Season's Greetings from the CFI

Dear CFI Supporter,

It's been an amazing 2018!

Our move into our new venue, the Alma Duncan Salon at the beautiful new Ottawa Art Gallery has been fantastic! Your continued support has helped make it possible. We are deeply grateful for your enthusiasm and passion for cinema.

On behalf of the CFI staff and Board of Directors, I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming you to all our Canadian and international cinema programming in 2019.

Vive le cinéma!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute


We have the perfect gift for the film lover in your life. For just $250, a CFI Ambassador Member will have free admission (with front-of-the-line priority) to every CFI event* for one year. That means they are always guaranteed a seat** even to sold out screenings. With over 80 screenings a year with the CFI (plus the 130+ screenings, talks, and events of the Ottawa International Animation Festival), an Ambassador Membership is a tremendous way to see exclusive international and Canadian films throughout the year.
Ambassador Members will also be invited to exclusive events and have their name appear in Festival programs in appreciation for their support. In lieu of free admission to Ottawa International Animation Festival events, Ambassador Members will receive a ticket-six-pack and be eligible for the discount ticket price for any addition screenings/talks they wish to attend. As the CFI is a charitable organization, $125 of an Ambassador Membership price is eligible for a charitable donation receipt. And, to share the CFI experience with a friend, each Ambassador Membership card comes with two Admit One ticket cards.

*Excludes OIAF, for which you will receive one ticket-six-pack and be eligible for the discount ticket price instead.
**Seats for Ambassador members and advance ticket holders are guaranteed until 15 minutes before posted screening time.

Not ready for an Ambassador Membership? For just $15, our Annual Members are eligible for the discount ticket price at all CFI events for one year. Buy two at once and save money with the Duo price of $25.

All Memberships are available for purchase through our online store (Remember to note the name & email of the member, if not purchasing for yourself, or purchasing a Duo) or at our office in Arts Court (2 Daly Ave, Suite 120). If you have any questions about CFI memberships, please contact us at  or give us a call at 613-232-6727.


After a break for the holidays, the CFI returns with our Canadian programming. In January, we will continue our Canadian Masters series with filmmaker William D. MacGillivray and our experimental film series Café Ex with Phillip Barker. The African Film Festival and another Canadian Masters, with Nettie Wild, will bring us to Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival in March. The 23rd Latin American Film Festival begins April 12. The dates, time, tickets, and program details will be available in January on our website and our newsletter.


We appreciate the support of our patrons throughout the year that make our events like nothing else in Ottawa! The Canadian Film Institute is a non-profit, non-governmental charitable organization with a small, dedicated staff. Aside from membership, you can support the CFI by donating monetarily or volunteering your time.


Tish Chambers
CFI Newsletter: EUFF and December

Dear CFI Supporter,

The 33rd edition of the European Union Film Festival is underway! We're been having a wonderful time venturing through the EU with our audiences in the Alma Duncan Salon every night. There are still 16 more films left to see and tickets are being scooped up everyday, so get yours online at or in person to guarantee yourself a seat. Come by our office at 2 Daly Ave. Suite 120 to buy tickets during business hours, or stop at our Guest Services table at any EUFF screening to purchase tickets for future screenings.

We're proud to say one of our screenings has already sold out! Cold War (Poland) on Sat. Nov. 24 has sold out advance tickets. We know many of you have been looking forward to seeing this film in Ottawa with us. We are happy to let you know that you will still have the chance to see Cold War when the ByTowne Cinema shows it in the new year.

We look forward to seeing you for many more EUFF films at our magnificent home venue in the Ottawa Art Gallery. They're worth the trek through the cold and snow!

After EUFF...


Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev  returns to Ottawa on the big screen for the first time since the CFI’s Tarkovsky retrospective in 2003!

On Tuesday, December 4, at 7pm at Ottawa Art Gallery, we welcome back to Ottawa the cinematic masterpiece, Andrei Rublev, by legendary filmmaker, Andrei Tarkvosky. His 1966 masterwork has been fully, digitally restored and the Canadian Film Institute will present the Ottawa premiere of this pristine new version. The tale of a medieval Russian icon painter trying to preserve his faith in god and in humanity in a brutal, chaotic world, Andrei Rublev is an astonishing work, hailed as one of greatest films ever made in numerous film critics surveys.

This Special Presentation will be a benefit screening for the CFI. Read more about the film and buy your tickets at


The Canadian Film Institute’s edgy and adventurous Café Ex series of Canada’s best experimental independent film artists continues on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30pm with the daring images of Calgary’s Kyle Whitehead. His vivid, abstract works on both 8mm and 16mm celluloid will have you seeing film in startling new ways. All analogue, all the time!

Café Ex is presented in collaboration with the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) and is held at Mercury Lounge in the Byward Market.

Admission is pay-as-you-can.

Tish ChambersCAFE EX, EUFF