5TH WAVE ANNOUNCEMENT:
18 DOCUMENTARIES & MUSIC ON SCREEN FILMS
Just Announced: DOCUMENTARIES
Our Documentary Series offers an uncensored view of the real world: showcasing gripping, entertaining and enlightening stories from around the globe. This year’s documentary topics range from the refugee crisis to science and medicine, and the highly entertaining. Dive into our documentary series and be transported to another world for 90 minutes.
69 MINUTES OF 86 DAYS
A documentary told from the point of view of a three-year-old Syrian refugee as her family makes a months-long trek across Europe. Captivating and humanely told, 69 MINUTES OF 86 DAYS puts a face to one of the world's largest humanitarian problems while celebrating the survival of the human spirit.
BRIMSTONE AND GLORY
This beautifully-shot tribute to colour, fire and sound focuses on the major fireworks manufacturing city of Tultepec, Mexico. Director Viktor Jakovleski uses GoPros and a flying drone to capture the scene from high above, abstracting and widening the vista of the festival and taking viewers on a magical cinematic journey through the sparks and flames that ignite the night skies.
Ai Weiwei's beautifully shot documentary juxtaposes with the tragedy of its subjects: the mass refugee migrations of the Middle East. A project backed by Participant Media, HUMAN FLOW was filmed in 23 countries over the course of a year, chronicling the staggering breadth of the global refugee crisis.
THE LAST ANIMALS
Follow the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to save giant mammals from extinction. At times somber and sobering, and at others hopeful and illuminating in the face of darkening global odds, Brooks' honest look at the far-reaching and nebulous web of illegal animal trafficking shines a light on the subject like never before.
Calgary filmmaker Matt Embry meets fellow sufferers of multiple sclerosis and investigates treatment options in this documentary, which will have its world premiere at TIFF.
OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED
OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED celebrates the successes of Manitoba's Norway House Cree community as they turn back tragedy and reclaim their culture. Director Alanis Obomsawin, who attended the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival with her documentary WE CAN'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, is a celebrated figure in Canadian filmmaking.
PACMEN follows the failed presidential run of Ben Carson, showing us the people who placed their hopes for America on his shoulders. At one point polling ahead of Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, Carson made international headlines for his political gaffes and views.
Love them or hate them: rats are part of the urban fabric. RAT FILM is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat – as well as the humans who love them, live with them, and kill them – to explore the history of Baltimore.
REBELS ON POINTE
This joyous documentary follows Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company founded after the Stonewall riots. As REBELS ON POINTE follows Les Ballets from their first shows in crowded artist lofts to their international cult following, we're offered an inspiring look at how dance can break down barriers across cultures and political lines, one pirouette at a time.
SHUT UP AND SAY SOMETHING
Shane Koyczan's poetry has made him a Canadian icon. This documentary shows its role in reconciling him to his estranged father.
A SKIN SO SOFT
The newest film from experimental documentarian Denis Côté follows the lives of six bodybuilders as they train for their next competition. A film that at times blurs the boundaries between reality and performance, A SKIN SO SOFT is a haunting yet humane examination of beauty and masculinity.
Danny Houck, a self-described "nobody" living in rural Ohio, promises to recreate a legendary classical violin in just a few months. Focusing on a quirky character who has an over-the-top passion for classical music, the crowd-pleasing documentary has connected with audiences around the world – receiving both audience and jury awards at major festivals such as Slamdance and Hot Docs.
Afflicted at age 28 with a strange disease that leaves her bedridden, director Jennifer Brea tells her own story in this biographical doc. UNREST is an intimately raw and personal look at Jennifer's life who set out to create this film after realizing that such stories had never been told.
THE WORKER'S CUP
24 teams, drawn from the 1.6 million migrant workers building FIFA stadiums, compete for the unsung glory of the "Worker's Cup". With the illusion they might play (real) soccer dangled in front of them, hope and the love of the game keeps them going, despite their desperate and heartbreaking circumstances.
