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