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ANTIVIRAL Recap
Monday, 22 June 2015
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for The Enlightened Screen to meet Brandon Cronenberg, see his feature debut ANTIVIRAL, catch some amazing music videos, and take part in the Q+A! Of course, a big thank you to Brandon for coming out and making it all possible!

If you missed it, Jith Paul of Ottawa Indie Fest shot the whole event and produced a great video of the experience, which you can catch below:

 
Carleton University Gets INFECTED... with Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral!
Monday, 15 June 2015
To close our 79th season, we at the Canadian Film Institute are pleased to announce that Canadian filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg will present his 2012 sci-fi drama Antiviral at our latest edition of The Enlightened Screen series at Carleton University's River Building Theatre. The event will take place on Saturday, June 20th beginning at 7:00 pm. Brandon Cronenberg, son of acclaimed film director David Cronenberg, will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A with the audience following the presentation.

Antiviral is set in an alternate, slightly futuristic version of Toronto, in a society where celebrity illnesses are sold to obsessed fans. The film stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, 2011) as Syd March, an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, played by Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, 2012; and Maps to the Stars, 2014, both directed by David Cronenberg), Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must also unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate.

Tickets are available online via our website, and will be sold at the box office 30-minutes before the scheduled show time. General admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, seniors (65+) and students. For more information about the event, or to purchase your tickets in advance, check out the event page here.

We hope to see you there!
 
12th Israeli Film Festival
Tuesday, 02 June 2015
Another Festival has arrived! We at the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with our friends at the Israeli Cultural Forum (Soloway Jewish Community Centre, Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, the Embassy of Israel in Canada, and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation) are pleased to announce the arrival of the 12th Israeli Film Festival. The four-film event kicks off this Thursday, June 4th at Carleton University's River Building Theatre and runs on select dates until June 14th.

As you may know, the 12th Israeli Film Festival is a popular celebration of Israeli cinema, and we couldn't be more pleased with this year's line-up of films.

The Festival opens with Dancing Arabs, a 2014 drama by acclaimed director Eran Riklis (Zaytoun, 2012; The Human Resources Manager, 2010; Lemon Tree, 2008; and The Syrian Bride, 2004). Following on June 7th is Apples From the Desert (2014), directed by Arik Lubetzky and Matt Harari. Above and Beyond (2015), a stirring documentary directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, 2008) premieres on June 11th. And finally, Nissim Dayan's The Dove Flyer (2014) closes the Festival on June 14th. Visit our official page for film synopses, trailers and more!

All screenings will be presented at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre (43 Campus Ave. at the corner of University Dr.) beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are now available online and will also be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before scheduled show times. Tickets are $13 for general admission, or $9 for CFI Members, seniors, students, and members of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. For complete Festival details, including ticket and venue information, click here.

We hope to see you at one or more — or all! — of this year's Israeli Film Festival screenings. We encourage you to share the event with your friends and family, and to stay connected with us by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you!
 
It's Time for Shorts! (Short Films That Is...)
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
We're very excited to once again collaborate with the European Union Delegation to Canada, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), and the diplomatic missions of EU Member States in presenting the European Union Short Film Festival. This showcase of international short film talent runs May 28th-30th at Club SAW (67 Nicholas St.), and is offered completely free – though seating is limited.

The European Union Short Film Festival features an engaging series of 18 short films over three days in a variety of formats including drama, documentary, and animation. All presentations are Ottawa premieres and will be presented in their original language with English sub-titles.

The three-night event is free to attend, however seating is extremely limited. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee a spot.

As a special bonus, each night of the Festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Tastes of Europe, a short reception-style gathering where a selection of traditional European food and refreshments will be available, courtesy of the diplomatic missions of EU Member States. Scheduled screenings will follow at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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