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Monday, 12 June 2017
Do you have footage of your great aunt marching on Parliament Hill or your grandfather feeding geese at Strathcona Park? Were you a student in the 60's who documented your friend’s adventures on campus and at the ByWard market? Do you have rare footage of a since changed neighbourhood, or recordings of ceremonies from days-gone-by? Did you record an amazing family picnic last summer at Britannia Beach? Great! We want to see it! 



 
Upcoming events
Thursday, 18 May 2017
14th Annual Israeli Film Festival  *click here*

This year’s Israeli Film Festival will take place from June 8th to the 22nd at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Theatre. We are presenting a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, and documentary. The viewings start at 7pm. 

Thursday June 8: Past Life. 
After being angrily confronted by a woman who knew her father in WWII Poland, Stephi teams up with her sister to uncover secrets from his past. This suspenseful drama is based on true events and is permeated with the challenges of living with the burden of history and past traumas. 

Sunday June 11th: Bar Bahar (In Between): 
Nour, a new girl from the countryside struggles to adapt when she moves to Tel Aviv with best friends Laila and Salma. Instead of clashing, these three Palestinian women form a bond and share the challenges of living contemporary lives in a society that imposes traditional and gendered values upon them. 

Thursday, June 15: Ben Gurion, Epilogue.
This short feature that falls somewhere between a documentary and a historical document, was pieced together from 6 hours of footage filmed in 1968 as research for a film on Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. Ben-Gurion speaks of various topics from his childhood, to his career, to his vision for the future of Israel. 

Thursday, June 22, this year’s comedy: IsmachHatani (The Women’s Balcony).
After the collapse of the woman’s balcony during a bar mitzvah, the congregation’s elderly rabbi takes a much needed leave. A strict young rabbi steps in to help, but the community’s women rebel against him and their husbands when the plans to rebuild the balcony are nixed and rigid gender roles are pushed upon them.


Underground: The Story of the Funnel Film Collective Book Launch *click here *

Help us celebrate this CFI publication on May 31st, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the Independent Filmmaker’s Co-operative (IFCO) at Arts Court, Suite 140. 
UNDERGROUND is a history of The Funnel, a Toronto-based underground film collective active in the 70s and 80s, told through a collection of oral histories from the people who were part of the scene.This event will feature a screening of selected films produced by Funnel members, as well as a video message from the book's author and editor, renowned experimental filmmaker, Mike Hoolboom.  Food and drinks will be available during the event. 


4th Annual EU Short Film Festival and Festival and Tastes of Europe *click here *

Join us for an eclectic and engaging presentation of 22 short films from the 22 Member States of the European Union.  This year’s festival takes place from June 2nd to the 4th at the Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave. Entry is free, doors open at 6.30pm, and the audience is invited to sample food and drinks presented by Tastes of Europe. The screenings start at 7pm.  

These short features range from drama, comedy, documentary, to animation, and are presented under the following themes: 

Friday, June 2: Seeing is believing.   
A selection of diverse films that question how we see and what we see. This screening is not suitable for children.

Saturday June 3: Generations of Love.   
There are many forms of and stories about love; here are some of them. This screening is not suitable for children.   

Saturday, June 4: Playtime.   
The joy and magic, and sometimes the risk, of play. This screening is suitable for ages 10 and up.    


 
MARCH: GUEST ARTISTS GALORE!
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
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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!
 
This Weekend at Bright Nights!
Thursday, 09 February 2017
It's finally here!

The 7th annual edition of Bright Nights: the Baltic Nordic Film Festival kicks off this weekend! Between February 10th and 18th, see eight films — never before seen in Ottawa — from across the Atlantic: Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, and Norway.

Consider this your one stop survival guide for everything to do with the Festival.

Where is it being held?

Each of this year's screenings will take place at Carleton University's gorgeous Richcraft Hall (formerly known as the River Building), featuring high definition projection and comfy seats. Richcraft Hall is 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.

Want to see everything? Full Festival passes are available for $40, for CFI members only.

Not a member? Save $50 over the course of the Festival by signing up and purchasing a pass!

To purchase tickets online in advance, simply go 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.

Fantastic! What's playing this weekend?

Glad you asked! Click for full event details

See you at the Festival!

 
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