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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.
80 Years Young
Friday, 14 August 2015
As we gear up for our 80th season at the Canadian Film Institute, here are three exciting upcoming events we think you might enjoy:

A Night at the Movies with Jay Stone and Tom McSorley
CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley and former Ottawa Citizen film critic, Jay Stone, will appear together for a special evening of discussion about cinema, with film clips, at Das Lokal, an excellent new restaurant located at 190 Dalhousie. This event will take place on Sunday, August 16, starting at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20.00. For details and to reserve tickets for this event, go to www.daslokalottawa.com.

Rideau Hall Movie Nights
The CFI is again involved in Rideau Hall Movie Nights. This second edition takes place on August 21 and 22, on the grounds of Rideau Hall, with two free screenings of recent Canadian films. The opening night, August 21, will feature PASSCHENDAELE (Paul Gross, 2008). The film's writer-director and star, Paul Gross, will be in attendance to introduce the film in a pre-screening interview with Tom McSorley. The August 22nd evening will feature LA PASSION D'AUGUSTINE (Léa Pool, 2015). Admission is free and the event starts at 8:00PM. For more information, go to rideauhallmovienights.gg.ca or our website.

CFI's 80th Anniversary Celebration
Join us at the CFI's 80th birthday party on Thursday, August 27, from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Jean Pigott Room, Ottawa City Hall. Help us celebrate our organization's eight decades of cinematic service with food, wines, and some special surprises... Admission is free! Donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted.

Who said these are the 'dog days' of August?!!
The End of our 79th Season
Friday, 03 July 2015
Dear Canadian Film Institute Supporters,
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who supported the Canadian Film Institute’s many public film programming activities. Your support is both essential and gratifying to all of us here at Canada’s oldest non-profit, non-governmental cultural organization dedicated to cinema.
Our very busy 2014-2015 programming season ended two weeks ago with our Enlightened Screen event with Brandon Cronenberg. It was quite a year, beginning way back in late August with Rideau Hall Movie Nights outdoor screenings on the lawn of Governor General of Canada’s residence, followed by another outdoor film showing at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall on the CFI’s 79th birthday, August 26, 2014.  
Since then, with our many film festivals and series (Café Ex, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Festival Japan, uOttawa Human Rights Film Festival, European Union Film Festival, Baltic-Nordic Film Festival, Latin American Film Festival, DiverCiné, Portuguese Language Film Festival, Israeli Film Festival, The Enlightened Screen, et al), some held at impressive new venues, we’ve attracted over 45,000 people to this rich array of Canadian and international cinema.
We look forward to your continued support as we enter our 80th anniversary year! There will be plenty to celebrate, including the 30th European Union Film Festival in November, 20th Latin American Film Festival next spring, and the 40th anniversary of our Ottawa International Animation Festival in the fall of 2016.
Throughout the year, the Canadian Film Institute will be hosting special fundraising events and screenings to help us continue to bring you the best of Canadian and international films and filmmakers.
Have a wonderful summer, and stay tuned for some exciting announcements. 
Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Jerrett Zaroski
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