What’s It All About?
The first Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded 10-day festival. Today, it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes, and has been named as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world.
The festival is a showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
Each year’s line-up is presented in series that group CIFF’s offerings into easily identifiable categories including Canadian, American and World Cinema, Documentaries, Late Shows and Shorts. The fest also presents a number of awards to outstanding films selected by the audience and juries.
The movie stars who will be present for the opening gala include, Callum Keith Rennie, Kyle Catlett, Niamh Wilson, Jakob Davies and Rick Mercer.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet will open the festival this year and will have stars Rick Mercer, Callum Keith Rennie and Kyle Catlett in attendance.
Headliners, one of the most important categories of the festival, will screen the following films:
• Hector And The Search For Happiness
• Elsa & Fred
• Maps To The Stars
• Goodbye To Language 3D
• Force Majeure
• Project M
• Welcome To New York
Documentaries include Ryan Murdock's Bronx Obama, Thomas Balmes' Happiness, David LaMattina and Chad Walker's I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story, Matt Livadary's Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo and many others.
New Amercian Cinema
This section will have films like Bill Plympton's Cheatin', Daniel Nearing's Hogtown, Bryan Reisberg's Big Significant Things and Katharyn Grant's The One Who Loves You, while the World Cinema series includes Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country, Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance Of Reality, Bruno Dumont's Lil Quinquin, Antonio Tublen's LFO and Matthew Warchus' Pride.
Black Carpet Gala
Teen Lust, a film by Blaine Thurier featuring Kristin Bauer van Straten and Cary Elwes, will be screened under this segment.
Green Carpet Gala
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin take us on a personal journey of discovery about the issue of food waste.
Alberta Spirit Gala
From over 70 submitted short films, he CIFF has selected seven, featuring the best in Albertan comedy, documentary and drama. These films include:
• Where the Sage Brush Grows
• The Gift
• One Night In Aberdeen
• Consolation Prize
Ally Was Screaming
Directed by Jeremy Thomas, this black comedy featuring Camille Sullivan, Charlie Carrick and Giacomo Baessato will close the fest.