WHAT IS GENERATION NEXT?
Generation Next is Calgary International FIlm Festival’s youth-focused film series. Now in its second year, Generation Next empowers youth ambassadors to hand pick films relevant to their generation and is the first of its kind in Canada.
Calgary International Film Festival recruits up to ten Calgary high school students to help pick six youth-focused selections from a roster of new films from around the world. With the help of professional mentors from the festival, our student panel choose their favourite films to share with classrooms peers and wider Festival audiences. These six programmed films will be screened as part of a series called Generation Next, during the upcoming 20th Anniversary Calgary International Film Festival, September 18 - 29, 2019.
WHY GENERATION NEXT?
Contemporary cinema has kept pace with current events. Today, the youth perspective is more visible than ever, and we want to empower that voice. Generation Next is our response to the need for collaboration with youth. The program brings these global stories to the cinema and then to Calgary classrooms – where the conversation can continue.
HERE'S A LOOK AT THE GENERATION NEXT FILMS FROM 2018
Nathan Pfaff’s powerful and heartwarming feature directorial debut follows Katie Taylor, a Los Angeles casting director, as she teaches filmmaking to youth in an impoverished South African community. Watch the Trailer
SCIENCE FAIR follows the trials and tribulations of teenage scientists as they compete for the top prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Watch the Trailer
Director Katharina Mueckstein’s second feature film is a raw, honest coming-of-age drama with a synth-heavy soundtrack that takes us down the familiar path of trying to fit in amongst friends, and figuring out our identity. Watch the Trailer
RESPETO is the feature debut of veteran music video director Treb Monteras, who to date has directed more than 300 music videos. The film is a bold, dark, utterly unique and electric film filled with original poetry and rap music, lead by Filipino hip-hop artist and YouTube star Abra. Watch the Trailer
Based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, director Desiree Akhavan’s (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR) adaptation is a witty, coming-of-age teen story starring Chloë Grace Moretz (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID) and Sasha Lane (AMERICAN HONEY). Read More
Born into an unconventional Ecuadorian family, Paola grows up moving between Ecuador and Colombia and finds herself unable to fit in any mold. Watch the Trailer