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IFFO, a new international film event in the nation’s capital, was set to launch this past March. While IFFO is postponed until 2021, its industry programming will move online this month. The IFFO Screen Summit is a 5-day event dedicated to strengthening and inspiring Ottawa’s growing screen-based industries while addressing topics relevant to all Canadian industry professionals.
From July 20 to 24, the IFFO Screen Summit Online will feature informative presentations, talks and networking events. This free event is made possible with the support of Ontario Creates. Check out the Live Screenings HERE!
THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF OTTAWA WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2021.
The red carpet will be rolling out for a major new film festival coming to Ottawa next year. Featuring high-profile celebrities, new films from across Canada and around the world, and professional development programming designed for Ottawa’s growing production industry.
Organized by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), the International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) will take place at venues across downtown Ottawa including the new Ottawa Art Gallery, and SAW Gallery.
The City of Ottawa is building its first soundstage campus (movie studios) and production creative hub, which will create upwards of 500 new jobs and invest an additional $40 million in the local economy in its first few years. Algonquin College is introducing a film production program to its roster of media studies and, in Spring 2021, Ottawa will host an event that not only celebrates new cinema but also the City’s commitment to growing the production sector.
The CFI organizes the City’s only major film festival, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). The OIAF attracts over 30K attendees and is one of the few prestigious Oscar-qualifying events, drawing Academy Award potentials annually. The CFI team identified the need to support this burgeoning sector, and will bring its expertise to IFFO creating the red carpet excitement of a high-profile film event.
The Canadian Film Institute
The Canadian Film Institute’s (CFI) mission is to encourage and promote the production, diffusion, study, appreciation and use of moving images for cultural and educational purposes in Canada and abroad. The CFI is a unique institution that organizes ongoing public film programming and artist talks, provides educational enhancements on its websites and publishes books and monographs on various aspects of Canadian and international cinema.
The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world.
PUBLIC PROGRAMMING ACTIVITIES
The CFI organizes several annual international film festivals, including the European Union Film Festival, Bright Nights, the African Film Festival, and the Latin American Film Festival. These international festivals are an incredible cultural asset for local audiences and filmmakers alike. CFI audiences are especially enthusiastic about events that are more than just screenings, that afford them opportunities to learn, share, and to interact with guest artists. Our main Canadian series (Café Ex, The Enlightened Screen and Canadian Masters), were specifically created to provide this enhanced programming; our international festivals also feature guest filmmakers from around the world encountering Canadian audiences and vice-versa.
The CFI’s largest annual festival is the widely respected Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Founded in 1976, it attracts audiences and filmmakers from across Canada and around the world. For Canadian filmmakers, the OIAF offers the chance have their work seen on an international stage, network, and participate in professional development activities. The OIAF reaches out to its audience with surveys and uses community advisors to help get ideas to enrich Festival programming.
International Film Festival Ottawa ⋅ (613) 232-6727
July 20 - July 24