ABOUT THE CFI
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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