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

Brian Owens' Best of 2018

"2018 was a unique year for the film industry in many ways. The year kicked off like any other - with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. But, 2018 was different. The business was still reeling from the accusations of sexual misconduct. The cries for more diversity continued to get louder. And thankfully, the films released over the course of 2018 began to address the issues at hand. Female filmmakers and filmmakers-of-color asserted themselves in ways previously unseen.

Brennan Tilley's Best of 2018

"In a year that I traveled to four festival, juried two others and programmed for three in Calgary I lost track of how many great movies I had the pleasure of seeing.  As the year winds down, these 15 films encapsulate 2018 for me.  I was going to arrange both my features and shorts lists alphabetically this year but that would have downplayed how much I love my top two features." - Brennan Tilley  

Gillian McKercher's Best of 2018

They select the movies for the Calgary International Film Festival, and now our team of programmers share their Top 10 films of 2018. Still not sure what films you need to catch up on from the past year? Take it from our curators – these are films that you'll want to seek out as we say goodbye to the year that was 2018.


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