Genie Week in Ottawa began with enthusiastic crowds at several weekend film screenings and is expected to continue through to the awards ceremony on Saturday at the Canada Aviation Museum.

Free lunch-hour screenings of Canada’s best short film documentaries start today and run all week except Thursday at the National Library and Archives at 395 Wellington St.

“Brown bag it. Bring your lunch,” said Marilyne Guèvremont, media relations officer for the National Capital Commission, which is helping run the events.

Starting at noon, members of the public can see 90 minutes worth of short films nominated for Best Live Action Short Drama and Best Animated Short.

People in the area of LeBreton Flats at night should keep an eye open for gigantic projections of the Genie logo on the Canadian War Museum and the Willson Carbide building on Victoria Island, Guèvremont said.

The screening of Passchendaele on Saturday at the war museum was full, and another screening on Friday at the Diefenbunker (Canada’s Cold War Museum) has already sold out.

“Turnout has been amazing,” she said.