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The Canadian Film Institute’s (CFI) mission is to encourage and promote the production, diffusion, study, appreciation and use of moving images for cultural and educational purposes in Canada and abroad. The CFI is a unique institution that organizes ongoing public film programming and artist talks, provides educational enhancements on its websites and publishes books and monographs on various aspects of Canadian and international cinema.


The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. 

Public Programming Activities

The CFI organizes several annual international film festivals, including the European Union Film Festival, Bright Nights, the African Film Festival, and the Latin American Film Festival. These international festivals are an incredible cultural asset  for local audiences and filmmakers alike.   CFI audiences are especially enthusiastic about events that are more than just screenings, that afford them opportunities to learn, share, and to interact with guest artists. Our main Canadian series (Café Ex, The Enlightened Screen and Canadian Masters), were specifically created to provide this enhanced programming; our international festivals also feature guest filmmakers from around the world encountering Canadian audiences and vice-versa.

The CFI’s largest annual festival is the widely respected Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Founded in 1976, it attracts audiences and filmmakers from across Canada and around the world.  For Canadian filmmakers, the OIAF offers the chance have their work seen on an international stage, network, and participate in professional development activities. The OIAF reaches out to its audience with surveys and uses community advisors to help get ideas to enrich Festival programming.


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Canadian Film Institute Code of Conduct Policies


who we are


Tom McSorley

Tom McSorley is the Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa. In addition to organizing various film festivals, including the European Union Film Festival, Silent Film Festival and Latin American Film Festival, Tom is the primary French language spokesperson for the OIAF and oversees its financials. He lectures on Canadian cinema at Carleton University and reviews films on CBC Radio.


Kelly Neall

Kelly Neall is the CFI’s Managing Director. Her extensive experience running film events and her degrees in both Film Studies and Communications help her to effectively oversee the design and implementation of film festivals for the CFI.  She currently sits on committees at Ottawa Festivals and is a member of the Arts Court Hive Collective.


Azarin Sohrabkhani

Azarin Sohrabkhani is the Director of Industry Programming. She oversees professional development programming and sponsorship for the OIAF. She has extensive knowledge of the animation industry and engages the community to ensure that programming meets their needs.  As a founder and producer of the volunteer-run music festival, Ottawa Explosion Weekend, she helps the OIAF maintain its contacts within different local artistic communities.


Keltie Duncan

Keltie Duncan is a programmer for the OIAF and the Director of Film Operations. She is responsible for the delivery of all CFI on-screen content.  She has an MA in Film Studies from Carleton University and a BFA in digital media with a focus on experimental animation from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is tickled by the art of projection and gets a kick out creating DCPs. When not in the booth you will find her behind a drum kit or, occasionally, getting some rest.


Tish Chambers

Tish is the Festival Administrator. She organizes and executes CFI festivals and events throughout the year. Tish has been making videos since she was 13 but quit film school to be a cake decorator. She worked as Office Coordinator for the OIAF before joining the CFI team. Tish hosts the Rated F podcast about women in film. You may hear her reviewing films on CBC Radio or see her presenting film panels at Ottawa ComicCon.

Alex Smith-Eivemark

Alex is the Development Manager with the CFI. She assists with maintaining client relations and securing sponsorship for all festivals. She started out at the CFI as a student intern for the OIAF while studying Film at Carleton University. After graduating Alex spent nearly 3 years working at one of Ottawa’s biggest studios before returning to the CFI. In her spare time, Alex can be found teaching dance to kids and adults, competing, and at home watching movies with her dogs. Alex is thrilled to be back and share her passion for the film industry.

Canadian Film Institute Board of Directors

Frank Taylor, Chair (joined 2012)
Jim McKeen, Treasurer (joined 2017)
Susan Scotti (joined 2009)
Suzanne Bouclin (joined 2016)
Will Straw (joined 2017)
Lauren Brown (joined 2018)
Archita Ghosh (joined 2018)
Joy Yang (joined 2018)
Patrick Dion (joined 2018)



Ottawa Art Gallery

Alma Duncan Salon (Level 3)
10 Daly Ave or 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa

The Canadian Film Institute worked with the Ottawa Art Gallery on the design and components of the Alma Duncan Salon at the beginning of the OAG’s recent redevelopment. The Alma Duncan Salon is a 4,000 sq ft multipurpose room with state-of-the-art digital and analog projection capability, seating for 245 guests and an outdoor terrace.


Arts Court

Arts Court Theatre & Studio (Level 2), Knot Project Space (Main Level)
2 Daly Ave., Ottawa

The Arts Court Theatre holds 130 guests for screenings or interviews in an intimate setting and is connected to the Arts Court Studio, which hosts receptions and parties.

Knot Project Space is a venue powered by SAW Video Media Art Centre. The space is uniquely configured to present installations, screenings and performances by contemporary artists working within the field of media art and the moving image.


Lot Hourly Rate Daily Rate
Rideau Centre
(5 Daly Ave & 80 Nicholas St)
$1.50 per 1/2 hr first 3hrs
$2.00 per 1/2 hr after 3hrs
$20.00 per 12 hrs
$25.00 per 24 hrs
190 Besserer Street $3.00 per 1/2 hr
$15 daily max
$8 weekday 3pm-6am flat rate
$8 weekend flat rate
Novotel N/A $28 per 24 hrs
City Hall Garage
110 Laurier Ave West
6 am to 6 pm: $2.00 per 30 min, $17 max
6 pm to 6 am: $0.50 per 30 min, $2 max
$0.50 per 30 min, $2 max
Street Parking $3.00 per hr, max 2hr
Free after 5:30pm Mon-Sat and all day Sun
Nearby spots on Nicholas St., Daly Ave., Besserer St. & Cumberland St.
Visit the City of Ottawa website for details