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13th Israeli Film Festival
Friday, 03 June 2016
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is once again bringing some of Israel’s latest and spectacular cinema to Ottawa, in collaboration with the Israeli Cultural Forum, for the 13th Israeli Film Festival.

Every year, we are proud to present a selection of films that showcase Israel’s cinematic talents and this year is no exception. The film selection for this 13th annual edition includes award-winners and highly regarded filmmakers, with wide-reaching topics of intergenerational family relationships, thrilling crime drama, political documentary — and everyday life.

Opening the festival on Thursday, June 9th, is Laugh Lines (2015), the beautiful story of a widow finding a second lease on life by connecting with her granddaughter.

Then on Sunday, June 19th, you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat as Wounded Land (2015) places you in the centre of a group of police offers assigned to protect a suspect after a suicide bomber attack.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the documentary Rabin: In His Own Words (2015) will shed some light on a part of Israel’s past and the life of political figure Yitzhak Rabin: from his childhood and his political career to his assassination.

Finally, the award-winning Wedding Doll (2015), the story of an extraordinary young woman searching for independence and love, will close the festival on Sunday, June 26th.

All of the films will be shown at 7:00pm, on their respective days, at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre. Tickets are $13 (general admission) or $9 (CFI members, students, and seniors, with valid ID). Carleton students and staff can attend for free, just by presenting their ID card!

And parking? Just like at our recent Latin American Film Festival, we've teamed up with Carleton University to bring special weekday parking rates: on Thursday, June 9 and Thursday, June 23, stay at  Parking Garage P-9  for only $5. Permits can be purchased from our volunteers at the lot entrance starting at 6:00pm (cash only). As for Sunday evenings, simply park at any pay-and-display lot on campus — weekend parking rates of $4 apply.

Full festival line-up info, synopses, trailers, venue maps and other info can be found on the official webpage, here.
 
3rd EU Short Film Festival
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Want a free trip around Europe full of great food and experiencing the art and culture of many countries? (Don’t we all.) Sorry, we can’t send you to Europe, but we are once again pleased to present Europe to Ottawa with the 3rd European Union Short Film Festival.

For three nights this week, you can join us at Arts Court Theatre & Studio (2 Daly Ave., 2nd Floor) for a Tastes of Europe reception at 6:30pm, followed by a showcase screening of European short films at 7:00pm. Did we mention it was free? Yes, even the food. And if you missed this event last year when it was so popular that we ran out of seats, don't worry: Arts Court Theatre & Studio will have plenty of space.

Join us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (May 26-28) to see the entire menu we’ve put together from both prominent and emerging filmmakers. Get a taste of a variety of short film styles — drama, documentary, comedy, animation. We're serving them all up over three delicious themed evenings. (See what we did there?) (Because there will be food.) (Really tasty traditional European food.)

The full festival line-up can be found via the links below and on our website. Pick your favourite night, but come for all three. And while you could practice your European languages to prepare, all films will be presented with English subtitles.

See you there!
 
A Return to Canadian Independent Cinema
Thursday, 19 May 2016
We've been busy showing off so much of the world's cinema lately, it's probably time to return to our roots — with The Enlightened Screen. This latest installment of the ongoing film and guest artist series features two very talented Canadian filmmakers, Alan Zweig and Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

On Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00pm, acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig will present his film HURT (2015), which profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo. Fonyo's rise to fame — and fall from grace — is a remarkable story and Zweig has beautifully captured a portrait of a man who has much to tell. Alan Zweig, an award-winning filmmaker known for often using film to explore his own life, will be in attendance to introduce and discuss HURT in a post-film Q+A session.

Then, on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm, we welcome film director and editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld to present her newest film THE SAVER (2016). Carolsfeld, whose directorial debut MARION BRIDGE (2002) won Best First Feature at TIFF, and was recently in Ottawa to present her film STAY (2013) at the Irish Film Festival, will be back to discuss her experience in filming THE SAVER and her insight as an editor.

But wait! We're in a new venue for The Enlightened Screen — join us each night at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., 2nd Floor. (If you attended our Bright Nights Launch Party, you know the place.) Tickets will be sold at the door each night: $13 (general admission) or $9 (members, seniors, students). Find more information about the films and filmmakers — and other upcoming events such as the 3rd European Union Short Film Festival and the 13th Israeli Film Festivalin our Now Showing section.

We're really looking forward to sharing these incredible films (and filmmakers) with you. Enjoy!
 
Our Journey to Carleton
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Dear CFI Supporters,

Some people have been asking: why has the CFI moved much of its programming to the River Building Theatre at Carleton University? An explanation is likely overdue.

The answer is simple: as of 1 January 2015, fees charged to rent and use the facilities at 395 Wellington Street totaled close to $2,300.00 per evening. What was free for us for many years as programming partners of the LAC became completely unsustainable — multiply that cost by 18 days for our EU Film Festival, for example. Even more recently, costs have risen an additional 50% in order to present a film screening at the LAC Auditorium.

Our small, non-profit, non-governmental organization cannot possibly cover these fees, so we had no choice but to re-locate. All questions regarding these fees should be directed to Public Works and Government Services Canada officials. Having been there screening films since 1969, it was a difficult situation for us, but utterly impossible to sustain ourselves there given the increased costs. To quote the great Canadian film by Bruce McDonald, Hard Core Logo (1996), it was either "move or die."

That said, we are thrilled to be in a modern new venue with state-of-the-art sound and image technology far superior to our old home. Also, the fact that Carleton University has a Film Studies department makes our presence on campus appropriate, as a major part of the Canadian Film Institute mandate is pubic education about the moving image.

The Canadian Film Institute relies on your continued support to make our public programming activities happen, so we hope you will make the journey to the beautiful and technically superior River Building Theatre, 43 Campus Avenue, Carleton University. For those who haven't yet visited, we promise that it is worth the new journey.

Bon cinema!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute

P.S.: You can find more info about the Auditorium hand-off from Library and Archives to Public Works in this archived Ottawa Citizen article from 2011.
 
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