Calgary Film 101 - Back To School Basics

The long weekends of summer are behind us now, and as Labour Day disappears into the distance, it's time to look toward the weeks ahead. For many, this means heading back to school - either for themselves, or for their family and friends. Schooling takes up a large portion of our early lives, and as such, it's bound to appear in media from time to time. This year's Calgary International Film Festival is no exception, with a select group of films about school life - whether comical or dramatic, heartwarming or heartwrenching, these movies are sure to entertain our audiences.

Top 10 Festival Picks for the Average Vanguard

We know, skimming through over 200 films can be fun but it can also be time consuming. That is why the Calgary International Film Festival has put a call out to our trusty community members, volunteers, and even a few local celebrities to develop their very own Top 10 "Must See" lists for the 2017 festival. Use these lists as a jumping off point for deciding on your own picks for the year, and hey - don't worry about cross-pollinating. Feel free to make your own top 10 lists from these top 10 lists, and more! 

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Proud To Be At #CalgaryFilm

We're right in the midst of Pride Week here in Calgary, which runs from August 25 to September 4. With special events, awareness campaigns, and one of the biggest yearly parades in the city, it's a time for everyone to come together and celebrate love in all its forms. At the Calgary International Film Festival, we value inclusion, acceptance, and all the unique stories that filmmakers around the world have to tell. That's why we're proud to bring films that highlight stories from the LGBTQ community - love, drama, injustice, and all the rest, whether factual or fictional.

Filmmaker Q&A: WHEN THEY AWAKE Co-Director PJ Marcellino

This year's Opening Gala selection is WHEN THEY AWAKEa relatively small-budget indie music documentary that's impressing people all across the country. A true underdog story, both with its content and the with the film itself, we are proud to showcase some of Canada's best up-and-coming Indigenous musicians on the big screen this September.

Big Buzz Films coming to the 2017 Festival

August 30 is one of our favourite days here at the Calgary International Film Festival offices - the day we release our full lineup of films and our programming schedule! We've been building up to this for months, and we're very excited to share this year's excellent selection of home-grown and international films with all of you. 

Filmmaker Q&A: THE LAST ANIMALS Director Kate Brooks

A filmmaker doesn't have to a be a seasoned industry veteran to make a difference. That's the mindset of Kate Brooks, whose first film - the documentary THE LAST ANIMALS - addresses a far-reaching and global issue. Intrigued by the concept, we asked her to share some thoughts on the film and the ideas behind it, in anticipation of her visit to Calgary in September when we screen her film. Here's what she told us.

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Filmmaker Q&A - SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY Director Matt Schrader

The soundtracks to films are an immensely important part of the overall experience, and have been for decades - think about the epic scores to films like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, or Jaws, and you'll instantly be hooked by the perfectly composed music. But how much work goes in to making every note and every nuance stand the test of time?

It's almost trailer party time!

Taking place on Friday, September 8, the Calgary International Film Festival Trailer Party is the place to go to preview all the coming films from this year's lineup.

From documentaries and shorts to foreign comedies and horror, we'll be slapping it all together into a neat little package and showing everything at Globe Cinema on 8 Ave - right on time for you to stop in after work! 

Programmer Profile: Brennan Tilley

Programmer Profiles is a blog series that brings you into the life of our esteemed programmers. Through this series you will gain insight into the lives of the hardworking people who spend their days hunting the latest and greatest film releases. They are our tastemakers and curatorial geniuses, and they all have a story to tell. 

Filmmaker Q&A: TURN IT AROUND Director Corbett Redford

We've announced a few of our big series already - highly anticipated films, Alberta Scene, Shorts, Late Shows, and most recently,

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