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The CFI Moves Programming Online
April 22 - July 31, -

Dear CFI supporter,

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy during this challenging time.

As you have heard, the City of Ottawa has closed all of its facilities until June 30, which means we won't be able to present the African, Greek, and Israeli film festivals in June. We are disappointed at this development, of course, but this the reality we face right now.

There is some good news, though! Stay tuned for some exciting new online content coming your way very soon, including an online version of our Canadian guest artist series, The Enlightened Screen.

But first, you can enjoy a program of Canadian independent animation with our touring program EyeCANdy. This 77 minute program serves up a sample dish of the wild, provocative, poignant and mildly insane visions of Canada’s brightest contemporary animation artists. It will be available to watch online from April 29 - May 5. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Read the program book and purchase your ticket here:


National Canadian Film Day is today, Wednesday, April 22! As we cannot host an event this year, we recommend checking out #CanFilmDay Live
this evening on YouTube
or Facebook
. Get ready for an evening of your favourite Canadians in film! See the schedule and guests:

And if you're looking for more Canadian films to watch today (when aren't you, right?), you can see our most recent Canadian Master, Peter Mettler's films at the online Visions du Réel retrospective of his work. The films are free (if you register for the distributor's site and share on Facebook) until May 2, and include a masterclass with Mettler on May 1. Check out the Visions du Réel website for more details:

In addition to the amazing opportunity to watch Peter Mettler's work for free, go to
to uncover a comedic gem from 1985, 90 Days. It's directed by late, great Canadian filmmaker Giles Walker (he succumbed to cancer on March 23rd). Known primarily for his documentary work, Walker broke through as a fiction filmmaker with 90 Days, a comedy about two middle-aged men in search of love: one tries the conventional route; the other, a mail order bride. It's offbeat romantic comedy, Canadian style.


Members, please note that due to our inability to present our usual programming for the months March-August 2020, all CFI memberships valid in March 2020 will have six months added to their expiry date. (Cards are always valid until the last day of the month of expiry.)

Expiry date March 2020 now expires September 2020
Expiry date April 2020 now expires October 2020
Expiry date May 2020 now expires November 2020
Expiry date June 2020 now expires December 2020
Expiry date July 2020 now expires January 2021
Expiry date August 2020 now expires February 2021
Expiry date September 2020 now expires March 2021
Expiry date October 2020 now expires April 2021
Expiry date November 2020 now expires May 2021
Expiry date December 2020 now expires June 2021
Expiry date January 2021 now expires July 2021
Expiry date February 2021 now expires August 2021
Expiry date March 2021 now expires September 2021

Please do not write on your membership cards. We will be making the changes in our membership file and, at future events, the volunteers and box office staff who check membership cards for validity will know about the six month extension.