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About the CFI
The CFI's mandate is to encourage and promote the production, diffusion, study, appreciation, and use of moving images for cultural and educational purposes in Canada and abroad. To this end, it organizes ongoing public film programming, distributes a small collection of films, and is involved in the publication of books and monographs on various aspects of Canadian cinema.
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. 
Public Programming Activities & Canadian Film Institute Cinema
The Institute presents a regular public programme of contemporary, historical, and international cinema in the National Capital region, presented in various venues across Canada's capital city of Ottawa. It also curates and circulates a number of its film series to various cinémathèques in other cities across Canada.
The Canadian Film Institute relies on a dedicated team of staff and volunteers to ensure our events run smoothly and successfully. Volunteers are occasionally needed for such tasks as:
  • in-office sorting and filing
  • writing and research
  • on-site box office and ushering
  • set up and break down during special events
  • greeting and serving patrons
If you're interested in being added to our volunteer list, please send an email to CFI Programming Assistant This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

More than 200 volunteers assist operations during the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Those who volunteer at the Animation Festival for 8 hours or more are eligible to receive a complimentary pass to all OIAF screenings. More information can be found on the official website for the OIAF, animationfestival.ca.
Donations and Reports

The Canadian Film Institute is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, that relies the support of members, donors, sponsors, fundraising, and ticket sales to continue beyond the 80 years since our founding. Help us continue our work!

Donors who give $1000 will receive written acknowledgement on the OIAF website and in the OIAF schedule booklets. Any donation is welcome, though, and all donors receive a charitable tax receipt.

Donate by credit card by clicking on the button, or give us a call at (613) 232-6727. We will require your full name and mailing address to send you a tax receipt.


CFI Revenue 2015 CFI Expenses 2015
CFI 2015 Revenue CFI 2015 Expenses

  • In 2015, Canadian Film Institute events had a total attendance of 48,919. Over the course of the year, it organized 254 different screenings and events.
  • The CFI publishes a series of books on Canadian filmmakers with in-depth essays. It maintains animationdirectory.ca, a guide to the Canadian animation industry, and a guide to animation for kids and teens toonapprentice.ca. The Organization's websites cfi-icf.ca and animationfestival.ca feature film contact information and essays about special programming.
  • The Organization offers the touring programs Best of Ottawa and Welcome to Kanata which are screened on a national and international level.
  • Free programs such as Animation Celebration, DiverCiné special screenings, and Toon Apprentice Day for Teens bring important animation and Canadian content to local schools.
  • In 2015, the CFI showcased the work of 115 Canadian artists.

Annual Reports 2015 (PDF, <2.0 MB)

2015 Annual Report - CFI2015 Annual Report - OIAF
Canadian Film Institute Board of Directors

Susan Scotti, Chair (joined 2009)
Michael Leong, Treasurer (joined 2011)
Tom McSorley, Secretary (ex officio)
Claude Faubert (joined 2011)
Peter Fleming (joined 2011)
Velma McColl (joined 2012)
Russell Mills (joined 2009)
Frank Taylor (joined 2012)