Created in 1984, the “Love International Film Festival” comes from an original idea that made it a dazzling success at the time, like love at first sight: to place love in cinema at the center of its programming. This positioning allowed it to become an unmissable film event in French-speaking Belgium and to gradually find its place among European film festivals.
Over the decades, the festival has always endeavored to promote cultural exceptionalism by highlighting original films and authors from all over the world in a diversified program aimed at all generations and in which quality and the pleasure of cinema come together.
Despite the troubles caused by the pandemic in recent years, the Mons Festival has continued to optimize its organization which was relaunched in 2019 while offering a rich selection of films and numerous screenings in the presence of well-known and recognized guests. Among them: Yolande Moreau, Costa-Gavras, Abel F errara, Noémie Merlant, Aurélie Saada, Jonathan Cohen, Laurent Cantet, Bouli Lanners, Richard Anconina, Michael Radford, Déborah François or Jaco Van Dormael.
The festival has recently relocated to the city center of Mons with the reopening of the Plaza cinema, which has expanded the range of screenings and activities offered during the week of the event at Imagix Mons.
Anchored in its region and the whole city, Walloon Capital of Culture and European Capital of Culture in 2015, the festival is once again fully a space of conviviality and cinematographic discoveries.
In this positive dynamic, at the dawn of its 38th edition (March 10-18, 2023), the festival continues to renew itself by changing its name and visual identity.
The “Love International Film Festival” (LIFF) of Mons thus brings back to the forefront its cinema theme and its singularity. An update that combines its international dimension, its great history, and its renewal in a unique festival concept that explores Love in cinema, the diversity of love, and human relationships of our time.