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Ottawa Film

OTTAWA LOVES CINEMA

From cutting edge modern cinema to international film, from alternative documentaries to 20th-century classics, the people of Ottawa have a passion for film!  With several film festivals and a variety of film events throughout the year, there is always something for the film buff to enjoy in our capital.



Are you a film enthusiast? Check out our Independent Movie Listings  page, featuring current showtime schedules! 

Film Appreciation In Ottawa

Canadian Film Institute

CFI screenings take place year-round at the Library and Archives Auditorium and at Club SAW in Arts Court. The CFI is devoted to the production and appreciation of cinematic arts in Canada, with a rich program of Canadian-made documentary, feature-length and short films. Additionally. they host Ottawa's European Union Film Festival each year, bringing the best in European cinema to a Canadian audience.

Cinema Politica at University of Ottawa

Cinema Politica brings political cinema to campuses and communities across Canada and around the world. The Ottawa Cinema Politica runs alternative documentary films and moderates a post-film discussion every Friday evening during the academic term.

The Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative of Ottawa

IFCO began as the result of a small, enthusiastic group of up-and-coming filmmakers. The organization provides local filmmakers with facilities, training, grants and funding to make independent films. It has supported the creating of over 200 independent productions to date.

Ottawa Film Society

Canada's oldest film society is still just as enthusiastic and passionate about cinema as it was over 70 years ago!  Presenting a variety of screenings including an international film series and French-language cinema.

SAW Video

Dedicated to independent media arts in the capital, SAW events include film screenings as well as classes and workshops for media arts enthusiasts. SAW hosts the Médiathèque portal, where you can watch over 300 Canadian independent films and videos online. SAW Video is also a proud sponsor of Ottawa's LGBT film festival, Inside Out

Centretown Movies

The Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival is run by volunteers and takes place each summer in Dundonald Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy a film in the open air!  

Ottawa International Animation Festival

The largest festival of its kind in North America, the OIAF attracts film buffs, art lovers, filmmakers, and cartoon fans from around the world. Screenings take place all over the city, including the ByTowne Cinema, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and  Empire Theatres.

One World Film Festival

Sponsored by World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM), this festival highlights global issues of all kinds, raising awareness while celebrating the power of film. WIAM works with Canadian human rights organizations to further public education about the problems facing the global community.    

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