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 film industry.

Behind the Screen is our way to connect local fans with the people who make the movies they love. We take the audience further into the world behind the scenes, and explore all the different roles that go into bringing these stories to the big screen - from directors and producers to cinematographers, visual effects creators, film reviewers, and many more.

Please note, registration is required for free Behind the Screen events. Admission is first come, first serve based on venue capacity. 


Monday 23 September 2019 at 5:30 PM at Eau Claire + Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 5:30 PM at Eau Claire 

Back for 2019! This highly popular BTS tour sells out quickly, so get your tickets while you can!

For over 17 years Bleeding Art Industries has been creating cool stuff in Calgary including award-winning SPFX, custom props and stop-motion animations. Come and see some of the animals, creatures, stop-motion characters, awesome effects and BAI products used on shows including GAME OF THRONES, THE REVENANT, WYNONNA EARP and HEARTLAND. Our tour bus is limited to 25 seats so make sure you don’t miss this one!


Thursday 26 September 2019 at 5:30 PM 

Capturing the careers and sounds of musicians offers unique challenges to documentary filmmakers. Join filmmakers and musicians Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack (AFTER SO MANY DAYS) as well as director Daniel Roher (ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND) to talk about the artistry and craft that goes into creating a documentary about the lives and works of music makers.


Sunday 29 September 2019 at 12:00 PM at Central Library 

Join Calgary Film to explore opportunities and learn about various jobs and skills involved in the filmmaking industry – including shooting film, television and other screen-based content. The Film Expo will take place at the Central Library on Sunday, Sep 29th, from 12 - 5 pm. It is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

In Conversation with Jason Reitman

Saturday September 21st at 5:30 PM at Eau Claire 

Best known for the films including JUNO, UP IN THE AIR, YOUNG ADULT and TULLY, Jason is currently in Calgary filming the latest installment of the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise. Hosted by CTV’s Tara Nelson, IN CONVERSATION WITH JASON REITMAN will be a chance for fans to connect with the director and hear about his career. Ticketholders for IN CONVERSATION WITH JASON REITMAN will receive complimentary entry to the screening of his film UP IN THE AIR which plays earlier the same day at 3pm.  


Friday 27 September 2019 at 5:30 PM at Eau Claire 

Want to know how to make a movie with no money? From the initial idea to the premiere screening and applying to festivals, Matt Ralston - writer, director and producer of WHAT WE DON'T SAY - will use examples based on what it took to get his film made, in order to make the process concrete for the audience. 

The goal is to dispel the notion that you need money or a producer or that there is 'a secret' to making a movie on no budget, leaving the audience with knowledge of how to do it themselves.


Women Making Movies!

Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 5:30 PM at Eau Claire 

With each passing year, the film industry sees women making progress behind the camera - directing, writing and producing. WOMEN MAKING MOVIES is an assessment of where the industry currently stands. What progress has been made? What barriers still need breaking down? When will we reach parity - and how?