EU Film Festival
The European Union Film Festivals in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver are an opportunity to experience Europe through the moving image. In a sense, to visit Europe without the jetlag!
As a rule European films have social content – and thus often a message. Many of the films in the Festivals treat very timely questions of the day – dealing with current challenges facing European society. European films can be highly political and/or culturally engaging – as well as artistic – sometimes even masterpieces! This is probably why European cinema is so appealing and so well received in Canada.
The diplomatic missions of the Member States of the European Union have been screening European films in Ottawa for twenty-five years. They are delighted to promote European culture, and in this particular case the latest in European cinema.
When the European Union Film Festival in Ottawa started in 1984 there were just ten Member States. We now consist of 27 Member States and thus span an even greater wealth of languages and cultures – not just from north to south, but from west to east.
The Festival in Ottawa continues thanks to the cooperation and support of the Canadian Film Institute and Library and Archives Canada, as well as the EU Member States and their film industry and institutes, and not least the faithful movie buffs in Ottawa who each year loyally come out to see the new offering of European movies.
In Toronto the EU Film Festival is organized by the EU Member State Consulates and cultural institutes. In Vancouver the Festival is organized by the EU Member State Consulates and the Pacific Cinematheque.
The EU Film Festivals are held in November/December, at which time more information is available at: