The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world.
The CFI’s mandate is to encourage and promote the production, diffusion, study, appreciation, and use of moving images for cultural and educational purposes in Canada and abroad. In addition to organizing ongoing public film programming, distributing a small collection of films, and publishing books and monographs on various aspects of Canadian cinema, the CFI presents a regular public programme of contemporary, historical, and international cinema in the National Capital region. It also curates and circulates a number of its film series to various cinémathèques in other cities across Canada.