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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!
Bright Nights Kicks Off With a Bang - February 2!
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
On February 2nd, join the Canadian Film Institute as we kick off the 7th annual edition of Bright Nights: The Baltic Nordic Film Festival!

The Bright Nights Launch Party is one-of-a-kind experience, presented in support of the festival in partnership with the Embassies of Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Enjoy the live entertainment, a screening of a rare film, complimentary food and drink samples courtesy of the host countries, and more! You don’t want to miss it.

The main entertainment for the evening will be a collaborative cinematic performance breathing sound into the Norwegian silent film Under forvandlingens lov / Under the Law of Change (dir. Halfdan Nobel Roede, 1911, 27 min) – the oldest Norwegian film to survive in its entirety! The film will be accompanied by live music, created specifically for this presentation by local musicians Chime of Wrens & Depth of Field .

"Camillo and Fancisca discover that their spouses, Julia and Arthus, are having an affair. They sedate the two and lock them into cages, until they get sick of each other.”

Come out, bring your pals and enjoy a chilled-out-night-out while supporting the arts, local talent, and a great collection of films from the Baltic-Nordic region.

This event will take place in the Arts Court Studio at 2 Daly Ave., on the second floor. Doors open at 6:30PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00PM.

Admission: $7.00 (HST incl.) in advance, $10 at the door.  

Get your tickets early — tickets are on sale now!
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!
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