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First Friday: That's A Wrap!

Things are starting to get into full swing at the festival now, and we're into our first weekend with a bang. (Need to catch up on our galas? Look no further than yesterday's recap, and photos from Wednesday and Thursday night!)

Yesterday, guests Kim Nguyen of TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR and Robert Cuffley of CHOKESLAM, two of our gala films, joined forces for a keynote speech at Globe Cinema about making films in Canada, the unique challenges and opportunities our country provides, and their particular approaches to filmmaking. If you missed it, you can watch the Facebook live event here:

Robert, who is from Calgary himself, brings a local connection to our Closing Gala this year, and ties it up with our overall goal of promoting Alberta content as much as possible during the festival. If you're a fan of supporting local productions, you won't want to miss Alberta Spirit (happening tomorrow, Sunday Sept 25, at Theatre Junction Grand). This collection of 10 short films represents the best of our province's filmmakers and we'll be presenting one of them with an award of $2,500 cash after the screening! Pick up your tickets at the link and make your Sunday evening one to remember!

Speaking of Alberta content, Jordan Roberts' much-anticipated feature BURN YOUR MAPS had its first screening yesterday at Eau Claire, and he was around to answer questions from the audience as well. The film was shot in Alberta (as a stand-in for Mongolia) and recently screened at TIFF, to great reviews. Looks like our audience agreed with that:

BURN YOUR MAPS plays again on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 AM if you couldn't make it out for this screening. Meanwhile, over at Globe Cinema, Martin Starr of the film OPERATOR showed up to do a Q&A in the theatre (and if you didn't catch it, one in the car with us as well!). Some fans weighed in with their opinions afterward:

OPERATOR has its second showing tonight, September 25, at 6:30 PM @ Globe Cinema. 

If you're planning to hit the theatres today, be sure to plan ahead - a few of the films have already sold out of advance tickets and will be available as rush line only, one hour before the screening starts. There are an extremely limited number of tickets left to these screenings, so get there early: THE SALESMAN, A MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE, ROAD TO LA PAZ, INCONTROL. Some of the programmers' picks for today include THE STUDENT (winner of the François Chalais Prize at Cannes),OPERATION AVALANCHE, HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRISON (with director Matt Gallagher and producer Cornelia Principe attending), and HUNTER GATHERER (with director Josh Locy). If you want to see the origin of tomorrow's filmmaking greats, you can pop over to the Telus SPARK for the Youth by Youth Cinema Awards, showcasing the up-and-coming artists of the future - it goes down at 1:00 PM. There are also two separate Behind The Screen events - the Calgary Film Centre field trip, and Animals on Set.

See the full list of guests, screenings and recommendations on our website.

We'll see you around the city, in the line for popcorn and on social media! (Remember to use the hashtag #calgaryfilm, or tag us @calgaryfilm on Twitter and Instagram!)