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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!
 
Win a CFI Ambassador Pass!
Monday, 31 August 2015
To celebrate our 80th season, the Canadian Film Institute has prepared a video of clips from memorable Canadian films from over the years. As a special gift to those who are dedicated film fans, we're giving away one CFI Ambassador Pass to the first person who can correctly name all 32 films in the compilation.

The Ambassador Membership — a value of $250 if bought outright — allows you free admission to all CFI events and festivals for a whole year! (For the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ambassador Members receive a complimentary OIAF 6-Pack Admission.) Start watching and researching, and send your answers to Jerrett Zaroski at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it !

Good luck! You can view the video here:



A prize of 1 (one) CFI Ambassador Membership will be awarded to the person whose entry correctly identifies all 32 (thirty-two) films included in the official CFI 80th Anniversary Compilation video and is received by the CFI — via the email address This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it — before any others. No purchase necessary. Contest ends December 31, 2015.
 
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