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The End of our 79th Season
Friday, 03 July 2015
Dear Canadian Film Institute Supporters,
 
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who supported the Canadian Film Institute’s many public film programming activities. Your support is both essential and gratifying to all of us here at Canada’s oldest non-profit, non-governmental cultural organization dedicated to cinema.
 
Our very busy 2014-2015 programming season ended two weeks ago with our Enlightened Screen event with Brandon Cronenberg. It was quite a year, beginning way back in late August with Rideau Hall Movie Nights outdoor screenings on the lawn of Governor General of Canada’s residence, followed by another outdoor film showing at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall on the CFI’s 79th birthday, August 26, 2014.  
 
Since then, with our many film festivals and series (Café Ex, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Festival Japan, uOttawa Human Rights Film Festival, European Union Film Festival, Baltic-Nordic Film Festival, Latin American Film Festival, DiverCiné, Portuguese Language Film Festival, Israeli Film Festival, The Enlightened Screen, et al), some held at impressive new venues, we’ve attracted over 45,000 people to this rich array of Canadian and international cinema.
 
We look forward to your continued support as we enter our 80th anniversary year! There will be plenty to celebrate, including the 30th European Union Film Festival in November, 20th Latin American Film Festival next spring, and the 40th anniversary of our Ottawa International Animation Festival in the fall of 2016.
 
Throughout the year, the Canadian Film Institute will be hosting special fundraising events and screenings to help us continue to bring you the best of Canadian and international films and filmmakers.
 
Have a wonderful summer, and stay tuned for some exciting announcements. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
 
Jerrett Zaroski
Programmer
 
ANTIVIRAL Recap
Monday, 22 June 2015
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for The Enlightened Screen to meet Brandon Cronenberg, see his feature debut ANTIVIRAL, catch some amazing music videos, and take part in the Q+A! Of course, a big thank you to Brandon for coming out and making it all possible!

If you missed it, Jith Paul of Ottawa Indie Fest shot the whole event and produced a great video of the experience, which you can catch below:

 
Carleton University Gets INFECTED... with Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral!
Monday, 15 June 2015
To close our 79th season, we at the Canadian Film Institute are pleased to announce that Canadian filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg will present his 2012 sci-fi drama Antiviral at our latest edition of The Enlightened Screen series at Carleton University's River Building Theatre. The event will take place on Saturday, June 20th beginning at 7:00 pm. Brandon Cronenberg, son of acclaimed film director David Cronenberg, will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A with the audience following the presentation.

Antiviral is set in an alternate, slightly futuristic version of Toronto, in a society where celebrity illnesses are sold to obsessed fans. The film stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, 2011) as Syd March, an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, played by Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, 2012; and Maps to the Stars, 2014, both directed by David Cronenberg), Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must also unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

Tickets are available online via our website, and will be sold at the box office 30-minutes before the scheduled show time. General admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, seniors (65+) and students. For more information about the event, or to purchase your tickets in advance, check out the event page here.

We hope to see you there!
 
12th Israeli Film Festival
Tuesday, 02 June 2015
Another Festival has arrived! We at the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with our friends at the Israeli Cultural Forum (Soloway Jewish Community Centre, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, the Embassy of Israel in Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation) are pleased to announce the arrival of the 12th Israeli Film Festival. The four-film event kicks off this Thursday, June 4th at Carleton University's River Building Theatre and runs on select dates until June 14th.

As you may know, the 12th Israeli Film Festival is a popular celebration of Israeli cinema, and we couldn't be more pleased with this year's line-up of films.

The Festival opens with Dancing Arabs, a 2014 drama by acclaimed director Eran Riklis (Zaytoun, 2012; The Human Resources Manager, 2010; Lemon Tree, 2008; and The Syrian Bride, 2004). Following on June 7th is Apples From the Desert (2014), directed by Arik Lubetzky and Matt Harari. Above and Beyond (2015), a stirring documentary directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, 2008) premieres on June 11th. And finally, Nissim Dayan's The Dove Flyer (2014) closes the Festival on June 14th. Visit our official page for film synopses, trailers and more!

All screenings will be presented at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre (43 Campus Ave. at the corner of University Dr.) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now available online and will also be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before scheduled show times. Tickets are $13 for general admission, or $9 for CFI Members, seniors, students, and members of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. For complete Festival details, including ticket and venue information, click here.

We hope to see you at one or more — or all! — of this year's Israeli Film Festival screenings. We encourage you to share the event with your friends and family, and to stay connected with us by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you!
 
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