27 European Union films have their Ottawa premieres at the EU Film Festival

From November 16 to 26 2023, the European Union Film Festival brings contemporary filmmaking from the European Union to Canada’s capital. 

OTTAWA, November 7, 2023 – The 38th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) features the Ottawa premieres of 28 films from the European Union. Taking place from November 16 to 26 at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Festival is hosted by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) with the support of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Canada. One film representing each of the 27 EU member states, as well as a special presentation of a feature film from Ukraine, will be screened at the Festival. This will be the first opportunity for Ottawa audiences to see all 28 films.

“For almost four decades, the EUFF has cinematically transported Ottawa audiences from the cold gray days of November to exciting and exotic European destinations,” says CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley. “The 38th edition of the EUFF does it again, featuring the Ottawa premiere of all 27 EU Member State films, so there is content never before seen in this city. The films are diverse, ranging from comedies to historical dramas, to daring documentaries.”

“On behalf of the European Union diplomatic community, I invite you to enjoy the best of contemporary European cinema in Canada. We are proud to present films from all 27 European Union Member States, an original collection of films exclusively curated for this festival,” said Dr. Melita Gabrič, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada.

The 38th edition of the Festival opens with the Spanish film Ramona, a lively romantic comedy and the debut feature of director Andrea Bagney. Stylish and irreverent, largely shot in black and white, the film is a clever homage to the French New Wave films of the 1960s. 

The CFI and EUFF continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The Festival closes with a screening of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, a comedy by director Antonio Lukich. Proceeds from this screening will benefit the Maple Hope Foundation, a Canadian not-for-profit organization committed to helping people affected by the war in Ukraine.

The EUFF schedule can be found on the CFI’s website. To order an EUFF pass or tickets, visit the Festival’s online box office.




About the Canadian Film Institute

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is a charitable organization that encourages and promotes the production, study, and appreciation of film in Canada and abroad. Incorporated in 1935, the CFI is the oldest film institute in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. 

The CFI organizes ongoing public film programming, artist talks, and several international film festivals, including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the International Film Festival of Ottawa, and the European Union Film Festival. For more information about the organization, visit the CFI’s website.

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