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More CIFF Events, As Fresh As The Fall Air

A few weeks ago, we laboured away making sure that our 2016 Program Guide was perfect down to the last detail. Every showtime was confirmed, every venue was correct, and every event was expertly placed into its own timeslot, ready to go. And then, in true film festival fashion, we went ahead and added a bunch more!

Sometimes, opportunities come along that we just can't pass up. That happened on a few fronts this year, so we thought we'd recap everything new in our schedule that you won't find in the program guide. We already kicked things off with the BassBus Fangirl Quest Road Trip this past weekend, so here's the inside scoop on everything else you need to know until October 2!


A last-minute addition to our film lineup, Barry Jenkins' MOONLIGHT just screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and is being hailed as one of the best movies of the year. Riding a wave of critical praise all the way to Calgary, MOONLIGHT is an intense coming-of-age story about a boy surrounded by drugs, desperation and his own confusing sexuality as he grows up in a poor Florida neighbourhood. The film will be showing on Sunday, October 2 @ 7:15 PM at Eau Claire (click the link to get your tickets).


This year, there are a few films that star or have themes involving indigenous people. Two such films are CREE CODE TALKER and GODS ACRE (by Alex Lazarowich and Kelton Stepanowich, respectively), both of which are contenders in the Alberta Spirit series this year. As rising young filmmakers with indigenous background, they are in a unique position to discuss their cultures, projects, future plans and what kind of obstacles they face as they struggle to accurately represent their people on screen.

This event takes place on Monday, September 26 @ 6:00 PM at Jenkins Theatre, Mount Royal University. You can find more information about the directors and RSVP for your spot in the masterclass at the link.


Telefilm is a program set up by the Canadian government that aims to increase filmmakers' ability to distribute digitally and gain online audiences in today's connected world. This presentation is an informative discussion of how aspiring directors and producers can apply for funding to help increase the reach of their completed projects. Join Lauren Davis from Telefilm, Barry Thorson from CSIF, and Matt Watterworth & Scott Westby from the Alberta Filmmakers' Podcast (and past recipients of Telefilm funding) to learn more about this fantastic sponsorship opportunity.

The talk happens on Saturday, October 1 @ 2:30 PM at the Ramada (708 8 Ave SW). Learn more about the hosts and RSVP for your spot at this link.


Just announced last week is the news that Martin Starr, featured in movies and shows like FREAKS AND GEEKS, THIS IS THE END, KNOCKED UP and SILICON VALLEY, will be joining us for the festival this year! He stars in OPERATOR, a comedy-drama about a programmer that builds an AI based on his own wife. He will be attending the screening on September 23 and ready to answer your questions after the show!


As fresh as you can get! Just announced, the jury selections of finalists for the Best of Shorts category were revealed. Featuring films from France, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and more, the ultimate winner of this contest moves on to become an Academy Award® contender as part of CIFF's new status as a qualifying festival! Director Max Monch from the film BROKEN: THE WOMEN'S PRISON OF HOHENECK will also be in attendance. Check out all the selections on September 24 @ 7:00 PM, upstairs at the Globe (tickets at the link).

A week later, on October 1 @ 11:00 AM at the Glenbow Theatre, five teams of filmmakers will vie for their chance to land $50,000 in funding from BravoFACT and a screening slot at CIFF 2017. You can RSVP at the given link for this free event (and the Glenbow will even give you a voucher for $5 admission to the museum for your next visit). Check it out in the morning and you'll still be finished with plenty of time to hit up your weekend movie picks (easier than ever with our user-friendly, pull-out schedule!)


If you're a mad movie buff (don't worry - we understand) and you're going to be hitting a lot of theatres during the festival, have you considered buying a 10- or 20-pack of tickets? You'll save some sweet $$$ and the tickets are good for all regular screenings! And if you want the full CIFF experience, maybe the Festival Pass is for you: it's the ultimate master key to movie enjoyment, getting you into all events (subject to capacity).

If you're a high-society type, be sure to pop by our Opening Gala MAUDIE (Jack Singer Concert Hall; September 21 @ 7:30 PM). Put on your best threads, shoes and smiles and see the film that is already getting some serious applause for its cast and crew! And if you're the opposite, our Black Carpet Gala of the TV show VAN HELSING (and of course, the fantastic after-party) is sure to please you! (And if you still want more, see our full gala lineup here!)