About Us

Our Story

What inspires us? Seeing the world in a new light. Sharing the best visual stories from our backyard and around the globe. Welcoming new friends and ideas. A great party.

The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes, and has been named “one of the top 25 film festivals in the world worth your entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.

Our Mission

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is an 11-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations. We host a large number of participating filmmakers from our backyard and round the world and connect them with the audience through post-screening question and answer periods, mingling at our events, and through panels and film talks open to the general public.

Each year’s line-up is presented in series that group CIFF’s offerings into easily identifiable categories including Canadian, American and World Cinema, Documentaries, Late Shows and Shorts. We also present a number of awards to outstanding films selected by our audiences and esteemed juries.

In addition to the festival, CIFF presents Doc Soup, a six-month screening series of award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films presented in conjunction with the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.

Our Impact

CIFF exists to transform the way visual stories are shared and experienced. We discover and share the best and most remarkable, especially those that would not otherwise be seen.

We champion filmmakers, especially new voices, for the delight and benefit of the audience, to whom we are a guide and provider of the best stories, presented within a remarkable festival environment.

CIFF’s vision emphasizes discovery. We are proud to be the first to debut and give exposure to new filmmakers, particularly championing and fostering Alberta’s own creative voices. Highlighting their work alongside that of established contemporaries, we celebrate the new energy and ideas they bring to the future of the art form, and make them an integral part of the exciting milieu of the festival.

The Board of Directors

  • James Pettigrew | President
  • Domenic Venturo | Past President
  • Joe Novak | Vice President
  • Peter Wallis | Secretary
  • Gary Davies | Acting Treasurer
  • Yvonne Chapman | Director
  • Brent Buechler | Director
  • Andrea Cattaneo | Director
  • Teresina Bontorin | Director
  • Darren Zwack | Director
  • Neil Campbell | Director
  • Murray Ord | Director
  • Daniel Doz | Director
  • Doug Wong | Director
  • Lisha Hassanali | Director
  • Debra Ross | Director
  • Janice Harrington | Director

Staff

Executive Director

Steve Schroeder

Operations Manager

Karolina Gajewska

Business Development Manager

Jennifer Cecconi

Communications and Marketing

Laura Carlson

Marketing and Publicity

Erin Bacon

Senior Features Programmer

Brenda Lieberman

Senior Features Programmer

Bruce Fletcher

Technical Screening Coordinator

Cole Binder

Box Office

Katarzyna Gajewska