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#BNFF16 Launch Party + Café Ex with Sarah Abbott
Tuesday, 02 February 2016
As we’ve mentioned, we’re trying something different this year to launch the Bright Nights festival, and we think it’s going to be pretty rad.

First of all, it’s a full-on party/fundraiser for our upcoming Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. In fact, we’ve got quite a few special treats for you. We’ve put together a night of film, music, food and drink. That’s just how we are. (You’re welcome.)

Check it out: local Ottawa band Orienteers will perform live to Danish silent film THE ABYSS (1910). Before and after the performance, we’ll have free snacks, samples of Baltic-Nordic liqueurs/spirits, cash bar, the best Baltic-Nordic tunes playing, and a combo silent/fishbowl auction where you’ll have a chance to win some really neat prizes — and show off how cultured you are to your friends with your winnings. Prizes are generously provided by our friends at the Baltic-Nordic embassies, and other sponsors and partners, like Bridgehead Coffee.

It all goes down on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm at Arts Court Building (2 Daly Ave) in the Black Box Studio and Arts Court Theatre.

Tickets are $5 in advance / $8 at the door and already on sale online. And don’t forget, it’s a fundraiser! Come out and help us make Bright Nights bigger and better! Use #BNFF16 to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

More info available on the Launch Party page.

CAFÉ EX: THE FILMS OF SARAH ABBOTT

Ready to expand your film palate? Well, put your thinking cap on and come out for some experimental film at Café Ex. Now in its eighteenth season, our intimate and interactive Canadian visiting artist series is an art gallery for the moving image.

On Thursday, February 4th – at 7:00pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. – Canadian filmmaker Sarah Abbott engages the audience in issues of human rights, ethics, being, and the environment. (All the best topics, really.) Grab a drink and take advantage of the opportunity to ask Sarah Abbott your questions. Admission is "pay-what-you-can". More info can be found on the event page HERE.

Hope to see you there!
 
Look Out, 2016!
Monday, 11 January 2016
The FencerWell, 2015 is over, but we have some unfinished business to take care of. Before we close the door on the 30th anniversary of the European Union Film Festival, we know that many of you have been wondering about the Audience Award results.

It was a very close race, but in the end, the winner of the very first EUFF Audience Award is The Fencer (Estonia). Did you miss it? This incredibly moving film is nominated for a Golden Globe and has been short-listed for an Academy Award, so there's a good chance it could return to Ottawa very soon. Congratulations to everyone who worked on the film, especially Finnish director Klaus Härö, who will be receiving the Award plaque on behalf of the film. Congrats also go out to local film fan Natalie, winner of the public draw for the CFI Ambassador Membership. She now gets free access to our festivals and films all year. Not a bad deal, we think.

BRIGHT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Bright Nights 2016 PosterSo what do we have for you in 2016? How about some more talent from Estonia and Finland — and the rest of the Baltic and Nordic nations? We start 2016 with the return of the Bright Nights Film Festival: eight contemporary, eclectic films presented at Carleton University's River Building Theatre from February 12 - 21st.

To sweeten the deal, we have some bonus events planned:

GOVERNOR GENERAL'S WINTER CELEBRATION
Second only to Winterlude, the Governor General's Winter Celebration has become one of the most popular winter events in Ottawa. This free, family event is held at Rideau Hall on January 16, and features horse-wagon rides, dog sled races, seasonal treats, and plenty more.

We'll be there at the Embassy Village, serving Bridgehead Coffee and selling advance tickets for Bright Nights. Stop by between 12:30pm and 4:00pm and say hi!
Bright Nights Film Festival Launch Party
#BNFF16 LAUNCH PARTY
To kick off the festival, we're holding a special film event at Arts Court on Wednesday, February 3rd: the Bright Nights Film Festival Launch Party. For only $5 in advance (or $8 at the door), you can sample Baltic and Nordic spirits and food, then watch a special presentation of a classic Danish silent film with live soundtrack performed by Ottawa's own Orienteers. Stay afterwards for a reception, enjoy the cash bar, win prizes, rub elbows with diplomats, and learn more about the Bright Nights films. Tickets go on sale via our website soon, or buy them in advance at the GG's Winter Celebration on January 16th.

CAFÉ EX, FEATURING SARAH ABBOTT
The day after the Bright Nights Launch Party, we welcome filmmaker Sarah Abbott to our newest installment of Café Ex,Café Ex Filmmaker Sarah Abbott the intimate and interactive experimental film series at Club SAW. Stay tuned for more information. While we get the program line-up together, why not check out her website: sarahabbot.ca.

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Happy New Year! We're ready and waiting... Your move, 2016.
 
As 2015 Draws to a Close...
Monday, 21 December 2015
Dear CFI Supporters:

As 2015 draws to close, all of us here at the Canadian Film Institute want to thank you for your support in this our 80th anniversary season.

We concluded 2015 with a successful 30th edition of the European Union Film Festival, with 28 films from all 28 EU member states, as well as with guest filmmakers Donato Rotunno (Luxembourg) and Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu (Austria), and guest performers A Company of Fools (Al Connors and Catriona Leger). It was a marvelous way to end the year.

And now we look ahead. 2016 will bring, among other events, the 6th annual Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival, the continuation of our Canadian series Café Ex and The Enlightened Screen, the 20th edition of our Latin American Film Festival, as well as many other cinematic surprises. In 2016 we will also celebrate the 40th birthday of our Ottawa International Animation Festival!

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Canadian Film Institute, we wish you all a very happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Thanks again for your passionate support of the CFI!

Warm regards,
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute
 
European Union Film Festival Has Begun!
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Woah... What a fantastic turnout for the 30th European Union Film Festival so far!

This year's edition is quite special, because it’s a year of firsts: the first year all 28 EU member states are participating (including the festival debut from MALTA), our first year at the epic ByTowne Cinema, the first time some European filmmakers will cross the ocean to present their films in Canada, and our first year serving BEER and WINE! ...Don’t even try to tell us that doesn’t tempt you.

The festival continues this week (and next, and next); you can see the full festival lineup here — just click on a film for the synopsis, trailers, and more — and tickets will be available at the door of the ByTowne Cinema prior to each screening. Be sure to get your photo snapped in front of the EUFF red-carpet banner! Share the photo with the hashtag #EUFF30 and make your friends jealous — and you could win free tickets to boot.

Prices are $13 general admission, and $9 for CFI and ByTowne Members, seniors and students. You can also get a 5-Film Passport for $40 if you’re a CFI Member and super keen on European Cinema. (And why wouldn’t you be?)

See you there!
 
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