Behind the Screen at Calgary Film

Posted on September 6, 2017

This morning, the Calgary International Film Festival, presented by ATB Financial, announced the schedule for its beloved Behind the Screen series – pulling back the curtain on just what it takes to make a film, and connecting Calgarians with the people behind the movies. 

“From intimate conversations with renowned filmmakers, actors and composers to road trips to visit Alberta film locations and special effects creators, this year’s Behind the Screen series offers in-depth insights,” said Steve Schroeder, the Executive Director of the Calgary International Film Festival. “Anyone who wants to know more about how films are made, especially here in Alberta, should make these events part of their film festival schedule.”

Behind the Screen, now in its second year, is a revamp of the festival’s former industry series. In 2016, attendance for the inaugural series more than doubled, to 1,026 in 2016, up from 428 the year before.

The 10 events, listed below, include a conversation with Daily Show alum Jason Jones, who is currently in Calgary shooting THE DETOUR. Another notable, the Canadian composer of FROZEN, Christophe Beck, a guest of the film festival for his part in SCORE: A MUSIC FILM DOCUMENTARY will join local composers for a panel on scoring feature films. Oscar-nominated playwright and filmmaker David Hare, the writer of Calgary Film Selection WALL, will also participate in a conversation.

Best of all? Many of the Behind the Screen events are free, with no ticket required. Click here for further details about this year’s Behind the Screen Series.

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Behind the Screen 2017 Series 

THIS SOUNDS AMAZING:  CREATING A FILM SCORE
Featuring Christophe Beck (FROZEN and the Calgary International Film Festival selection SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY) and a panel of invited composers.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30 pm
Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Free, no ticket required

IN CONVERSATION WITH JASON JONES
Jason Jones, a Canadian actor and producer, is well known for his work on THE DAILY SHOW. He is currently shooting THE DETOUR in Calgary. Join him for a moderated conversation to learn what life has been like since making the move from Hamilton, Ontario to LA.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 5:00 pm
Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Free, no ticket required

ON LOCATION PANEL:  SECRETS OF ALBERTA’S FILM LOCATIONS
Veteran location managers from Alberta will offer festival attendees an inside look at location scouting and management.
Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:00 pm
Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Free, no ticket required 

IN CONVERSATION WITH DAVID HARE
Playwright and filmmaker David Hare is best known for his stage work, but he is also a two-time Academy Award nominee (Best Adapted Screenplay) for THE HOURS, and THE READER. He is in Calgary for the World Premiere of WALL, a feature-length animated film he wrote and stars in, directed by Calgary’s Cam Christiansen.
Sunday, Sept. 24, 3:30 pm
Cineplex Eau Claire 3
Free, no ticket required

CONNECTED: CANADIAN FILM CENTRE DISCUSSION
The Canadian Film Centre has become a launching pad for many impressive careers. Alberta-based alumni with projects in the festival and their co-creators will discuss their experiences at CFC.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30 pm
At Paper St
Free, no ticket required

GET ANIMATED WITH THE NFB
Meet three local filmmakers whose animated projects WALL and SKIN FOR SKIN were created in two very different processes with the NFB.
Wednesday, Sept.27, 5:30 pm
At Paper St
Free, no ticket required

SO YOU WANNA BE IN PICTURES: CASTING DIRECTORS
We are pulling back the curtain on perhaps the most critical role in filmmaking - the casting director.
Sept. 28, 5:30 pm
At Paper St
Free, no ticket required

WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS
If you've ever wanted to be a woman in the director's chair, behind the camera, or in the writers' room, this is the panel for you.
Friday, Sept. 29, 5:30 pm
At Globe upstairs
Free, no ticket required 

BLEEDING ART INDUSTRIES: WYNONNA EARP SPFX TOUR
A limited number of guests will head to the Wynonna studio to experience firsthand the SPFX, prosthetics and creatures they created for the SyFy/Space series. 
Friday, Sept. 29, 6:30 pm
At Bleeding Arts Industries
Tickets:  $10 

FILM LOCATION ROADTRIP AND BARBECUE
Join us on this awesome bus trip to some of the most cinematic spaces in southern Alberta. The trip will include a screening of the Alberta-produced show TIN STAR at the High River Theatre.  
Sunday Oct.1, 10:00 am
At High River
$25 

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TRAILER PARTY
Back by popular demand! Everyone is invited to our Trailer Party this Friday, September 8, to preview all the films from this year's lineup. From documentaries and shorts to foreign comedies and horror, we'll be slapping it all together into a neat little package and showing everything at Globe Cinema. Stop in after work – the red carpet starts at 3:00 pm, with doors open at 4:00 pm.           

TICKETS
Full festival passes, ticket packages and single tickets to all films are now on sale at calgaryfilm.com. The Eau Claire Box Office is now open. This year’s festival runs from September 20 – October 1.

PROGRAM & SCHEDULE
Find the program and schedule online at calgaryfilm.com. Check back often – we will continue to add films and encore screenings for the festival’s most popular titles.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FAST
Please head to calgaryfilm.com/industry to apply for accreditation. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link. The deadline for application is September 6, 2017.

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