EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • November/December • Founded 1984
The European Union Film Festival is an annual showcase of the best of contemporary cinema produced in the European Union. Over the span of two to three weeks, the Canadian Film Institute brings Ottawa audiences a wide selection of award-winning films from the Festival circuit, never-before-seen in the capital city.
Experience the drama, comedy, tragedy, and passion of the moving image from across the Atlantic and attend Embassy-hosted receptions alongside film fans, academics, students, and local expatriate communities. Five-film Passports for CFI members, and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. Each year, this prestigious event is presented in collaboration with the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada.
BRIGHT NIGHTS: BALTIC-NORDIC FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • February • Founded 2011
In collaboration with the Embassies of the Baltic and Nordic nations, the Canadian Film Institute presents this annual festival of films from Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, and Norway.
The far reaches of the festival world – from Berlin and Cannes to Toronto and Montreal – have been gleaned for fresh and exciting perspectives in contemporary film. Inaugurated in 2011, Bright Nights has something for everyone, ranging from fiction to documentary to animation. All films are Ottawa premieres.
Bright Nights is presented in partnership with Winterlude, the annual celebration of all that is Winter in Canada's Capital Region.
LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • March/April • Founded 1987
The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) showcases features, documentaries, and short films from south of the Rio Grande. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), the event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, gleaned from the screens of such festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Chicago to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America.
Each year, experience the work of Latin America’s greatest filmmakers, as well as Embassy-hosted receptions, over the span of the ten-day prestigious film event. Five-film Passports and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. This exciting event is presented in collaboration with the Group of Latin American Ambassadors (GRULA).
As part of the ongoing development and expansion of the annual Latin American Film Festival, the Canadian Film Institute introduced South ↔ North: New Latin American Documentaries in 2012, offering films with a Canadian connection.
OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Annual • September • Founded 1976
Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation — and transforms Ottawa into the centre of the animation universe.
The OIAF is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won't want to miss this year's great line up of screenings taking place at the National Arts Centre, ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.
Complete information can be found on the official website, animationfestival.ca, including this year's line-up, selections, events, guests, passes and travel info, tickets, volunteering, animation resources, and more
ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • June • Founded 2004
The Canadian Film Institute presents the Israeli Film Festival annually, in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel and the Israeli Cultural Forum (Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program, and Jewish Community Council of Ottawa / Vaad Ha'ir Canada Israel Cultural Foundation).
Each year, the Israeli Film Festival brings premieres of the best contemporary Israeli cinema to Ottawa, introducing audiences to challenging and engaging dramas, comedies, and documentaries.
TAIWAN FILM NIGHTS
Annual • October • Founded 2011
For many years now, the Canadian Film Institute, in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Ottawa), has proudly presented many impressive examples of the internationally renowned contemporary cinema of Taiwan.
AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • October • Founded 2015
The cinemas of Africa have consistently delivered some of most impressive, urgent, and engaged films in contemporary world cinema. This annual festival showcases the best of African cinema’s diverse and extraordinary films and filmmakers.
The films selected primarily celebrate emerging voices from across the five regions of the African continent as well as its historical diaspora. They range across a number of genres from futurist to political thriller, melodrama to horror, social realist to fantasy. They are at once celebratory and critical, contemplative and reflexive, elegiac and prospective. The films have been screened, won awards, or entered for nomination at FESPACO (Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou), the Durban International Film Festival, the Festival de Cannes, the Toronto International Film Festival, the American Film Institute Film Festival and the Academy Awards (Oscars), among others.
The event is proudly presented by the Canadian Film Institute, in partnership with Carleton University's Film Studies and African Studies departments.
Japanese Film Festival
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL
Annual • October/November • Founded 1985
The Canadian Film Institute's annual celebration of contemporary Japanese cinema, the Japanese Film Festival, is presented with the generous efforts of The Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan.
One of the CFI's longest-running events, the Japanese Film Festival has introduced Ottawa audiences to Japan's talented and innovative filmmakers, providing free admission for audiences since its inception in 1985.
CANADIAN MASTERS SERIES
Annual • Founded 2016
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.
Annual • Winter/Spring • Founded 1998
Inaugurated in 1998, this on-going visiting artist series presents artist-curated evenings of independent experimental film and video in the intimate atmosphere of Club SAW. The series features Canadian experimental cinema, with guest filmmakers presenting their work and engaging in extensive discussions with audience members for a "pay-what-you-can" admission.