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Aurora Borealis screens best short films from around the country

By Jean McLernon on August 25, 2014

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival.

Tomorrow night is a very special screening for the Ottawa International Film Festival and the City of Ottawa. The city holds many events throughout the summer, and one of its last special events for the season is a film screening. The screening will consist of family friendly films to celebrate cinema in the Capital in partnership with the City of Ottawa, CUPE and the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) for Aurora Borealis: Canadian Cinema Under the Stars

CFI and OIFF will be working together to bring some of the best short films from around the country to Marion Dewar Plaza Tuesday, August 26th. Beginning at 8pm, all ages are welcome to bring a lawn chair and some non-perishable food donations for the Ottawa Food Bank to the park for some Cinema under the Stars. CFI will be presenting both short Canadian Animation features as well as the silent film Back to Gods Country which was made in 1919. The Independant Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa will also be showcasing three short films from local filmmakers Sara Tedford, Sasha Vreca, and Carmelo Zucco. Local talent in the film industry is drastically under-represented, something that IFCO and OIFF love to work on changing. So many short films fly under the radar, and a great platform to see some of those films are small screenings like Cinema Under the Stars.

OIFF will be showing two short films from this year’s 72 Hour Film Challenge where local filmmakers were given a bag of props and 72 hours to come up with a short film under 15 minutes. The films shown tomorrow night will be #OIFF72 2014 winner Encore by Jonathan Kischel, and The Proposal by Curtis Dickie. This outdoor screening is the last OIFF event this year before its annual Film Festival this October. It will be running from the 16th-19th of October at the Mayfair Theatre, and tickets can be purchased on OIFF’s website starting in September.

This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on a weeknight and enjoy local culture, film and the last of the summer nights. Want more info on summer activities around the city? Try here. Looking for more information on The Ottawa International Film Festival?  Follow them @ottawafilmfest or check out their Facebook.