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The Latin American Film Festival returns to Ottawa, April 26 - May 13!
Monday, 03 April 2017
Back again for another year, the Latin American Film Festival is back!

Created in 1997, the goal of the Latin American Film Festival has always been to increase the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Latin American cinema in Canada's capital. Over the first 20 years of programming and organizing this public festival, in collaboration with our generous partners at the GRULA (the group of Latin American embassies accredited by the Government of Canada), we have presented 265 Ottawa premieres of Latin American films, welcomed over 20 visiting filmmakers, and attracted close to 60,000 spectators.

The Latin American Film Festival is now one Ottawa's most eagerly anticipated annual cultural events. This is due to the energy of the Latin American embassies and staff, our festival sponsors, our volunteers, and you, the generous public who come to the screenings to explore the incredible richness, diversity, and artistry of Latin American cinema. The event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, gleaned from the screens of such festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Chicago to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America.

¡FIESTA LATINA! - wednesday, April 12

Introduced in 2014 and back again for 2017, the Canadian Film Institute is thrilled to announce the return of ¡Fiesta Latina!

With the generous support of GRULA, we are proud to open this year's 21st Latin American Film Festival with an evening of art, music, dance, food, and drink in celebration of the varied and exuberant culture of Latin America! On Wednesday, April 12th, join us at Arts Court for ¡Fiesta Latina! and enjoy a wide variety of fare and fun organized by the Canadian Film Institute and provided by Ottawa's own Latin American community.

¡Fiesta Latina! will begin at 7:00pm and run into the night, so stop by anytime!

The full schedule of screenings and events will be posted shortly.
In the meantime, spread the word!

Passes are now on sale! The full film program as well as individual tickets will be available soon.
Guy Maddin is coming to Ottawa!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Friday, 03 March 2017
March is a month of guest filmmakers at the CFI!
Coming up first on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30PM is the next entry in our Café Ex: Experimental Film series: The Films of Dave Johnson

Ottawa independent moving image-maker Dave Johnson has produced a number of poetic, daring experimental films. He has worked as a videographer, assistant director, sound FX engineer, and is an award-winning location sound recorder! Johnson developed and taught Introduction to Alternative Cinema at the Flinders University of South Australia. Most recently, Johnson has worked as the Technical Director at the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa , and as a freelance sound designer. Currently an active member of the Windows Film Collective, he is also a lecturer on ‘Time Based Art’ at the University of Ottawa, and a producer at SDC video.

Dave Johnson will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is "pay-what-you-can", no tickets required.

Café Ex is an engaging and interactive experience that features artist-curated screenings and discussion with experimental filmmakers in the intimate back environment of Club SAW.

Save the date: March 30 - April 1, Guy Maddin comes to Ottawa!

The Canadian Film Institute’s Canadian Masters series is an annual celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring extensive onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history. We are honoured to present a true Canadian master of the moving image: Guy Maddin.

Guy Maddin will be visiting Ottawa between March 30 - April 1 to participate in an onstage interview as well as to screen one of his films!

More details, including specific event times and ticket sales, are forthcoming. Stay tuned- we'll have more information for you next week. In the meantime, we reccomend you read up on Guy Maddin and his impressive career. It's hard not to get excited about the opportunity to see- and maybe even and meet- a Canadian Master.

Thank you, and we'll see you at the movies!
Week 2 of Bright Nights!
Friday, 17 February 2017
Bright Nights: the Baltic Nordic Film Festival continues this weekend, bringing you a mixed bag of fantastic film from across the Atlantic! On February 17th and 18th, come see four Ottawa premieres presented in partnership with the embassies of Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, and Finland!

If you were at our launch party, check this picture out and see if you can spot yourself!

Where is it being held?

Each of this year's screenings will take place at Carleton University's gorgeous Richcraft Hall, located at 9376 University Dr., at the corner of University and Campus Ave.

How do I get there?

Getting to the venue is a breeze! Carleton University is easily accessible by OCTranspo bus routes #4 and #7. If you are coming by the Transitway, take any O-Train to the 'Carleton' stop, then it's a mere two minute walk South to Richcraft Hall.

Note: If you are driving to the Festival, avoid the cold and park inside: Richcraft Hall has a parking garage in its basement (P16). It may not be free, but it is warm! Simply park and ride the elevator up to the Theatre!

Additional parking is available nearby in lot P-9 around the corner — just look for the green or white "P" signs.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available both online and at the box office, and admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, students, and seniors.

To purchase tickets online, navigate to the appropriate film's page on our website. All films are listed below.

Don't want to buy online? No problem; the CFI box office opens 30 minutes before each screening right outside the theatre.

Can't wait! What's playing this weekend?

Set in the early 1960s, the unlikely hero of the award-winning Dawn (Latvia, Feb 17, 7:00PM) is Janis, a Young Pioneer living on a farm commune in Soviet-occupied Latvia. Indoctrinated to believe in the utopia promised by communism, Janis betrays his drunken, murderous father to the authorities. His actions will soon have strange and tragic consequences.

Kids will love Lotte and the Moonstone Secret (Estonia, Feb 18, 2:00PM), an exciting animated film in which plucky young Lotte embarks on an adventure with her uncle Klaus to solve the mystery of three magical stones. Animated fun for the whole family! Kids 12 and under get in for only $6!

Long Story Short (Denmark, Feb 18, 4:00PM) is the story of Ellen, her friends, and their more or less self-inflicted complications of love and longing for romantic redemption. The story is a summary of three years of love-related highs and lows for the group, told through eight chapters, each of them set at a party. An ensemble drama-comedy about a group of people struggling with how to realize their dreams of the perfect relationship and true love.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Finland, Feb 18, 7:00PM) is an underdog story shot in black and white, the film centres on Mäki's historic fight in with American boxing champion Davey Moore. This debut feature from director Ricardas Marcinkus won top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Click here for general information about the Bright Nights Film Festival!

See you there!

Laila Pakalnina  •  Latvia  •  2015  •  96 min
Friday, February 17, 2017, 7:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Latvian, English sub-titles
Heiki Ernits, Janno Poldma  •  Estonia  •  2011  •  75 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
May el-Toukhy   •  Denmark  •  2015  •  100 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Danish, German, English sub-titles
Juho Kuosmanen  •  Finland  •  2016  •  92 min
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:00 pm, River Building Theatre, Carleton University
Finnish, English sub-titles


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