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The uOttawa Human Rights Film Festival tackles some of the world's most pressing issues: October 2 - 5
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Human Rights Film Festival Illuminates the Screen
Monday, 29 September 2014
We are excited to be once again working with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre to present the 2nd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival!

Starting this Thursday, October 2nd and ending Sunday, October 5th, the festival welcomes six international documentaries and fiction films highlighting compelling human rights issues including disability, depression, trauma caused by war crimes, violence against women, political conflict and forced displacement.

All films are followed by opportunities for discussion with special guests, academics — and at the powerful, intimate documentary El Huaso, filmmaker Carlo Guillermo Proto will be in attendance to talk about his film.

For those who want to learn more about turning ideas into action, make sure to pre-register for the seminar entitled Bearing Witness to Injustices, October 4th at 2:00pm. We are teaming up with our friends at SAW Video to present this free, informative workshop on the legal context of activist cinema. Contact them to register at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Screenings are held at the Alumni Auditorium on uOttawa campus. Tickets are $5 each for CFI Members and full-time students, or $10 for everyone else, and can be purchased in advance from each film's webpage. Full festival passes ($20 discounted, $40 full price) are also available.

This is a great line-up of strong and important films — and many are presented in both English and French — so we encourage you to check out the links on the official Festival webpage for synopses, trailers, and more!
 
Launch of the 2014 - 2015 Season
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Dear CFI Supporters:
 
After our three special outdoor screening events this August (two at Rideau Hall and one at City Hall), we're ready to launch the 2014-2015 programming season. Our season is dedicated to the memory of Professor Peter Harcourt, one of Canada's greatest film scholars and Ottawa resident, who passed away on July 3rd.
 
There are lots of exciting, entertaining, electrifying, and eclectic cinematic experiences headed your way. First up is our Ottawa International Animation Festival, which animates various venues across the city from September 17- 21.
 
Our 2nd annual University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival takes place from October 2 to 5 at the Alumni Auditorium at U of O, and will feature guest speakers, filmmakers, and special events related to the how film is used to promote human rights awareness.
 
What else? Plenty! Here's just a few examples:
 
• Café Ex returns for its 18th season on October 23rd at Club SAW, featuring the astonishing works of moving image-making team of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby;
 
• our 32nd annual Japan Film Festival will take place October 24 and 25 in a new venue for the Canadian Film Institute, the new and deluxe River Building Theatre at Carleton University;
 
• the 29th European Union Film Festival will show the best of contemporary filmmaking from across the European Union from November 13 to November 30 in the Auditorium of the Library and Archives Canada building, 395 Wellington Street.
 
All this, and much more to come! Keep checking in here for updates, and please encourage your friends to come and experience the Canadian Film Institute's permanent film festival zone.
 
Bon cinéma!
 
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute
 
Jerrett Zaroski
Programmer
Canadian Film Institute
 
August is Upon Us
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Dear CFI Supporters,
 
And so, suddenly July is gone and August is upon us.
 
If you've been missing Canadian Film Institute programming, as we hope you have been, we have good news: two free public screening events are coming in August.
 
The Canadian Film Institute is proud to be involved in the programming of two very special outdoor screenings on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General of Canada's Official Residence:
 
August 17: THE GRAND SEDUCTION (dir. Don McKellar, 2013), presented in English (rain date: August 18.)
 
CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley will host THE GRAND SEDUCTION screening event, which will feature McSorley doing an onstage interview with the film's director (also a noted writer and actor), Don McKellar, who will be in Ottawa to attend this special screening.
 
August 19: LOUIS CYR: L'HOMME PLUS FORT DE MONDE (dir. Daniel Roby, 2013), presented in French (rain date: August 20.)
 
For all the details, visit rideauhallmovienights.gg.ca
 
 
 
On the occasion of its 79th anniversary of incorporation (26 August 1935), the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) presents an evening of the best of local and national Canadian film production. Presented in association with the City of Ottawa, CUPE 503, and the Ottawa International Film Festival.
 
We will present a short selection of recent Canadian animation, in anticipation of our 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival, and the landmark Canadian silent feature film, BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY (1919). The evening’s screenings will begin with a selection of four local short films by Ottawa’s own filmmaking co-op, the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO).
 
Free Admission! Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, screening starts at 20:00

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We look forward to seeing you at these excellent, and fun, outdoor free screenings, but we also look forward to starting our 2014-2015 season!

Watch for details of our forthcoming series, which will include the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival (September 17-21), 2nd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival (October 2-5), the 17th annual Café Ex experimental film series at Club SAW (October 23 and December 4), the 31st Japan Film Festival (October 24-25), and the 29th European Union Film Festival (November 13-30).

See you in August under the stars for great Canadian movies! And stay tuned for more CFI news and updates. There will be plenty.
 
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
 
Jerrett Zaroski
Programmer
 
In Memoriam: Peter Harcourt
Monday, 14 July 2014
On July 3rd, 2014, Canada lost one of its greatest intellects, and Canadian cinema culture lost its most passionate, articulate, inspirational champion. Peter Harcourt (1931-2014) was a supremely gifted writer, teacher, and commentator on Canadian cinema specifically and Canadian culture generally.

Everyone involved in Canadian cinema owes a great deal to him. We who work in the field of presenting Canadian film stand on his considerable shoulders and we will continue Peter’s extraordinary legacy by lifting others up onto our own modest ones.

To honour the enormous contributions of this man to film culture in Canada, the Canadian Film Institute will dedicate its 2014-2015 programming season to the memory of Peter Harcourt.

Thank you, Peter. We miss you.

In admiration and with gratitude,
Tom

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute

Peter Harcourt
Photo credit: Lois Siegel
 
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