This week in the Future of Ottawa, we are shining a light on film. Read on for Tom McSorley’s take on the present and future of film festivals. Tom McSorley is the Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute and teaches film studies at Carleton University.
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We’ve come a long way since our Weekend Roundup: social distancing edition was published around this time last year. This weekend, let’s focus on the positives… there’s a lot!
It’s take two for IFFO, the International Film Festival of Ottawa, which could not launch as planned in March 2020.
As always, the Weekend Roundup is here to offer up some suggestions for your weekend activities.
The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, EUFF Toronto, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver have joined forces to present the first-ever online edition of the European Union Film Festival in Canada.
IFFO was set to launch this past March when the pandemic hit. While the inaugural event is postponed until 2021, its film industry programming and discussion panels are moving online.
If you are seeking an opportunity to be intellectually challenged, looking for an escape, or entertainment, be sure to keep these events on your radar.
This is the festival’s 33rd year in Ottawa and while a lot has changed over the years perhaps this year’s biggest change will be in the venue.
There were 100 films selected from a record-setting 2,469 entries.
Latin American Film Festival will bring cinema from across Latin America to the Ottawa Art Gallery—05.09.18-05.31.18
Now in its 22nd year, the Latin American Film Festival will bring cinema from across Latin America to the Ottawa Art Gallery from May 9-31.
Admission is free and at 6:30pm the EU embassies serve complimentary food and drink samples.
BNFF 2018 screenings will take place from March 9–18 at Arts Court Theatre.
The Canadian Film Institute is looking for digitized visual recordings of celebrations, events and people living their lives in recognizable sites in the Ottawa area as part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations.
From a beer festival to a Baltic film festival to the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada, this weekend has it all! Don’t forget that Monday is Family Day which means a long weekend for many around the city. Get out there and enjoy!
The program includes 11 screenings of international feature-length films, Ottawa premieres, and world premieres by Canadian artists. An awards ceremony closes the festival on Sunday evening, December 4.