Thursday, November 18, 2010

European Union Film Festival 2010, starts today in Toronto and Ottawa

Tonight is the opening night for two Canadian editions of the European Union Film Festival. the traveling film festival of European cinema. One takes place in Toronto while the other is in the nation's capital Ottawa. The Toronto edition opens with the Belgian film The Barons and runs until November 30, while the Ottawa edition also starts with a Belgian film The Perfect Match and spills into the next month and wraps up December 5. Vancouver has their own European Union Film Festival, which begins next week and runs from November 26-December 9. Although there is a lot of overlap in the selection, there are slight differences in the programming. All three will show 23 or more films, generally one from each of the European Union countries which submitted a film. 

The Ottawa and Vancouver festivals are partnered at the website The Toronto festival has a separate website, but it has the added benefit of being a free festival. They accept donations at each screening, however it isn't mandatory.

European Union Film Festival 2010 – Toronto

November 18 – 30 @ The Royal, 608 College Street
22 Films from 21 Countries

Festival Schedule

The European Union Film Festival is a unique cultural collaboration of European Union Consulates and Cultural Institutes in Toronto featuring 22 films from 21 countries in 2010; with Free Admission to all Films! The Festival celebrates cinematic excellence with national and international award-winning films including, Jan Svankmajer’s new film Surviving Life (Venice International Film Festival 2010), Czech Republic; Little White Lies (Toronto International Film Festival 2010 Gala), France, The Confession (Student Academy Awards, Winner Honorary Foreign Film 2010) and Disco and Atomic War (Hot Docs 2010), both from Estonia; and The Robber (Berlin International Film Festival 2008), Austria.

Special Events:

All Will be Well, Poland: Sunday November 21 @ 8:30pm
Polish Film Festival Gdynia 2009: Winner Best Actor; Montevideo DiverCine 2008
Polish Actor Robert Wieckiewicz, in Attendance!

Human Rights in Europe: A still open discussion? Revisiting the Balkans & the Hague
Saturday November 27 @ 4:30 pm.
Panel Discussion Organized by the Goethe-Institut
Human Rights activist and legal expert Mirja Trilsch, worked at The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague and will discuss special circumstances around women’s rights and how effectively it has faced the challenge of holding individuals responsible for modern-day crimes against humanity. Canadian Professor of Philosophy Mark Kingwell will weigh in from a philosophical and cultural perspective.

This Panel Discussion is in Association with the screening of the German film following the panel:
Storm: Saturday November 27@ 6:00pm
Berlin International Film Festival 2009, German Film Awards 2010

Tickets given out 1 hour before each Film
First-come First-serve Basis
All Films 18 and Over
All Films Subtitled in English   

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25th European Union Film Festival in Ottawa
25th European Union Film Festival

18 NOV - 5 DEC 2010
Welcome to number 25!

Suddenly, somehow, we have arrived at the quarter-century mark for the European Union Film Festival. All those films, all those speeches, all those receptions. It’s been quite a voyage. And, to borrow from a  Federico Fellini film title, the ship sails on!

It has been an incredible cinematic journey. The EUFF has featured films by some of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Europe and, indeed, in the history of cinema (for every film shown in the festival, please consult the CFI printed programme, or click on the large title bar at the top of this page featuring the 25th EUFF). By the time the 25th edition of EUFF concludes, since the first edition in 1984, Ottawa audiences will have seen over 400 national capital premieres of films from the European Union.

It has been an exciting, inspiring, culturally enriching partnership between the CFI, the EU member states, the EU Delegation to Canada, and the Library and Archives Canada -- not to mention our extraordinary partnership with the local film-going public, which for decades has flocked to the festival by the thousands.  We are very grateful for our community’s support of our work to bring the best of the European Union’s cinema to Canada’s capital.

Thanks to everybody who has helped us to build this remarkable event. Have a great EUFF 2010!

Tom McSorley
Executive Director
Canadian Film Institute

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