TIFF Comes to Ottawa

Spoiler Alert: I love movies. I see about three a week and some people may find that to be a lot but it’s nothing compared to my schedule in September. Every year I descend upon the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and see about 35 – 40 movies in 11 days. The schedule is crazy and I love it. If you have never ventured to TIFF you should put it on your ‘to do list’. It has been the launching pad for movies like ‘Moonlight’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Room’ to name a few.

The wonderful Programming Team at TIFF are a group of people who do an outstanding job of selection a wide range of cinema that can appeal to all audiences.

For those of you in the Nation’s Capital who have yet to venture down the 401 to partake in TIFF we have great news for you, TIFF is coming to Ottawa!

From April 27 through the 30th TIFF will descend upon Ottawa as Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, presented by TIFF, comes to the National Gallery of Canada.

Five movies will be presented during this time (more on those below)

One of the great things about TIFF is that it not only shows movies but the attendee has the opportunity of taking part in Q&A’s after many screenings with the filmmakers  and this will be the case in Ottawa as well. Making the actors and directors so accessible is a staple of the TIFF experience.


April 27

Angry Inuk

This film examines the impact of seal-hunting in Canada and around the world.

After the screening there will be a bilingual Q&A with the filmmaker Althea Arnaquq-Baril and Natan Obed, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President.

April 28

Old Stone

This tells the story of a taxi driver who accidentally hits a motorcyclist and drives the injured man to a hospital only to find he is legally responsible for the medical bills.

There will be a taped introduction by the filmmaker and a discussion with Piers Handling, the CEO of TIFF and a bilingual Q&A.

April 29

Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)

Rosie, is a young Canadian poet of Chinese and Persian descent, living in Vancouver who receives an invitation to a poetry festival in Iran.  She then embarks on a trip that will change her life.

There will an introduction by filmmaker Ann Marie-Fleming and after the film there will be discussion with Chris Robinson, Ottawa International Animation Festival Artistic Director, and giveaways courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. Discussion in English with a bilingual Q&A.

 April 29


Director Anne Emond explores one of the most controversial writers in Quebec history Nelly Arcan.

After the film there will be a panel discussion on stage.

April 30

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves

This film is a study of youth and political dogma as it follows four middle-class radicals plotting violent revolution. A bilingual Q&A will follow the screening with filmmaker Simon Lavoie.

National Gallery Members Individual – $9
National Gallery Members Festival Pass – $40
General Admission – $12
Festival Pass – $55

In addition to the Juno Awards, Grey Cup and many more festivities, this another that proves that Ottawa is the place to be in 2017!

Stay tuned to Ottawa Life for more coverage of this event.

For more information and show times please go to http://www.gallery.ca/tiff/en/