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The DiverCiné Film Festival of <i>La Francophonie</i> returns to the ByTowne: March 7th - 15th!
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13th DiverCiné Film Festival Returns to Ottawa
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
We at the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, is pleased to announce the return of one of its most anticipated film festivals, DiverCiné! Now in its 13th year, the DiverCiné Film Festival celebrates La Francophonie in Canada and around the world with contemporary feature films, artist and cultural discussions, school presentations, and family-friendly programming. This year's festival kicks off this Saturday and runs until March 15th at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau Street).

Parmi les titres les plus emblématiques de cette édition 2015 on citera d'abord deux films multi-récompensés et applaudi tant par la critique internationale que le grand public: Timbuktu (Mauritanie, 2014), le film mauritanien du réalisateur Abderrahmane Sissako qui fut nommé pour le meilleur film étranger lors de cette dernière édition des Oscars ; Mère et Fils (Roumanie, 2013), le thriller haletant en provenance de Roumanie qui remporta le prestigieux Ours d'or du festival international de Berlin (Berlinale). De la drame poignant vietnamien Battement d'ailes dans les airs (Viêt Nam, 2014) en passant par la comédie décalée, locale Tu dors Nicole (Canada, 2014) ou lointaine Tokyo fiancée (Belgique, 2014), DiverCiné en offre pour tous les goûts. Il y a même un film d'animation cette année, Miniscule : la vallée des fourmis perdues (France, 2014).

Haitian Director Raoul Peck will be present at the screening of his film, Murder in Pacot (Meurtre à Pacot, Haïti, 2014), on Saturday, March 7th. He will discuss his film and participate in a Q&A session with the audience following the screening.

For more information about this year's programming and how to purchase tickets and passes, please visit the DiverCiné webpage by clicking here.
A. Megan Turnbull OttaWanders Into Café Ex at Club SAW
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Artist, animator, director and former Ottawa resident A. Megan Turnbull is coming home to give city-dwellers an up-close and personal look at a collection of her creative films. The 17th season of Café Ex, an intimate and interactive on-going guest artist series run by the Canadian Film Institute, continues on Thursday, February 26th at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street). Megan will be in attendance to talk about her process.

A. Megan Turnbull works in a variety of media including video, animation, paper sculpture and illustration. She has created paper worlds for her films Evolucity, Frolic, and the National Film Board stereoscopic 3D film Unlaced-Delacé. Her work has been screened across Canada and internationally. It has been broadcast through CBC, enRoute AirCanada, The National Screen Institute and various festivals. Her works, both inventive and innovative, often explore the evolving relationship between media, memory and time.

As part of Café Ex, Megan will present her works at Club SAW and will engage in extensive discussions with audience members. Admission is pay-what-you-can and seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Café Ex programming and the works of A. Megan Turnbull, please click here!
Bright Nights is Back in a Brand New Spot!
Tuesday, 03 February 2015
In collaboration with the Embassies of the Baltic and Nordic Nations, the Canadian Film Institute is pleased to announce Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is back again for a 5th year — this time at Carleton University’s impressive 400-seat theatre, room 2200 in the newly added River Building (43 Campus Avenue, at the corner of University Drive). Once again this year, Bright Nights is presented in partnership with Winterlude, Ottawa’s annual celebration of all that is winter.

Bright Nights presents some of the world’s most engaging and innovative cinema, featuring films from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Lithuania and Norway. This year’s films range from drama and comedy to documentary so there’s something everyone can enjoy. Bright Nights offers an opportunity to embrace Nordic and Baltic cinema, and all the complex relationships, hard-hitting personal stories, and dark humour it has to offer! All films are Ottawa premieres.

Bright Nights opens on Friday, February 6th and ends on Valentine's Day. Ticket prices start at just $13 ($9 for CFI members, students and seniors), and full festival passes are also available. To buy tickets and for full details, visit the Bright Nights page!
A New Year
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Hello CFI supporters!
Due to rising costs, and for the first time since 2010, the Canadian Film Institute will raise its individual ticket prices by one dollar. Starting now, CFI Members, Students, and Seniors will pay $9.00 per film; the general public admission price per film will be $13.00. This modest increase will help us to continue our public programming activities, bringing you the best of Canadian and international cinema on a year-round basis.
Please note that price of yearly individual CFI Memberships ($15.00) and Ambassador Passes ($250.00) will not change.
And now, let's dive into the New Year in our new venue. We can't wait to get our 2015 programming year started at the beautiful, state-of-the-art River Building Theatre at Carleton University, and we are thrilled to be in partnership with Carleton University.
2015 kicks off at 8:00pm on Tuesday, January 27th, with a special screening of 50 ITALIANS, in honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day, at our "old stomping grounds" of the Library and Archives. Then, on Friday, January 30th at Carleton University, we present a free screening of TRICK OR TREATY?, with legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin in attendance to introduce and discuss her new film. The following Friday, February 7th, we'll be launching our 5th annual Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival, featuring the exciting, edgy cinemas of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Vive le cinéma!
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Jerrett Zaroski

... and the rest of the CFI team

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