TIFF Films at Calgary Film

While we like to represent the prairies and the west at our film festival, nobody can deny the tremendous buzz that follows a film fresh off the roster of the Toronto International Film Festival. Since their dates fall just before ours, we often have plenty of crossover films that make their way across the country in the intervening days. This allows us a preview of all the hottest films on the festival circuit, and helps us give our audiences what they want - solid entertainment and great stories!

Global Politics Reflected on Screen

World Cinema Programmer Sachin Gandhi explores how this year, more than ever, the world films playing at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival reflect contemporary economic, social and political realities.

Top 5 Festival Picks for the Undercover Intellect

We know, skimming through over 200 films can be fun but it can also be time consuming. That is why the Calgary International Film Festival has put a call out to our trusty community members, volunteers, and even a few local celebrities to develop their very own Top 5 "Must See" lists for the 2017 festival. Use these lists as a jumping off point for deciding on your own picks for the year, and hey - don't worry about cross-pollinating. Feel free to make your own top 10 lists from these top 10 lists, and more! 

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Filmmaker Q&A: EMO THE MUSICAL Director Neil Triffett

EMO THE MUSICAL is a tongue-in-cheek take on the musical for the goth kids. Featuring a cast of established young actors and barreling out of Australia with rave reviews, the film takes a darkly comic look at the politics and machinations of high school drama, while integrating an unexpected twist in the form of musical numbers.

Get Behind The Screen with Calgary Film

Watching films is a fantastic way to spend a couple hours. We know it, you know it, everyone knows it - that's why it's one of the most popular date night ideas and weekend activities. So when it comes to programming the film festival, how can we ensure that we go the extra mile to really deliver a one-of-a-kind experience? Well, we offer more than just the films - we go behind the screen to show you all the ways that stories go from the page to the projector!

Top 5 Festival Picks for the Fashion Forward

We know, skimming through over 200 films can be fun but it can also be time-consuming. That is why the Calgary International Film Festival has put a call out to our trusty community members, volunteers, and even a few local celebrities to develop their very own Top 5 "Must See" lists for the 2017 festival

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Calgary Film 101 - Back To School Basics

The long weekends of summer are behind us now, and as Labour Day disappears into the distance, it's time to look toward the weeks ahead. For many, this means heading back to school - either for themselves, or for their family and friends. Schooling takes up a large portion of our early lives, and as such, it's bound to appear in media from time to time. This year's Calgary International Film Festival is no exception, with a select group of films about school life - whether comical or dramatic, heartwarming or heartwrenching, these movies are sure to entertain our audiences.

Escape The End-of-Summer Blues

We just crossed into September, which is a bittersweet milestone every year: while the days are getting shorter and the nights are a little bit chillier with every passing week, this month also means that we are in the home stretch before the kickoff into the film festival. We know it can be hard to leave summer behind, so here are a few film recommendations to keep you in vacation mode for a little while longer.

Top 10 Festival Picks for the Average Vanguard

We know, skimming through over 200 films can be fun but it can also be time consuming. That is why the Calgary International Film Festival has put a call out to our trusty community members, volunteers, and even a few local celebrities to develop their very own Top 10 "Must See" lists for the 2017 festival. Use these lists as a jumping off point for deciding on your own picks for the year, and hey - don't worry about cross-pollinating. Feel free to make your own top 10 lists from these top 10 lists, and more! 

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Proud To Be At #CalgaryFilm

We're right in the midst of Pride Week here in Calgary, which runs from August 25 to September 4. With special events, awareness campaigns, and one of the biggest yearly parades in the city, it's a time for everyone to come together and celebrate love in all its forms. At the Calgary International Film Festival, we value inclusion, acceptance, and all the unique stories that filmmakers around the world have to tell. That's why we're proud to bring films that highlight stories from the LGBTQ community - love, drama, injustice, and all the rest, whether factual or fictional.

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