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Ottawa Home Movies
Friday, 25 August 2017

The Canadian Film Institute presented the Ottawa Home Movies Reel, which is a montage made from a selection of home movie footage sent in by members of the public earlier this summer.

This event kicks off “Ottawa: Cinema Capital”, which is a series of screenings that celebrates Ottawa as the first hub of Cinema in Canada. This larger event will showcase films of various types, from documentary, to horror to recent works, and will demonstrate the significance and diversity of the Ottawa film Industry.

Come see how fellow Ottawans have filmed our city, and stay tuned for information on the next event taking place at the end of September until the end of 2017.

Here is the video: 


This project is funded by Ottawa 2017’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Program (stewarded by AOE Arts Council, Ottawa Arts Council and Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa).



Downtown Rideau

Friday, 03 March 2017
March is a month of guest filmmakers at the CFI!
Coming up first on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30PM is the next entry in our Café Ex: Experimental Film series: The Films of Dave Johnson

Ottawa independent moving image-maker Dave Johnson has produced a number of poetic, daring experimental films. He has worked as a videographer, assistant director, sound FX engineer, and is an award-winning location sound recorder! Johnson developed and taught Introduction to Alternative Cinema at the Flinders University of South Australia. Most recently, Johnson has worked as the Technical Director at the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa , and as a freelance sound designer. Currently an active member of the Windows Film Collective, he is also a lecturer on ‘Time Based Art’ at the University of Ottawa, and a producer at SDC video.

Dave Johnson will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his work. Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is "pay-what-you-can", no tickets required.

Café Ex is an engaging and interactive experience that features artist-curated screenings and discussion with experimental filmmakers in the intimate back environment of Club SAW.

Save the date: March 30 - April 1, Guy Maddin comes to Ottawa!

The Canadian Film Institute’s Canadian Masters series is an annual celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring extensive onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history. We are honoured to present a true Canadian master of the moving image: Guy Maddin.

Guy Maddin will be visiting Ottawa between March 30 - April 1 to participate in an onstage interview as well as to screen one of his films!

More details, including specific event times and ticket sales, are forthcoming. Stay tuned- we'll have more information for you next week. In the meantime, we reccomend you read up on Guy Maddin and his impressive career. It's hard not to get excited about the opportunity to see- and maybe even and meet- a Canadian Master.

Thank you, and we'll see you at the movies!
This Weekend at Bright Nights!
Thursday, 09 February 2017
It's finally here!

The 7th annual edition of Bright Nights: the Baltic Nordic Film Festival kicks off this weekend! Between February 10th and 18th, see eight films — never before seen in Ottawa — from across the Atlantic: Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, and Norway.

Consider this your one stop survival guide for everything to do with the Festival.

Where is it being held?

Each of this year's screenings will take place at Carleton University's gorgeous Richcraft Hall (formerly known as the River Building), featuring high definition projection and comfy seats. Richcraft Hall is located at 9376 University Dr., at the corner of University and Campus Ave.

How do I get there?

Getting to the venue is a breeze! Carleton University is easily accessible by OCTranspo bus routes #4 and #7. If you are coming by the Transitway, take any O-Train to the 'Carleton' stop, then it's a mere two minute walk South to Richcraft Hall.

Note: If you are driving to the Festival, avoid the cold and park inside: Richcraft Hall has a parking garage in its basement (P16). It may not be free, but it is warm! Simply park and ride the elevator up to the Theatre!

Additional parking is available nearby in lot P-9 around the corner — just look for the green or white "P" signs.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available both online and at the box office, and admission is $13, or $9 for CFI members, students, and seniors.

Want to see everything? Full Festival passes are available for $40, for CFI members only.

Not a member? Save $50 over the course of the Festival by signing up and purchasing a pass!

To purchase tickets online in advance, simply go to the appropriate film's page on our website. All films are listed below.

Don't want to buy online? No problem; the CFI box office opens 30 minutes before each screening right outside the theatre.

Fantastic! What's playing this weekend?

Glad you asked! Click for full event details

See you at the Festival!

The Bright Nights Film Festival Trailer has been released!
Wednesday, 01 February 2017
We are proud to unveil this year's trailer for Bright Nights: the Baltic-Nordic Film Festival! Enjoy!

For more information about Bright Nights, click here!
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