Film Festing 101

School's out, but that's no excuse not to learn something new!

With just two weeks before our first film programming announcement, we thought we'd break it down with Film Festing 101 for our new subscribers and give our long-time supporters something to cheer about! 

Sachin Gandhi's Top 20 FIlms from the Past 20 Years

We sat down with Features Programmer – Series Lead on World Cinema Sachin Gandhi to bring us his list of the top 20 films that have screened at CIFF in celebration of our upcoming 20th-anniversary festival.

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Make the Difference: A Personal Appeal from Executive Director, Steve Schroeder

I love Calgary, and this city loves movies.

I’ve worked in the arts for over twenty years, and have experienced many of the world’s great festivals. I’ve seen firsthand their power to elevate and transform a city, both in its joyous sense of itself, and the positive, forward-looking face it presents to the world. Look at any great city and you’ll see a great arts festival somewhere in the mix.

National Canadian Film Day: Brian Owens' Favourite Canadian Films


National Canadian Film Day: Brenda Lieberman's Favourite Canadian Films


Celebrating the Women behind Calgary Film

To celebrate International Women’s Day - Friday, March 8 - we want to shine the spotlight on some of the brilliantly creative and strong women who work behind the scenes at Calgary Film! These women work year-round to bring audiences the most engaging content and create remarkable experiences for everyone!

BRENDA LIEBERMAN is our powerhouse Lead Programmer! She's our longest serving team member and without doubt a Film industry expert and champion for Canadian film.

91st Oscars Recap: A Red Carpet Affair

Lights, camera, Oscars! Thank you to everyone who supported us in this year's Red Carpet Affair fundraiser and joined us for the 91st Oscars broadcast on Sunday, February 24 at The Palace Theatre. Let's raise a glass to our silent auction bidders who alone raised over $33,600 for the 2019 festival - a new record! 

2019 Oscar Nominated Films

The nominations are in! On January 22, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. Join us on February 24 to see who takes home the gold during the live broadcast at A Red Carpet Affair, our annual Oscars viewing party and fundraiser at The Palace Theatre.

Brenda Lieberman's Best of 2018

I always find creating "Best of Lists" one of the hardest challenges each year. If it was a mood-based list, or a specific genre, maybe it would be a little easier! I see the majority of films every year at other festivals, or when programming for Calgary Film (and Calgary Underground Film Festival), however, I also managed to catch a few more theatrically this year, which was fun. My Top 10 is a mix of films that impacted me or stood out in a way more emotionally for me.

Guy Lavallee's Best of 2018

"I have to admit, I’m a bit behind on some of this year’s ‘Oscar-bait’ movies, so this is a list not necessarily of the 10 ‘best’ films of the year – rather, it’s a list of 10 of my favourite films of the year. It was a great year at the movies, and it was hard to narrow down to just 10 films, but here are the movies that really struck a chord with me, for one reason or another. In alphabetical order…" - Guy Lavallee