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Message from the Executive Director
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Dear CFI Supporters,

What an 80th year it’s been!

Since last August 27th when we celebrated eight decades of film programming and film education at a party at City Hall with 500 of you, we have had a remarkable year of international film festivals, artist talks, panel discussions and, yes, a party or two. We also had many renowned Canadian filmmakers and other film professionals from across Canada sending birthday greeting video messages to us to help celebrate our milestone year. (Check back often this summer as we release all the congratulatory videos!)

Over the course of the 80th season, we had a number of other special anniversaries: our 1st African Film Festival, celebrating the extraordinary and rarely seen cinemas of the continent of Africa; the 30th European Union Film Festival, featuring all 28 member states and well as several special guest filmmakers from the EU in Ottawa; the 20th Latin American Film Festival, featuring guest filmmakers and a special panel on human migration in the Americas. Our ongoing Canadian programming was strong, too, with the Café Ex Experimental Film and The Enlightened Screen series both attracting solid audiences and fascinating and stimulating guest artist talks. Along the way, we also presented festivals of films from Taiwan, Israel, Japan, the Baltic-Nordic nations, and DiverCine, a festival of films from various countries in La Francophonie. And, of course, the world of animation came again to Ottawa last September for our Ottawa International Animation Festival.

On a sad note, our 80th year also saw the loss of two great lovers of cinema and the CFI: our beloved board member Peter Fleming succumbed to cancer in June, as did long time CFI supporter and friend, Australian filmmaker Paul Cox. They are both gone too soon and they are greatly missed, but we will continue to do the work that they inspired – and continue to inspire – us to do.

And so, before we break for the summer to prepare our next season, we want to thank you for your amazing ongoing support of the CFI, and for following our programming to various venues in the city. Like you, we can’t wait until 2017 when we will be presenting all our films in the new state-of-the-art screening venue at the redeveloped and expanded Arts Court in the centre of one of the best cinema cities in the world.

Have a wonderful summer and we’ll see you in September at the 40th anniversary edition of our Ottawa International Animation Festival!

Vive le cinema!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute
13th Israeli Film Festival
Friday, 03 June 2016
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is once again bringing some of Israel’s latest and spectacular cinema to Ottawa, in collaboration with the Israeli Cultural Forum, for the 13th Israeli Film Festival.

Every year, we are proud to present a selection of films that showcase Israel’s cinematic talents and this year is no exception. The film selection for this 13th annual edition includes award-winners and highly regarded filmmakers, with wide-reaching topics of intergenerational family relationships, thrilling crime drama, political documentary — and everyday life.

Opening the festival on Thursday, June 9th, is Laugh Lines (2015), the beautiful story of a widow finding a second lease on life by connecting with her granddaughter.

Then on Sunday, June 19th, you'll find yourself on the edge of your seat as Wounded Land (2015) places you in the centre of a group of police offers assigned to protect a suspect after a suicide bomber attack.

On Thursday, June 23rd, the documentary Rabin: In His Own Words (2015) will shed some light on a part of Israel’s past and the life of political figure Yitzhak Rabin: from his childhood and his political career to his assassination.

Finally, the award-winning Wedding Doll (2015), the story of an extraordinary young woman searching for independence and love, will close the festival on Sunday, June 26th.

All of the films will be shown at 7:00pm, on their respective days, at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre. Tickets are $13 (general admission) or $9 (CFI members, students, and seniors, with valid ID). Carleton students and staff can attend for free, just by presenting their ID card!

And parking? Just like at our recent Latin American Film Festival, we've teamed up with Carleton University to bring special weekday parking rates: on Thursday, June 9 and Thursday, June 23, stay at  Parking Garage P-9  for only $5. Permits can be purchased from our volunteers at the lot entrance starting at 6:00pm (cash only). As for Sunday evenings, simply park at any pay-and-display lot on campus — weekend parking rates of $4 apply.

Full festival line-up info, synopses, trailers, venue maps and other info can be found on the official webpage, here.
3rd EU Short Film Festival
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Want a free trip around Europe full of great food and experiencing the art and culture of many countries? (Don’t we all.) Sorry, we can’t send you to Europe, but we are once again pleased to present Europe to Ottawa with the 3rd European Union Short Film Festival.

For three nights this week, you can join us at Arts Court Theatre & Studio (2 Daly Ave., 2nd Floor) for a Tastes of Europe reception at 6:30pm, followed by a showcase screening of European short films at 7:00pm. Did we mention it was free? Yes, even the food. And if you missed this event last year when it was so popular that we ran out of seats, don't worry: Arts Court Theatre & Studio will have plenty of space.

Join us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (May 26-28) to see the entire menu we’ve put together from both prominent and emerging filmmakers. Get a taste of a variety of short film styles — drama, documentary, comedy, animation. We're serving them all up over three delicious themed evenings. (See what we did there?) (Because there will be food.) (Really tasty traditional European food.)

The full festival line-up can be found via the links below and on our website. Pick your favourite night, but come for all three. And while you could practice your European languages to prepare, all films will be presented with English subtitles.

See you there!
A Return to Canadian Independent Cinema
Thursday, 19 May 2016
We've been busy showing off so much of the world's cinema lately, it's probably time to return to our roots — with The Enlightened Screen. This latest installment of the ongoing film and guest artist series features two very talented Canadian filmmakers, Alan Zweig and Wiebke von Carolsfeld.

On Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00pm, acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig will present his film HURT (2015), which profiles one-time Canadian national hero Steve Fonyo. Fonyo's rise to fame — and fall from grace — is a remarkable story and Zweig has beautifully captured a portrait of a man who has much to tell. Alan Zweig, an award-winning filmmaker known for often using film to explore his own life, will be in attendance to introduce and discuss HURT in a post-film Q+A session.

Then, on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm, we welcome film director and editor Wiebke von Carolsfeld to present her newest film THE SAVER (2016). Carolsfeld, whose directorial debut MARION BRIDGE (2002) won Best First Feature at TIFF, and was recently in Ottawa to present her film STAY (2013) at the Irish Film Festival, will be back to discuss her experience in filming THE SAVER and her insight as an editor.

But wait! We're in a new venue for The Enlightened Screen — join us each night at Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave., 2nd Floor. (If you attended our Bright Nights Launch Party, you know the place.) Tickets will be sold at the door each night: $13 (general admission) or $9 (members, seniors, students). Find more information about the films and filmmakers — and other upcoming events such as the 3rd European Union Short Film Festival and the 13th Israeli Film Festivalin our Now Showing section.

We're really looking forward to sharing these incredible films (and filmmakers) with you. Enjoy!
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