Canadian Film Institute

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) (French: Institut canadien du film (ICF)) Canadian Film Institute involves Canada in the film production, study, appreciation process of film/moving images for cultural and educational purposes. The Canadian Film Institute organizes ongoing public film programming, distributes a small collection of films, and is involved in the publication of books and monographs on various aspects of Canadian cinema. CFI screenings and events are held in Ottawa Ontario, mainly at The Auditorium at 395 Wellington St. (formerly operated by Library and Archives Canada).

Canadian Film Institute
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TypeFilm organization based in Canada
Legal statusactive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Official language
English, French
Executive Director
Tom McSorley
AffiliationsOttawa International Animation Festival.


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. The Institute presents a regular public programme of contemporary, historical, and international cinema in the National Capital region, presented in the Auditorium of the Library and Archives Canada. It also curates and circulates a number of its film series to various cinémathèques in other cities across Canada.

Ottawa International Animation FestivalEdit

Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) presents the largest animation film event in North America, bringing an international audience to its Ottawa Locations at the National Arts Gallery, ByTowne Cinema, and Arts Court Theater.

Café ExEdit

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.

Presenting artists have included: Clint Enns and Leslie Supnet (Toronto) (2014) Theodore Ushev (Montreal) (2014) Monique Moumblow (Montreal) (2013) Bridget Farr (Ottawa) (2013) Phillip Hoffman (Toronto) (2013) Roger Wilson (Ottawa) (2012) Malcolm Sutherland (Montreal) (2012) Francisca Duran (Toronto) (2012) Tony Asimakopoulos (Montreal) (2011) Heidi Phillips (Winnipeg) (2011) Louise Bourque (Edmundston) (2011) Donigan Cumming (Montreal) (2011) Chris Gehman (Toronto) (2010) Penny McCann (Ottawa) (2010) Cecilia Araneda (Winnipeg) (2010) Chris Kennedy (Toronto) (2010)

Francophone CinemaEdit

Films from across the French-speaking world are come to Ottawa for DiverCiné – les écrans de la Francophonie du monde film festival from March 8 to March 17, 2013, for its 11th annual run. Organized by the Embassy of France to Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute. DiverCiné is a cultural event that supports and promotes Francophone Canadian and Francophone World Film films, short films, artist and cultural discussions, in its Ottawa Location. DiverCiné gives Canadian audiences an opportunity to see first-rate movies created by filmmakers from a variety of the world's French-speaking countries that are rarely screened in Canada. DiverCiné strives to showcase Francophone World Cinema that explore the diverse culture and contemporary issues of the Francophone World, with the help of its media partners, TV5 and Radio-Canada. It is an opportunity to feature Talent and films from Canada and the rest of the francophone world. The majority of the films at the Diverciné festival include English subtitles and include family friendly screenings.

World Cinema Annual FestivalsEdit

Canadian Film Institute with features annual festivals to showcase of world cinema, in collaboration with Embassies or non-profit community organizations:

European Union Film Festival

Over the span of eighteen days, the Canadian Film Institute brings Canadian audiences a wide selection of award-winning European films, never-before-seen in Ottawa. In collaboration with the European Union Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Canada

Latin American Film Festival

The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) presented by the Canadian Film Institute showcases features, documentaries, and short films. The event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, over the span of the ten-day film event in collaboration with Group of Latin American Ambassadors (GRULA). the Canadian Film Institute introduced South ↔ North: New Latin American Documentaries in 2012, offering films with a Canadian connection.

Israeli Film Festival 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), the Canadian Film Institute features premieres of the best contemporary Israeli cinema to Ottawa. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary edition of the Israeli Film Festival

India Film Festival In collaboration with the High Commission of India, celebrating 100 years of Cinema in India, Canadian Film Institute brings an annual India Film Festival held in September. The films of the India Film Festival feature critically acclaimed dramas, comedies, thrillers, and musicals, providing new and exciting experiences of the artistic talents of India.

Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival

In collaboration with the Embassies of the Baltic and Nordic nations, the Canadian Film Institute present annual festival of films from Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Estonia, and Norway.

German Language Film Festival In collaboration with the Embassies of Switzerland, Austria, and the Federal Republic of Germany, the Canadian Film Institute showcases contemporary German-language films.

Festival Japan The Canadian Film Institute's annual Festival Japan in collaboration with The Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan began in 1985. Festival Japan has introduced Ottawa audiences to Japan's talented and innovative filmmakers, providing free admission for audiences.

Portuguese Language Film Festival

The Portuguese Language Film Festival, in collaboration with the Embassies of Angola, Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal, premiered in the celebration of the Language Day of CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries), May 5, 2012, and will be part of the Canadian Film Institute annual events.

International Polar (Year) Film Festival: 2012, 2009

Festival of New Spanish Cinema (2011)

Sri Lanka Film Festival (2011)

Taiwan Film Festival 2011, 2014

Online PublicationsEdit

Canadian Film Institute provides Canadian Publications: in-depth analyses, essays, discussions, interviews, of respected Canadian filmmakers, writers. The CFI will release online publications of previously released CFI paperbacks for free access for Canadian Cinema Supporters and an international audience to enjoy. The Canadian Film Institute has already released one online publication, with five more on the way to make a total of a Six-book series by the end of 2013.

Rivers of Time: The Films of Philip Hoffman, Edited by Tom McSorley, Published by the Canadian Film Institute, 2008.

Contributors: Scott Birdwise, Rick Hancox, Mike Hoolboom, André Loiselle, Penny McCann, Tom McSorley, James Missen, Chris Robinson, Christopher Rohde

The book is provided online at The Canadian Film Institute official website.


  • Canadian Council for the arts
  • Viva Urban
  • Novotel Hotels
  • Ottawa Kiosk
  • Ontario arts council

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