Featuring a line-up of more than 200 multi-genre feature and short films shot locally and around the world, the 17th annual Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is testament to the diversity and quality of work coming out of our city.
The 12-day festival – Sept. 21 – Oct. 2– is the largest film festival in Alberta and sixth largest in Canada. There will be 100 features and 110 shorts screened at various theatres during the festival.
In 2015, CIFF set an attendance record with 35,000 moviegoers.
In addition to many Calgary productions, attendees at this year’s festival can see films from over 40 countries, walk the red carpets, attend galas and workshops, and get a sneak peek at new features, short films and documentaries.
On Sept. 24, there is an opportunity to tour the new Calgary Film Centre as part of CIFF’s Behind the Screen series.
Among the productions from Calgary filmmakers, crews and locations screening this year are:
Burn Your Maps is a family feature film shot in and around Calgary – screening Sept. 23 and Oct. 1. Co-written and directed by Jordan Roberts, whose credits include co-writing March of the Penguins, it stars Room’s highly acclaimed young Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay.
Miracle on Christmas Lake is a local feature film that captures the beauty and picturesque quality of Calgary and surrounding areas – Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 – shot by Aaron Bernatkevitch, director John Kissack and producers Sandra Quinn and Jayson Therrien.
Considering Love and Other Magic is a family feature film – Sept. 27 and Oct. 2 - a story about the magic of friendship from Calgary filmmaker Dave Schultz.
The Van Helsing TV series premieres at a Black Carpet Gala – Sept. 29 – and is produced by Chad Oakes and Michael Frislev of Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures who are responsible for the award-winning Fargo and Hell on Wheels.
Heartland, the longest-running hour-long drama in the history of Canadian TV celebrates delighting fans worldwide for more than a decade with an advance screening of the Season 10 premiere and celebration – Oct. 1 at the Showcase Alberta event – from Calgary’s Rescued Horse Season 10 Inc. crew.
Chokeslam is a comedic tale of reconnecting with your high school crush wraps the festival at the Closing Gala – Oct. 2 – and is latest feature film from Calgary’s award-winning director and screenwriter Robert Cuffley.
Incontrol is a dramatic sci-fi thriller – Sept. 24 – filmed mostly in and around Calgary by rising young director/writer/producer Kurtis David Harder.
Stephen Hair is a short documentary playing as part of the Alberta Spirit series –Calgarian Stephen Hair shares the passion behind his theatre career as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol", a role which he has played for 20 years.
Screenings and events are selling out. Go to the CIFF website for tickets and more information.