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Quebec Revenue Department targets Montreal World Film Festival for unpaid taxes

Last Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm MDT

Montreal World Film Festival president Serge Losique announces films for this year’s festival, which begins Aug. 25, during a news conference Tuesday August 8, 2000, in Montreal. The fate of the long-beleaguered Montreal World Film Festival is unclear as Quebec's Revenue Department targets it and its founder for unpaid taxes. Revenu Quebec filed a motion today in court seeking an injunction to prevent the 42nd edition of the festival from going ahead because Serge Losique owes back taxes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – The fate of the long-beleaguered Montreal World Film Festival is unclear as Quebec’s Revenue Department targets the event and its founder for unpaid taxes.

Revenu Quebec filed a motion in court on Thursday seeking an injunction to prevent the 42nd edition of the festival from going ahead because Serge Losique owes back taxes.

The festival is scheduled to open Aug. 23 and the court has given Losique until Aug. 1 to pay an initial $32,000.

Losique told the court he would respond to the order by the deadline.

Authorities say a total of nearly $500,000 is owed in back taxes.

For years the festival has been under pressure after losing sponsors as well as significance in the international film community.

In 2016, many employees resigned, citing Losique’s “incompetent leadership.”

(Cogeco Nouvelles)

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