September 21 – October 2, 2016

Early Bird Passes and Ticket Packages Now On Sale

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. CIFF is now the largest film festival in Alberta, and is the sixth largest in Canada. 

Mark your calendars for the following key events happening as part of the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival. 

Late Shows Announcement & Screening
Sunday August 14, 8 PM @ Ship & Anchor Pub
CIFF will be announcing the lineup for the Late Show series at a special screening event at our Series Sponsor Ship & Anchor!

Festival Launch 
Wednesday, September 7, 12 PM @ Eau Claire Market (Centre Court)
Over the lunch hour we'll be announcing the full festival lineup & special guests. CIFF's Festival Box Office at Eau Claire opens this day and single tickets to all films go on sale.

Trailer Party
Friday, September 9, 4-7 PM @ Globe Cinema
Join us at the Globe Cinema for our first ever trailer party! Stop by after work for a Big Rock Beer, watch some film trailers, and get to know the 2016 festival lineup. Please note that this event is licensed (+18).

Festival runs September 21 – October 2, 2016

Opening Gala
Wednesday, September 21 @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Shining a light on marquee films, the Calgary International Film Festival's galas celebrate the year’s highest accomplishments with a screening and a party. The Opening Gala is the largest and highest profile event of the festival. Save the date for our big kick-off event, which includes guests from the film walking the red carpet, live entertainment, and a post screening after party. 

Canadian Gala 
Thursday, September 22 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen + Culture
A celebration of all the things that make our country great – from sea to sea to sea. See one of Canada's most inspiring, diverse, and promising films to hit the festival circuit this year.

Youth by Youth Cinema Showcase
Saturday, September 24 @ TELUS Spark
This event showcases projects created by youth filmmakers (grades 4-12), with a screening and an awards presentation.

Alberta Spirit
Sunday September 25 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen +Culture
Alberta is a hotbed for the film industry, with projects large and small dotting the landscape. Join us in celebrating our homegrown talent with the 2016 Alberta Spirit selection of the Top 10 Alberta short films.

Green Carpet Gala 
Tuesday, September 27 @ Globe Cinema
Highlighting an acclaimed environmental film, the Green Carpet gala celebrates sustainability.

Black Carpet Gala
Thursday, September 29 @ Globe Cinema
Always a CIFF favourite, the Black Carpet gala features a high-profile genre film (horror, fantasy or thriller) - and is followed by one of the best and most unusual parties of the festival.

Showcase Alberta: Celebrating a Decade of Heartland
Saturday, October 1 @ Flames Central
Celebrate remarkable achievements in Alberta’s screen industry with this special event. Join the Calgary International Film Festival for a kick-off party celebrating the longest-running hour-long drama in the history of Canadian television: HEARTLAND.

Closing Gala
Sunday, October 2 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen +Culture
CIFF wraps the festival with a significant Alberta film and one final party.

Festival Wrap Conference
Wednesday, October 5, 12 PM @ Globe Cinema
Join us at Globe Cinema where we will announce our 2016 award winners and highlights of the festival. 


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Getting Around

By Transit

  • Eau Claire Market: Riding either the Blue (69th Street/Saddletowne) or Red (Crowfoot/Somerset-Bridlewood) lines, CTrain passengers can access the Eau Claire Market by getting off at the 3rd or 4th Street stations. Eau Claire is a 10-minute walk north, along 2nd Street.
  • Globe Cinema: Riding either the Blue (69th Street/Saddletowne) or Red (Crowfoot/Somerset-Bridlewood) lines, CTrain passengers can access the Globe Cinema by getting off at the 7th Street station. The Cinema is a 4-minute walk south.

By Car

  • Eau Claire Market is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street SW.
  • The Globe Cinema is located on 8th Avenue SW, between 5th and 6th Street.


  • Eau Claire Market provides plenty of above and below ground parking. Affordable evening and weekend rates start at 5 p.m. Street parking is also available around the market. Note that Eau Claire Market underground parking is now $3.25, credit only.  
  • Street parking is available outside the Globe Cinema, and is free after 6 p.m. every day, and all day on Sundays. The city provides various parking lots throughout the downtown core, with evening rates beginning at 4 p.m.

Ticket & Box Office Information

Ticket prices 

General Admission – $15

Student and Senior – $13  (With valid ID, seniors 65+)

Galas & Special Events – $25-$45 depending on event (includes a screening & after party)

Ticket packages and passes – Starting at $115 

Doc Soup Subscriptions$68

*All prices include GST and service charges. Group ticket sales available – contact With a ticket, seating is guaranteed up to 15 minutes before the start of a film. There will be no entry 15 minutes after show time. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets. Times and locations are subject to change.

*The Festival Box Office located on the main floor of Eau Claire Market opens September 7, 2016



Main Festival Venues
Cineplex Eau Claire Cinemas 200 Barclay Parade SW
Globe Cinema – 617 8 Avenue SW

Gala & Special Event Venues
Jack Singer Concert Hall – 
205 8 Ave SE
Theatre Junction GRAND – 
608 1 St SW
Flames Central – 219 8 Ave SW




Getting Here

By Air

All flights to Calgary arrive at the Calgary International Airport. Upon arrival, many hotels provide shuttle services between the downtown core and airport. There are also options to hire a taxi, limo or purchase a ticket on a private shuttle service.

By Rail

While there is no consistent train travel into Calgary, various independent tour providers run specialty train service between Canada’s biggest cities and Calgary. Click here for more information about Visiting the City of Calgary.

By Car

Attendees arriving by car will take either the Queen Elizabeth II highway (running north to south), or the Trans-Canada highway (running east to west). Calgary is a three-hour drive from the Montana border, and about 3 hours south of Edmonton.