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Farewell 2014... Onward, Octogenarian!
Friday, 19 December 2014
To all of our CFI supporters,
Thank you all so much for a wonderful 2014, which featuring many magical nights with marvelous films, guest film artists, and record attendance levels at all our film festivals. The success of these events and our organization is a result of your passion for the best of Canadian and international cinema. We are grateful for your support.
In 2015 (the CFI's 80th anniversary year!), we will continue to work hard to bring the best of world cinema to you. We will also be heading to a new and exciting venue at Carleton University: the 388-seat River Building Theatre. Details to come in early January.
For now, all of us at the Canadian Film Institute wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.
See you next year!
Warm regards,
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Jerrett Zaroski

Michael Peterson
Sponsorship Coordinator
The Transformable Moment
Monday, 01 December 2014
Café Ex returns on Thursday, December 4th, as the Canadian Film Institute welcomes Toronto-based filmmaker Stephen Broomer to present a collection of his experimental films, followed by an in-depth discussion with the audience at Ottawa's Club SAW.

One of Canada's most prominent experimental filmmakers, Stephen is also a film preservationist. His evocative, tonal films have featured at numerous festivals including TIFF Wavelengths, Views from the Avant-Garde, and the Berlin Directors Lounge.

Join us this Thursday at 7pm, as Stephen showcases his work and answers your questions over drinks at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street. Admission is "pay-what-you-can". The evening will also feature the launch of the CFI's latest publication, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer. All attendees will be entered in to win a signed copy of the book – donate "what-you-can" now for an extra chance to win!

If you would like to pay in advance, donate here. For more info about the event and Stephen Broomer, be sure to check out the event page here, or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
500th EUFF Film This Sunday!
Thursday, 20 November 2014
This Sunday, November 23rd, the European Union Film Festival will be presenting its 500th film!

To celebrate this special occasion, door prizes will be given away before the film, including Canadian Film Institute and European Union themed gifts, 5-film Passports for this year's EUFF, and gifts from Embassies and sponsors!

Simply buy a ticket and attend the Slovenian film "CHEFURS RAUS!" on Sunday, November 23rd at 7:00pm and you'll be entered into the draw.

See you there!
29th European Union Film Festival
Monday, 10 November 2014
Starting this Thursday, November 13th, you can take a tour of the European Union with the silver screen: 27 films and 23 languages over 18 days!

Each evening of the 29th European Union Film Festival will be introduced by EU Member State Ambassadors, exclusive video greetings from filmmakers, or by special guests. Many nights are followed by complimentary Embassy receptions for all audience members. All of the films shown are Ottawa premieres, presented at the Auditorium of 395 Wellington St., Ottawa (Library and Archives Canada building).

This year's edition has it all: substance, style, and incredible variety. Everything from romantic comedy to historical drama to edgy documentary to an animated feature film. The range is amazing! We're so pleased with this year's selection, drawn from films that have played at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Toronto, and Venice.

We're also thrilled to have two guest filmmakers attending the Festival to present their films! Slovak director, Jonáš Karásek (The Candidate) and Latvian-American animator, Signe Baumane (Rocks in My Pockets) are coming to Ottawa to introduce and answer questions about their films.

Tickets are $8.00 for CFI Members, seniors, and students, and $12.00 for everyone else. Avid cinema fan? If you buy an annual membership ($15.00), you'll be eligible for the 5-Film Passport (only $35.00) and save on all our films and festivals, all year.

New this year: skip the long lines and purchase your tickets in advance! Use the button on each film page or click here to buy your tickets, memberships, and 5-Film Passports via Uniiverse days before. Simply pick them up at the door when you arrive! Rush tickets are available at the box office each night.

Visit the EUFF 2014 Event Page to find out more about this year's lineup, and for further ticket and membership info, as well as our official trailer. Be sure to check out our sponsors while you're there! This event would not be possible without their generosity and support, and we thank them for everything they've done to bring you another great edition of the EUFF.

Bon cinéma!
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