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Still from Neighbooor (Vecinooo) by Spanish filmmaker Paco León.

See Europe through Ottawa’s EU Short Film Festival—free screenings May 27 to 29

By Greggory Clark on May 26, 2021



The Ottawa-based Canadian Film Institute (CFI) has a long and rich tradition of offering international cinema screenings in the capital city. This weekend, the CFI hosts its eighth annual European Union Short Film Festival (EUSFF) which takes place from May 27–29 online. Tickets are free.

Hosted in collaboration with the EU Delegation in Canada, the festival showcases both established and emerging talent from more than twenty EU member states. The film selection always includes a range of styles from animation to documentaries, drama, and comedies. The festival is divided into three programs, one per day, each with its own distinct theme: Home, Transformation, and Discovery.

This year, EUSFF takes place online, which could reach an even wider audience than festival screenings in the “before times”, which regularly sold out the National Gallery of Canada theatre in past years.

“These 21 short films ranging from short drama to documentary to animation, will delight, amaze, disturb, and make you reflect,” says Tom McSorley, the CFI’s Executive Director. “As you’ll see, the EUSFF is an entertaining way to travel across the EU, as well as to discover some of the best young European filmmakers who will likely someday have their feature films appear at our EU Film Festival. Bon voyage!”

Visit for the complete lineup and schedule. The 8th European Union Short Film Festival will be screening online from May 27 to 29, 2021. Tickets are free.