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.

Sachin Gandhi'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.

The 2019 Oscars Shortlists are Here

It’s that time of year! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has published their shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars® in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.

If that wasn't enough to get you excited, thirteen films from our 2018 Calgary Film lineup are included...

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees with a Calgary Film Connection

The nominees are here!

2018 Audience & Fan Favourite Awards

After pouring over ballots and crunching the numbers, our 2018 Fan Favourite Award and our 2018 Audience Favourite Award winners are here! 

Our 2018 Recap: What a Scene

Now that the festival has been over for a few days, we're ready to shake the snow off and look forward to the future - like the 20th Calgary International Film Festival next year (Sept 18-29, 2019!) or our ongoing Doc Soup series that kicks off with THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING on November 7. Before we delve too deep into those, though, we wanted to revisit some of our favourite highlights of the last few weeks!

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