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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.
It's #BNFF16 Time!
Thursday, 11 February 2016
On behalf of all of us at the Canadian Film Institute, thank you so much for turning up with such enthusiasm and in such great numbers for our first ever Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival launch party! From the liqueurs and food samples and the Orienteers performance, to the raffle prizes and silent auction, the evening was a grand success. Your support and energy made that memorable night very special, and we thank you!

Thanks also to all the embassies, sponsors, staff and volunteers who made the event run so smoothly and happily.

And now – on to the films!
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Bright Nights 2016 Poster We’re gearing up to kick-off the 6th Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival this Friday, February 12 at 7pm with a screening of Denmark’s THE SHOOTER.

Still not sure what exactly the BNFF is all about? The Festival (Feb 12-21) features an eclectic mix of dark, edgy, and thought-provoking films from the eight Baltic-Nordic countries: Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. Three of the films at BNFF were celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival (RAMS, LOUDER THAN BOMBS, and INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS). And if that’s not exciting enough for you, all films are Ottawa premieres and most will not be shown here again, so don’t miss 'em! (So much indie cred.)

This year we’re also excited to have special guest filmmaker Helga Merits in Ottawa to present her films — THE STORY OF BALTIC UNIVERSITY and CLASS OF 1943 — as part of the festival, this Sunday, February 14 at 4:00PM. Thanks to the Embassy of Estonia for making this happen.

The Festival Details:
The event runs February 12-21 and screenings take place at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre located at Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.

Admission is $13 for the general public, $9 for CFI members and seniors, and FREE for Carleton students and staff, if you show your ID card. A full festival pass is practically a steal, at only $40 for all 8 films. Tickets and the full schedule are available on our website here, or buy them at the door, starting one half hour before screening time.

See you there!
#BNFF16 Launch Party + Café Ex with Sarah Abbott
Tuesday, 02 February 2016
As we’ve mentioned, we’re trying something different this year to launch the Bright Nights festival, and we think it’s going to be pretty rad.

First of all, it’s a full-on party/fundraiser for our upcoming Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. In fact, we’ve got quite a few special treats for you. We’ve put together a night of film, music, food and drink. That’s just how we are. (You’re welcome.)

Check it out: local Ottawa band Orienteers will perform live to Danish silent film THE ABYSS (1910). Before and after the performance, we’ll have free snacks, samples of Baltic-Nordic liqueurs/spirits, cash bar, the best Baltic-Nordic tunes playing, and a combo silent/fishbowl auction where you’ll have a chance to win some really neat prizes — and show off how cultured you are to your friends with your winnings. Prizes are generously provided by our friends at the Baltic-Nordic embassies, and other sponsors and partners, like Bridgehead Coffee.

It all goes down on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm at Arts Court Building (2 Daly Ave) in the Black Box Studio and Arts Court Theatre.

Tickets are $5 in advance / $8 at the door and already on sale online. And don’t forget, it’s a fundraiser! Come out and help us make Bright Nights bigger and better! Use #BNFF16 to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

More info available on the Launch Party page.


Ready to expand your film palate? Well, put your thinking cap on and come out for some experimental film at Café Ex. Now in its eighteenth season, our intimate and interactive Canadian visiting artist series is an art gallery for the moving image.

On Thursday, February 4th – at 7:00pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. – Canadian filmmaker Sarah Abbott engages the audience in issues of human rights, ethics, being, and the environment. (All the best topics, really.) Grab a drink and take advantage of the opportunity to ask Sarah Abbott your questions. Admission is "pay-what-you-can". More info can be found on the event page HERE.

Hope to see you there!
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