Canadian 2021 European Union Film Festival

EXPERIENCE EUROPE WITHOUT THE JETLAG AT THE 2021 VIRTUAL EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

The 2021 European Union Film Festival builds on the success of last year’s virtual format to provide nation-wide access to some of the best films Europe has to offer, including a number of women and BIPOC directors, documentaries, and LGBTQ2+ films

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Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC – October 20, 2021 – The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) returns online, from November 12 to 28 for its 2021 edition. This year’s festival provides cinephiles across Canada with access to works from some of Europe’s top talent, including a number of North American film premieres. 

After the success of the 2020 virtual EUFF, the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), The Cinematheque in Vancouver, and the European Union Film Festival of Toronto have reunited to organize and host the 2021 virtual edition. As in the past, the festival is also hosted in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the diplomatic missions of European Union Member States. Together, these partnerships provide a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultures of each European Union Member State across Canada all from the comfort of one’s own home.

The 2021 edition of the EUFF kicks off with comedy-thriller, Inventory, the debut feature from Slovenian director Darko Sinko. This film sets the bar for the quality of films that audiences will find at this year’s festival. Ranging from dramedy to documentary to fantasy, the diverse selection at the 2021 virtual EUFF has something for everyone. In addition to the films themselves, the festival will present interviews with a number of filmmakers whose works are being screened at the 2021 edition.

Audiences will have access to each film “live” online for a 48-hour period. This format allows for the time and opportunity to enjoy each work. All films are presented in their original languages with English, and in some cases, French subtitles.

Festival passes are $100 CAD, tickets are available for purchase at $12 CAD per ticket. For tickets, passes, and additional information on the 2021 virtual EUFF, visit https://www.euffonline.ca/welcome.

Quotes

  • “For a second consecutive year, the Delegation of European Union to Canada, the embassies, consulates and cultural institutes of EU Member States have joined forces with the Canadian Film Institute, the European Union Film Festival in Toronto and The Cinematheque in Vancouver to bring an exclusive collection of films from different corners of Europe. We would like to thank everyone who makes this festival – and this unprecedented collaboration – possible,” says Dr. Melita Gabrič, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada. “We are delighted to be able to continue this decades-long tradition and highlight the best of contemporary European cinema in Canada.”
  • “Once again, we are excited to offer this amazing online film festival to people in the three host cities of Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto and, for a second consecutive year, to all Canadians across the country,” says Canadian Film Institute Executive Director Tom McSorley, whose organization founded the Festival in 1984. “The EUFF is always a great opportunity to get in some substantial pre-holiday season cinematic travel to more than two dozen European Union destinations. We hope you enjoy your travels. Bon voyage and bon cinéma!”
  • “The Cinematheque in Vancouver is proud to join with our national partners in co-presenting, for a second year, this online, Canada-wide version of the European Union Film Festival. The Cinematheque has had the pleasure of hosting the EUFF on Canada’s west coast since 1998, and it has long been one of our most popular events, cherished by film lovers for its celebration of the richness and diversity of contemporary cinema in the European Union. When COVID-19 forced us to adopt a virtual model in 2020, it was a delight to discover audience enthusiasm undiminished and viewership expanded! We look forward to another great festival this year, and are grateful to the Canadian-based representatives of the European Union and its member states for their ongoing support and collaboration,” says Jim Sinclair, Executive and Artistic Director of The Cinematheque.
  • “The EUFF in Toronto has been shaping the cinematic culture of our multicultural city with rich and diverse programming for the last 17 years. Until COVID, 8000+ people stood in line in Little Italy each year, rain or shine, to get a chance to see excellent films from across Europe. Last year, our audiences remained faithful as we brought the ‘crème de la crème ‘ of EU cinema online for the first time. We are very excited to announce the line-up of the festival’s second online edition and extend the opportunity to access a unique cinema to all Canadians, from the comfort of their homes”, says Jérémie Abessira, Executive Director of the EUFF Toronto.

Thank you to our major sponsors The Charming Taste of Europe and Italian National Tourist Board ENIT for their generous support.

About the Canadian Film Institute

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to inspiring audiences and helping them discover the world of cinema. It also works to connect them with artists and with their communities. It was incorporated in 1935 and is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world.

The CFI organizes several annual international film festivals, including the Ottawa International Animation Festival (September), the European Union Film Festival (Nov/Dec), the Bright Nights (Feb), the African Film Festival (June), and the Latin American Film Festival (April/May). It also brings Canadian cinematic talent to the City with Café Ex, The Enlightened Screen and Canadian Masters.

Learn more about the Canadian Film Institute by visiting: https://www.cfi-icf.ca/.

About The Cinematheque 

The Cinematheque, founded in 1972, is a film institute and media education centre in Vancouver devoted to understanding the art and history of Canadian and international cinema and the impact of moving images and screen-based media in our lives. Public activities include a year-round calendar of curated film exhibitions devoted to important classic and contemporary films and filmmakers; and an array of community outreach programs offering interactive learning opportunities in film appreciation, filmmaking, media literacy, and critical thinking. 

Learn more about The Cinematheque by visiting: https://thecinematheque.ca/.

About the European Union Film Festival in Toronto

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) in Toronto, a not-for-profit organization, strives to reflect the excellence, innovation, and diversity of European cinema in Toronto, one of the world’s most multicultural cities. Founded in 2004 as a salve to Hollywood monotony, this free festival has grown to showcase dozens of contemporary films drawn from each of the EU’s member countries. The EUFF is a unique festival that brings together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration. Represented countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. 

Learn more about the European Union Film Festival in Toronto by visiting: http://euffto.com/.

About the European Union Delegation to Canada

Established in 1976, the European Union Delegation to Canada is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and, as such, the natural contact point in Canada between the EU and the Canadian authorities. It also has a strong public diplomacy mandate designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the European Union as well as EU-Canada relations.

Learn more about the European Union Delegation to Canada by visiting: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/canada_en.

Media Contacts

Canadian Film Institute

Christina Frolova-Gregory, Media Coordinator

media@cfi-icf.ca

The Cinematheque Vancouver

Lizzie Brotherston, Communications & Marketing Manager

lizzie@thecinematheque.ca

The European Union Film Festival of Toronto

Zoltan Huber, Media Coordinator  

huber.zoltan@gmail.com

Delegation of the European Union to Canada

Diodora Bucur, Press Officer

Diodora.Bucur@eeas.europa.eu

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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