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Film Fest Life on a Budget

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With so much to see and do around the Calgary International Film Festival, it can be easy to go overboard on your budget. But you don’t have to choose between having fun and saving money with some of these smart, cash-saving tips.

#1 Festival Hot Spots: PAPER St. is our festival hot spot, and with proof of your film festival attendance you get 10% off your bill every time you stop in for a drink or snack. And with great specials like Half-Price bottles of wine + champagne on Saturday or their daily Happy Hour boasting $5 draft and $4 sliders from 3-7pm, it’s a great pit stop before or after your film!

#2 Riding your Bike: The Globe and Eau Claire are conveniently located by the Calgary bike lanes. Ride your bike and save time and money on parking. Why not soak up these precious few weeks of snow free, bike friendly roads? 

#3 Happy Hour Film Pricing: From now until Friday, all movies before 6pm are $10. Our happy hour list includes the multi-award winning documentary ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS featuring a moving score and incredible cinematography. 

You can also catch ORANGE DAYS which features a standout performance by Hedieh Tehrani as a strong woman working in an industry plagued by corruption and unscrupulous men.  And did we mention it was also a TIFF pick? 

#4 Subscribe to Our Newsletter: We send you all the inside scoop on our favourite films, events happening at the film fest and a daily draw to win tickets for featured films. Yes, you heard us – FREE tickets. Subscribe now at to catch as many films as possible on a budget. 

#5 Buy a Bundle: Ticket bundles are by far the best way to save some money and see some films. Ticket bundles can be shared among friends, and depending on the bundle, can work out to be as affordable as $12 per film! With a whole weekend of amazing cinema ahead, there is still time to gather your film fest crew and reap the savings. 

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