At the biggest film festival in Alberta, there are a lot of options.

Taking over the Globe Cinema, Eau Claire, the National Music Centre at Studio Bell, the Jack Singer Concert Hall and the New Central Library, there's always plenty of entertainment for the discerning movie buff. With around 200 different movies to choose from it can seem daunting to try to pick out just a few, but here's a handy glossary list of our major categories to get you started. All tickets are now on sale. 

From Hollywood headliners and Documentaries to Music On Screen and Gala events, there's something for everyone. 


Shining a light on marquee films, galas celebrate the year’s highest accomplishments with a screening and a party.


FRANKIE webHeadliners 

The most anticipated, not-to-be-missed, most buzzed-about films of the festival circuit – from award winners and high-profile projects to celebrities and master directors.



20TH CENTURY web 2Canadian Cinema

From sea to sea to sea – the series celebrates our country’s most inspiring, diverse and promising films. 



These interactive (and usually free!) events are the best way to see how movie magic is made. From tours through special effects labs, to discussions with directors and filmmakers, to peeks at the technology used on a film set and much more, it's a great way to learn more about Alberta's movie industry. Presented by Calgary Economic Development.


New American Cinema

New and emerging voices from the United States: vibrant, independent movement, with an emphasis on under-the-radar and cutting-edge style and story. Presented by Scott Venturo Rudakoff, LLP.


WHITE WHITE DAY webWorld Cinema

A spin of the globe: a captivating world of rich stories from beyond our borders. Note: All foreign language films are played with English subtitles.


INFILTRATORS webDocumentaries

An uncensored view of the real world: showcasing gripping, entertaining and enlightening stories from around the globe.



AFTER SO MANY DAYS web 1Music on Screen

From the grassroots of rock n’ roll to hip-hop and folk and everything in between: the best of movies where music plays the starring role.


WHY webLate Shows

Dark, twisted and daring late night selection of genre films, ranging from sci-fi to horror, thriller and fantasy films from around the world, with no shortage of high-intensity suspense, shock, gore and action. Presented by Ship and Anchor.


MEMORABLE 1Shorts Series

Split into packages that cover themes like animation, animals, awkward situations, life-changing experiences, and more, this year's inspired collection of shorts are a testament to how impactful a few minutes of film can be. Presented by Jerilyn Wright & Associates and MiniMax.


COLONY A web v2Generation Next

A diverse range of genres and stories from around the world, with themes targeted to younger audiences and those looking for innovative, youthful, fun, and at times challenging subject matter. Presented by Calgary Foundation.


Share what films you're most excited to see by tagging @calgaryfilm / #CIFF20 on social media and keep an eye on our blog for Q&As with filmmakers and recommendations from some of Calgary's biggest film fans.