranean Film Festival was founded in 1979 by the enthusiasts running Ciné-club Jean-Vigo, a Montpellier film club that has been extremely active since the mid-1950s. Initially called 'Rencontres avec le cinéma méditerranéen', the event became the 'Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier' (Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film) in 1989. It has included a competition section since then.

The Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film has a cultural purpose consisting of knowledge of the cinema of the Mediterranean zone, the Black Sea, Portugal and Armenia. In a spirit of tolerance, it enhances discussion, seminars and studies on the common components that link these cinemas.

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