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Monday, 02 October 2017
Can you believe it? It’s October already!  

After a busy summer of preparation, we’ve just completed a successful edition of our annual animation extravaganza, the Ottawa International Animation Festival. We hope you managed to catch some screenings, meet some animators, and generally have a great time. 

And now it’s on to our other programming in fall 2017. In addition to our ongoing series of screenings celebrating film production in Ottawa (Ottawa: Cinema Capital, here’s what else is coming between now and the December holiday season:

October 14: The Enlightened Screen, with Toronto filmmaker, Hugh Gibson, who will be in Ottawa to present his latest feature length and award-winning documentary, THE STAIRS, presented at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Theatre;

October 27 and November 3: Taiwan Film Nights, presented in collaboration with the Taipei and Economic Cultural Office (Ottawa); two free screenings of new films from Taiwan at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Theatre;

October 28 to November 5: the third annual African Film Festival of Ottawa, featuring five newly restored classics of African cinema; presented at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Theatre;

November 4 and November 10: the 35th annual Japanese Film Festival, presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan; free admission screenings at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall; 

November 17 to December 5: the 32nd annual European Union Film Festival, taking place this year in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada.  

We hope to see you at many (or all!) of these exciting cinematic events. We appreciate your continued support of the Canadian Film Institute’s public programming activities.

Ottawa Cinema Capital
Saturday, 23 September 2017

Join us to celebrate Ottawa as the first hub of cinema in Canada. Free screenings will take place from now until the end of 2017. Click the Festival & Events link above for a list of events.

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).




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!
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