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Happy New Year!
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Welcome to 2011!

Here at the CFI, we're already in the thick of things, planning and programming for many upcoming events.

On January 29th, the Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival swings by Ottawa during its Canadian tour. A program of exception award-winning shorts from around the world, the 2010 Best of Ottawa is the best way to catch what you might have missed during the Festival in October. Click here for more information and the full program listing.

To get over the February blues, Canada's Top Ten -- selected by the Toronto International Film Festival -- will highlight the strong Canadian cinematic contributions from the past year.

March will bring the 15th Latin American Film Festival, and hot on its coattails is DiverCiné, "A World View of la francophonie".

Keep your eyes peeled, because more details and events will be posted here soon!

Jerrett Zaroski
Canadian Film Institute
End of the Year 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010

On behalf of Executive Director Tom McSorley and myself, thank you to everyone who attended the 25th European Union Film Festival. It was great to see so many excited cinephiles, and, in my opinion, the passionate conversation that takes place after each film is the true indication of this event’s success.

Attendance was wonderful as usual, and the EU Member States’ communities came out in full force alongside new and regular CFI members. We welcome all the new members who joined us during the EUFF and, as always, a big thank you to the Ambassador members who attended so many of the EUFF films and continue to support the CFI.

We received many compliments on the new ticketing and lineup systems, and hope to continue to increase the quality and professionalism of our Box Office over the next year. A number of embassies arranged some truly memorable receptions; wine, cheese, chocolates, hors d'oeuvres and more! Overall, a big thank you to all 26 of the Member States for their efforts and contributions in preparation of and throughout the EUFF.

Lastly, we couldn’t have accomplished anything without the support of our sponsors: the Embassies of Germany, France and Poland, and St. Laurent Volvo; plus, our media sponsors: Embassy Magazine, Ottawa Xpress, and CHIN Radio 97.9FM.

Before we sign off for 2010, we want to remind you to check FacebookTwitteryour email inbox, and this website for updates on future programming; our website will be beefed up with new features, options, and content in the new year. Lastly, 2011 brings the ever-popular series of Canada’s Top Ten, and the Latin American Film Festival will return for its 15th year in March. See you there!

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

Jerrett Zaroski
Canadian Film Institute

25th European Union Film Festival
Thursday, 11 November 2010
25th European Union Film Festival

18 NOV - 5 DEC 2010

Welcome to number 25!

Suddenly, somehow, we have arrived at the quarter-century mark for the European Union Film Festival. All those films, all those speeches, all those receptions. It’s been quite a voyage. And, to borrow from a  Federico Fellini film title, the ship sails on!

It has been an incredible cinematic journey. The EUFF has featured films by some of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Europe and, indeed, in the history of cinema (for every film shown in the festival, please consult the CFI printed programme, or click on the large title bar at the top of this page featuring the 25th EUFF). By the time the 25th edition of EUFF concludes, since the first edition in 1984, Ottawa audiences will have seen over 400 national capital premieres of films from the European Union.

It has been an exciting, inspiring, culturally enriching partnership between the CFI, the EU member states, the EU Delegation to Canada, and the Library and Archives Canada -- not to mention our extraordinary partnership with the local film-going public, which for decades has flocked to the festival by the thousands.  We are very grateful for our community’s support of our work to bring the best of the European Union’s cinema to Canada’s capital.

Thanks to everybody who has helped us to build this remarkable event. Have a great EUFF 2010!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute

Le 25e Festival du film de l'Union européenne

Bienvenue au numéro 25 !

Tout à coup, on ne sait trop comment, le Festival du film de l'Union européenne est parvenu à la borne du quart de siècle. Tous ces films, tous ces discours, toutes ces réceptions.  Ç'a été tout un voyage.  Pour reprendre le titre de Federico Fellini : « Et vogue le navire ! »

Ce trajet cinématographique a été incroyable.  Le FFUE a mis à l'affiche des films des plus grands réalisateurs de l'histoire de l'Europe et, de fait, de l'histoire du cinéma.  (Pour chaque film projeté au Festival, veuillez consulter le programme imprimé de l'ICF ou cliquer sur la large barre de titre en haut de cette page qui porte sur le 25e FFUE.)  D'ici à ce que se termine la 25e édition du FFUE, les auditoires d'Ottawa auront vu plus de 400 premières de films provenant de l'Union européenne dans la capitale du Canada.

Le partenariat entre l'ICF, les États membres de l'UE, la Délégation de l'UE au Canada, et Bibliothèque et Archives Canada – pour ne rien dire du partenariat extraordinaire avec le public des cinéphiles de la région qui affluent au Festival par milliers depuis des décennies – a été stimulant, inspirant et enrichissant au plan culturel.  Nous sommes très reconnaissants à la collectivité du soutien qu'elle a apporté à notre travail, qui consiste à amener le meilleur du cinéma de l'Union européenne dans la capitale canadienne.

Merci à toutes celles et ceux qui ont contribué à mettre sur pied cet événement remarquable.  Je vous souhaite un formidable FFUE 2010 !

Tom McSorley
L’Institut canadien du film
FALL 2010
Monday, 06 September 2010
Michael Haneke
Coming Soon!

25th European Union Film Festival

 Begins Nov. 18th, 2010

Dear CFI Patron,

Welcome to our Fall 2010 programming. From September 17 to mid-November we’re offering mini-retrospectives of the works of world cinema masters Michael Haneke and Francois Truffaut, as well as Canadian experimental filmmakers Penny McCann and Chris Gehman. We’re also featuring an evening of contemporary Chilean documentary, with filmmakers in attendance.

Free screenings include YANG YANG from Taiwan, two films about the October Crisis of 1970, and our annual Festival Japan screenings of a quartet of films from contemporary Japanese cinema.  And our Ottawa International Animation Festival (presented at various venues around Ottawa and Gatineau from October 20 to 24) will present a special evening at 395 Wellington on Saturday, October 23rd.

Please note that our ticket prices are increasing for the first time in seven years. The cost of an annual CFI Membership will be $15.00. Individual screening tickets for the general public will be $12.00, while CFI Members, Seniors, and Students will pay $8.00. (All prices include HST.)

Bon cinema!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute 


Bienvenue à notre programmation de l'automne 2010. Du 17 septembre à la mi-novembre, nous offrons des mini-rétrospectives d'œuvres de maîtres du cinéma mondial Michael Haneke et François Truffaut, de même que des réalisateurs canadiens de films expérimentaux Penny McCann et Chris Gehman. Nous offrons aussi une soirée de documentaires chiliens contemporains à laquelle participeront les réalisateurs.

Au nombre des projections gratuites, notons YANG YANG, de Taïwan, deux films sur la Crise d'octobre 1970 et les projections annuelles de notre Festival Japon, qui comprennent un quatuor de films japonais contemporains.

De plus, notre Festival international d'animation d'Ottawa (présenté en divers lieux à Ottawa et Gatineau du 20 au 24 octobre) présentera une soirée spéciale au 395, rue Wellington, le samedi 23 octobre.

Veuillez noter que nos droits d'entrée augmentent pour la première fois depuis sept ans. Il en coûtera désormais 15 $ pour une adhésion annuelle à l'ICF. Les droits d'entrée du grand public à une projection seront de 12 $, tandis que les membres de l'ICF, les membres de l'Âge d'or et les étudiants paieront 8 $. (Tous les prix comprennent la TVH.)

Bon cinema!

Le directeur général, 
Institut canadien du film,

Tom McSorley
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