Posted on January 30, 2017

Programming Manager & Features Programmer Brenda Lieberman highlights her favourite films that she saw at 2016 film festivals

As programming manager of the Calgary International Film Festival, the majority of films that I see each year are those playing at film festivals I travel to or screeners submitted to our festival. This year for my Top 10 List I wanted to highlight some of my favourite films I had a chance to see, with an audience, at a film festival that I attended in 2016. They all stood out to me in unique ways, connected with the audience as a heightened experience and resonated with me the most.

Top 10 Films (in alphabetical order)
20TH CENTURY WOMEN directed by Mike Mills (Whistler Film Festival)
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC directed by Matt Ross (Sundance Film Festival)
THE HAPPY FILM directed by Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister (Hot Docs International Film Festival)
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE directed by Taika Waititi (Sundance Film Festival)
LA LA LAND directed by Damien Chazelle (Whistler Film Festival)
THE LURE directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska (Sundance Film Festival)
RAW directed by Julia Ducournau  (Toronto International Film Festival)
SWISS ARMY MAN directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Sundance Film Festival)
TRAIN TO BUSAN directed by Sang-ho Yeon (Fantasia International Film Festival)
WIENER-DOG directed by Todd Solondz (Sundance Film Festival)

Honourable Mention 
This is one personal favourite, which I did not see at a festival, but we were fortunate enough to program at the 2016 Calgary International Film Festival 
ONE WEEK AND A DAY directed by Asaph Polonsky

Note: I did not include films which have not yet been released theatrically or available on VOD. My list would be endless if so.

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