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20 Years Later, Still Celebrating Latin American Cinema in Ottawa
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Our Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) is back, once again bringing Ottawa audiences the best that Latin American filmmakers and artists have to offer. Together with our friends of GRULA — the group of Latin American Ambassadors in Ottawa — we at the Canadian Film Institute are bringing 18 films to the silver screen at Carleton University's River Building Theatre over almost three weeks, from April 27 to May 14.

Whether you choose your films by country, by genre, or by topic, we have all the info you need to plan your festival experience. Listed on the official Festival page is the full line-up of films, with links to synopses, trailers (and IMDb listings, if that's your thing): award winners, first-time filmmakers, comedies, drama, documentary. It's all there.

We have more films! We always want to show more films.

Our special sidebar program South ⟷ North: Cinema Across Borders returns with three amazing, important films dealing with cross-border topics, as well as a free discussion panel hosted by Carleton University's Latin American and Caribbean Studies. South ⟷ North takes place every Saturday during the festival.

Plus, if you missed the international hit film EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia, 2015) at the ByTowne, then our special screening on May 4th may be your last chance to see this breath-taking Oscar-nominated film on the big screen.

Are you a CFI Member? Or 65 years or older? A student? Then just show your ID and buy your ticket to any single film for $9. Not any of those things? Tickets are $13 each. Carleton student or staff? FREE! Just show that fancy Carleton ID card at the door.

Tickets, Memberships, 5-Film Passports ($40, CFI Members only), and All-Access Festival Passes ($150, everyone) — you can buy them all at the door, or skip the line-up and purchase tickets in advance via Snap Up Tickets.

Take the O-Train, OCTranspo bus (#7 or #1), bike along the Rideau Canal, or enjoy our special parking prices exclusive for LAFF patrons! Save $3 off parking Mondays through Friday evenings: simply pull up to  Parking Garage P-9  on campus and park all evening for $5 (cash only), then stroll on over to the River Building Theatre, right across the street.

Remember: it has to be  P-9 , and has to be in cash, otherwise regular pricing will apply.

Saturday and Sunday parking is also flat rate, and available for $4 at all pay-and-display lots on campus.

No problem. Call our office at 613-232-6727, send us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or explore the website for answers to most of your questions.

It's all thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, suppliers, volunteers, staff, and good friends at the Latin American Embassies over the last two decades. We're a non-profit, charitable organization and depend on all the support and warm fuzzies everyone provides. By attending this year's festival, you're helping support the 21st edition in 2017. So, thank you.

Café Ex: 18th Season Comes to a Close
Tuesday, 05 April 2016
Come out on Thursday to help us end our Café Ex season in style. Known for his imaginative combination of documentary, drama, experimental and animation film, Deco Dawson’s eclectic films will capture you.

Never been to Café Ex? You're in for a treat; award-winner and Canadian filmmaker, Deco Dawson — visiting all the way from Winnipeg — will move you with stories of hopelessness and vulnerability. Yes, you may need a drink, so get yourself one or two, and absorb yourself in these incredible films. If you’re curious at all, ask Deco Dawson any questions that come to mind. It’s also the last night of the eighteenth season of this intimate and interactive Canadian filmmaker series. Come by and hang out at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. on April 7th at 7:00pm, and experience some moving image art with us.

Admission is "pay-what-you-can". More info about the event can be found HERE. Hope you can make it!
GG Award-Winning Hoffman Celebrated with Screening
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Philip Hoffman, acclaimed filmmaker and good friend of the Canadian Film Institute, has recently been announced as one of the recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. To celebrate this incredible achievement, we've teamed up with Canada Council for the Arts, with support from Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO), to present a special screening of some of Hoffman's most iconic works.

Philip Hoffman is a reoccurring guest at our Café Ex visiting artist series, but if you haven't seen his work yet, then it would be a good idea to come by Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.) at 7pm TONIGHT, Tuesday, March 22. Hoffman will here to present a selection of his incredible films on 16mm.

Oh, and did we mention that the event is FREE? (Well, it is.)

Stick around after the show for a Q+A session with Hoffman and learn what makes a national award-winning artist tick. More info can be found on the event page here... or just come by and be surprised.
14e Festival des films DiverCiné
Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Écrivez ceci dans vos calendriers! La quatorzième édition du festival des films DiverCiné débute ce vendredi 4 mars à 18h40 au Cinéma Bytowne avec le film L’OEIL DU CYCLONE (Burkina Faso/France/Cameroun, 2015). Le festival dure jusqu’aù 13 Mars et célèbre la créativité et divers pays participant à la Francophonie au Canada et mondialement. DiverCiné présente des films contemporains rarement projetés au Canada, mais aussi des artistes, des discussions culturelles, des présentations scolaires et des programmes pour les familles.

Nous sommes très excités d’accueillir notre invitée spéciale, Maïmouna N'Diaye, actrice principale dans L’OEIL DU CYCLONE à Ottawa, le 4 mars. Elle viendra à la projection du film et sera disponible pour répondre aux questions. N’Diaye a gagné le prix de « Meilleure actrice »pour son rôle dans L'OEIL DU CYCLONE au Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) en 2015.

BILLETS : L’admission générale est de 12 $ pour un film ou nous avons un spécial : vous pouvez regarder 6 films pour 40 $. Pour les membres du CFI, de la Galerie Nationale et du Cinéma Bytowne, vous pouvez voir un film pour 8$ où avoir un spécial de 6 films pour 30$. Comme avec tous les événements de l'ICF, Membres « Ambassadeur » bénéficient du plein accès à tous les films du festival. La vente des billets commence une demi-heure avant la projection du film. Tous les billets et les laissez-passer ne peuvent être achetés qu’à la caisse. (En argent liquide seulement.)

En achetant le laissez-passer vous recevez aussi un rabais de 25% pour l’accès au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada !

Pour plus d’information, visitez DIVERCINE.COM
  Mark your calendars, folks! The 14th edition of the DiverCiné Film Festival kicks off this Friday, March 4th at 6:40PM at the ByTowne Cinema with the film EYE OF THE STORM (Burkina Faso/France/Cameroon, 2015). The festival runs until March 13th and celebrates the diverse cultures and creativity of La Francophonie in Canada and worldwide. DiverCiné features contemporary films rarely screened in Canada, as well as artist and cultural discussion, school presentations, and family-friendly programming.

We are very excited to welcome special guest Maïmouna N'Diaye, lead actress in EYE IN THE STORM, to Ottawa on March 4th. She will attend the screening and be available to answer questions. N'Diaye is the winner of the Best Actress Award for EYE OF THE STORM in Burkina Faso's Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 2015.

TICKETS: General admission is $12 for single entry and a 6-film pass is $40. For CFI, National Gallery and ByTowne members, single entry tickets are $8 and $30 for a 6-film pass. As with all our events, CFI Ambassador Members receive full-access to all films by showing their Membership card at the door. The ByTowne Cinema box office opens one half hour before screening time. All tickets and festival passes can only be purchased at the box office (cash only).

As a special treat, DiverCiné pass holders also receive a 25% discount on the adult gallery access price at the National Gallery of Canada.

For more information about the event, please visit our webpage at DIVERCINE.COM.
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