1st Wave Announcement:
10 of the most highly anticipated films coming to the festival this fall
Winners of major festival awards, special connections to the Calgary International Film Festival, and films that our programmers are extremely excited to bring to Calgary. See the first 10 films announced as part of the 2017 festival lineup.
This highly-anticipated biopic about one of the world's greatest sports rivalries will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Film of the Toronto International Film Festival, mere weeks before it’s on screen in Calgary.
THE DIVINE ORDER
Even though this Swiss suffrage story takes place in the 1970s, it still feels relevant today. Lighthearted with a powerful message, women's voices are at the centre of the narrative and behind the lens. Winner of the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Just announced as part of TIFF's Galas & Special Presentations, this film from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (director of the 2013 hit GLORIA) received accolades at the Berlin International Film Festival, including a Best Picture nomination and the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay.
With a mesmerizing soundtrack featuring the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra, the Congo-set film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
Audience Award Winner at SXSW, first-time feature filmmaker Jessica Thompson casts BROOKLYN NINE-NINE's Stephanie Beatriz in a revelatory performance as a woman who struggles to regain control of her life after being sexually assaulted.
LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA
This narrative feature from India, packed with humour and plenty of heart, features four women united in their yearning for freedom from society’s restrictive framework.
An Argentine actor’s failure to establish himself in New York City mirrors the struggle of many immigrants who stumble in their new setting. Star Guillermo Pfening won the Best Actor at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in the International Narrative Feature category.
SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Some of Hollywood's greatest film score composers come together to give viewers an unparalleled, behind the scenes look at the creative process, resulting in a fascinating celebration of some of the most iconic scores of all time.
SMALL TOWN CRIME
With a powerhouse cast including John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer, directors Eshom and Ian Nelms direct a clever and ultra-violent, character-driven and gritty multi-narrative crime film in the tradition of Tarantino and the Coen Brothers.
A SWINGERS WEEKEND
Packed with recognizable Canadian actors, including Erin Karpluk from Calgary and Jonas Chernick from previous Calgary Film selections including MY AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE and HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN, this sex comedy explores the relationships and kinks of three couples, who are all swinging for different reasons. What could possibly go wrong?
NEXT WEEK: ALBERTA SCENE
The waves of announcements keep coming, all through August. Join us next Thursday, August 10 on Facebook Live for a special reveal of Alberta feature films that will be playing at this year’s festival.
FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Calgary International Film Festival will announce the full lineup of films on Wednesday, August 30. Single tickets to all films will go on sale online at this time. Early bird festival passes and ticket packages are on sale now, with special pricing in effect until August 25.