Just Announced: MUSIC ON SCREEN LINEUP
From the grassroots of rock n’ roll to hip-hop and folk and everything in between: the best of movies where music plays the starring role, read on to check out the selections of our popular Music on Screen Series.
In this inspiring documentary, a musician living on the streets of Los Angeles battles his personal demons through songwriting. As Ronald's path to sobriety takes unexpected turns, MIGHTY GROUND proves that music can heal by connecting people when they need it the most.
SOME OTHER GUYS
A look back at Liverpool's vibrant music scene in the 1960s, centred around the rise and fall of the band The Big Three. Calgarian Todd Kipp's documentary tells the untold story of The Big Three, proving why they might be Liverpool's best kept secret.
TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK
In the classic DIY style known most intimately to the world of punk, director Corbett Redford recounts the storied history of punk rock in the California Bay Area with the help of some very qualified executive producers: the members of Green Day.
WHEN GOD SLEEPS
Follow exiled Iranian musician Shahin Najafi as he settles in Europe - fleeing a fatwa that makes his musical success incredibly dangerous. A story that hits home with the current ongoing refugee crisis, WHEN GOD SLEEPS is an in-depth look at the life of an outspoken artist defying the powerful men intent on keeping him silent.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Single tickets for all films go on sale August 30. But for now, you can pick up tickets to these galas & special presentations, as well as Packs & Passes.
SUCK IT UP
Closing Gala at Theatre Junction GRAND
Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm
Tickets $35 ($85 for the film, plus a three-course dinner); includes an after party at Workshop Kitchen + Culture
Ronnie lost her brother, and Faye lost her true love. Ronnie turns to drinking, and when that escalates to dangerous levels, Faye decides to intervene and spirits them both away from their Calgary home to the family's isolated mountain cottage in Invermere. A look at the bonds of friendship and the struggles that can test, stretch, and ultimately break them – or strengthen them. Director Jordan Canning and lead actor Erin Carter in attendance!
SHOWCASE ALBERTA: UP CLOSE & INTERACTIVE WITH WYNONNA EARP
Special Alberta Scene Presentation at Cineplex Eau Claire
Saturday, September 30, 2 pm
Are you an Earper? Get behind the scenes of Alberta's hit series WYNONNA EARP at this special fan event. Show Runner Emily Andras, producer & writer Jordy Randall and cast members Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp), Tim Rozon (Doc Holliday), Katherine Barrell (Officer Haught) and Greg Lawson (Sheriff Nedley) in attendance!
Special Lunchtime Screening presented by Lexus at The Palace Theatre
Thursday, September 28, 12 pm
Tickets $20 (includes a buffet lunch)
Join us for a lunchtime screening of short films that will give you a taste of the festival's acclaimed shorts program. These crowd-pleasing shorts from around the world will make you laugh, take you in unexpected directions, and have you back at your desk 60 minutes later. Enjoy a buffet lunch at The Palace Theatre, sit back, and get your lunchtime film fix.
Winners of major festival awards, special connections to the Calgary International Film Festival, and films that our programmers are extremely excited to bring to Calgary.
A celebration of films created in our home province, from the highest mountain peaks to the endless prairie skies.
Read on to learn about the feature films made, produced, shot, or otherwise worked on in Alberta.
Having trouble sitting through three-hour epics? No worries, we've got your back! Get your quick and easy fix with our assortment of short film packages. This year 68 short films will play across eight different packages, before features, and at a new lunchtime event!
The scary, creepy, gory, and just plain off-the-wall films coming to the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival! Our Late Shows Series is sponsored by The Ship & Anchor Pub.
See which films are coming to the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival.
NEXT WEEK: DOCUMENTARIES & MUSIC ON SCREEN
On Wednesday we will reveal the full lineup of documentaries screening at this year’s festival, including music docs from our popular Music on Screen Series.
FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Calgary International Film Festival will announce the full lineup of films on August 30. Single tickets to all films will go on sale online at this time.
Early bird festival passes and ticket packages are ON SALE NOW.