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Alanis Obomsawin Is Coming to Ottawa!
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
The Canadian Film Institute, in partnership with Carleton University's School For Studies In Art and Culture's Film Studies section, is proud to announce the next edition of the Canadian Masters series, featuring beloved documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin!

The Canadian Masters series is an ongoing celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history.

This event will take place in two parts.

On Thursday, January 26th at 7:30PM, CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley will conduct an onstage one-on-one interview with Alanis Obomsawin, discussing her filmography, issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada, her artistic process, and her impressive career which spans 46 years. Following the interview, attendees are invited to stay for a reception in the Arts Court Studio, where Alanis will be in attendance.

Please Note: Seating for the interview is limited. Tickets are now on sale!

The second evening, Friday, January 27th at 7:00PM, there will be a FREE screening of Obomsawin's newest film, We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, and will take place at Carleton University's Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building). Alanis will attend the screening to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening discussion with the audience.

We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice is a 2016 Canadian documentary film by Alanis Obomsawin about the First Nations activist Cindy Blackstock and her court case against the federal government of Canada. Blackstock's case alleges that the government is underfunding social services to children living on First Nations reserves.

This special free screening is presented with the generous support of Carleton University's Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE). CIRCLE strives to facilitate the research, and delivery of linguistic and cultural materials of the First Peoples of North America as well as all Canadians. A special focus is on cultural expressions linked with music and language, both for Aboriginal Canadians and other indigenous people.

As with all of our Canadian Masters events, this is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Canada's brightest stars.

You don't want to miss it! Click here to purchase your tickets!
Tell Us About Your #EUFF31 Experience!
Monday, 12 December 2016
The Canadian Film Institute, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the EU Member States would like to officially announce that the 31st annual European Union Film Festival has come to a close!

The festival hosted thousands of film fans over the course of four weekends between November 11th and December 4th, and we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. This year’s edition featured a change in venue to Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall. We would like to both thank and congratulate all European Union Member States for their participation and contributions to the Festival.

We're pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Audience Choice Award is Familienfest (Family Celebration), from Germany. This internationally-acclaimed film is directed by Lars Kraume and deals with a topic that is familiar to all, especially around the holidays: family tension. Familienfest’s Hannelore Elsner was nominated at both the Bambi and Jupiter awards for her excellent performance.

Overall, the festival's films scored an average audience rating of 4.16 out of 5 stars, which reflects the high calibre of cinema that each Member State brings to Ottawa, as well as the tight competition for the second annual Audience Choice Award. As a thank you to those who voted, the CFI held a draw to win a CFI Ambassador Membership, which among other benefits includes free admission to most events. Congratulations to Dan Tuplin, the winner of this year's draw!

If you have the time, please take a moment to fill out our short survey and tell us what you thought of the festival. Your feedback is important and helps us improve our events!

The EUFF would also like to thank all sponsors, supporters, staff, and volunteers for their continued support.

Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in 2017!
The Loop Collective at Café Ex
Saturday, 03 December 2016
For 81 years, the Canadian Film Institute has been dedicated to expanding the film knowledge of Canadians. We take joy in bringing you films from all corners of the world — things you might never be able to see otherwise! Experimental film in particular is as varied as it is intriguing, and it is always a pleasure to showcase talented experimental filmmakers, especially when they are Canadian.

This month, join us as we welcome The Loop Collective to Ottawa!

Active since 1996 and now celebrating their 20th anniversary, The Loop Collective is a group of creators who seek to develop a public platform integrating experimental film and video with other art forms. Over their two decades of activity, Loop’s diverse and evolving group of artists have combined film, video, music, dance, photography, collage, and textile arts to produce experimental works which have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional spaces.

On Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30pm, we are thrilled to have Loop Collective member Dan Browne joining us to introduce and discuss a retrospective collection of Loop members' works, as well as a short selection of his own films. In addition, we are glad to have a special guest host: Canadian Film Institute experimental programming consultant and PhD candidate at York University, Scott Birdwise.

It all takes place at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St. Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is pay-what-you-can, and donations are always appreciated. A cash bar and snacks will be made available. The full program for the event can be found here.

We can’t wait for this very special presentation, and we hope to see you there.
The Final Weekend of #EUFF31!
Monday, 28 November 2016
There’s just one week of the European Union Film Festival left, but we have definitely saved some of the best for last. Come visit Carleton University’s gorgeous Richcraft Hall between December 2nd – 4th, to catch films from Germany, Sweden, Netherlands and more! This final weekend’s films are all award winners and are each being shown in Ottawa for the very first time, so purchase your tickets online in advance to save your spot and skip the lines at the box office!

Please note: The name of Carleton’s "River Building" has recently been changed to "Richcraft Hall" — but it's still the same great theatre!

Here is our schedule for this final weekend, but click here and you'll find the complete lineup for the entire festival..
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6:30PM: CYPRUS – Family Member (dir. Marinos Kartikkis)
Family Member follows a Cypriot family wading into murky ethical territory in order to make financial ends meet. With the family grocery store failing to provide enough income, Yiorgos and Sophia accept help from the grandfather who chips in with a share of his pension. But when the grandfather suddenly passes away, his desperate family decides to hide his death in order to keep collecting his pension checks. Soon enough, social security is knocking on their door...

8:45PM: SWEDEN - Underdog (dir. Ronnie Sandahl)
A young Swedish woman in need of work, 23-year old Dino moves to Oslo to work as a housekeeper for Steffen, a retired Norwegian tennis star. With his wife away, love blossoms. A blend of biting inter-culture comedy with potent emotional drama, Underdog was the winner of the Critic’s Choice Award at the Zurich Film Festival and a highlight of the 2015 Gothenburg Film Festival.

As a special treat, the Embassy of Sweden would like to welcome everyone attending Underdog to a reception immediately before the film!


4:00PM: LITHUANIA - Santa (dir. Marius Ivaskevicius)
Santa is a romantic drama that interweaves magical fantasy with painful human hardship. On a trip to Lapand, single mother Inga and her 7-year-old son Vincas meet Finnish local actor Jussi while on a visit to a local amusement park. Jussi shows Inga and Vincas the side of Finland reserved for locals, and soon a powerful bond forms between them. Maybe even Santa Claus will show up!

6:30PM: GERMANY - Family Celebration (dir. Lars Kraume)
On the 70th birthday of famous piano virtuoso Hannes Westhoff, a celebration is to take place at the patriarch’s estate. For this occasion, his second wife Anne not only invited Westhoff’s three sons Max, Fredrik and Gregor, but also their mother, Westhoff’s ex-wife Renate. While Anne tries to maintain a friendly atmosphere, old conflicts resurface among the family. An absorbing family drama with several unexpected twists and turns.


4:00PM: NETHERLANDS - A Noble Intention (dir. Joram Lürsen)
A Noble Intention is an adaptation of Thomas Rosenboom’s famous novel set in late 19th century Netherlands during the expansion of Amsterdam. The story revolves around violin-maker Vedder and his pharmacist cousin Anijs as they look to take advantage of Amsterdam’s construction boom. When Vedder learns that the Victoria Hotel is planning to build where his house is, he holds out for a large payment.
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