What’s It All About?
Initiated in 2000 for six days, the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has become one of 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. CIFF showcases over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries.
In its 15th edition, the 12-day film festival has introduced five galas such as Opening Gala, Hyena Road Gala, Green Carpet Gala, Black Carpet Gala and Closing Gala. Apart from the gala series, the fest also hosts special screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations that change the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
CIFF’s offerings line up into easily identified categories which include Canadian, American, World Cinema, Late Shows, Documentaries and Shorts. It also presents various awards to outstanding films selected by the audience and juries.
Watch Out For
Opening Gala Film
I Saw The Light
An upcoming biopic starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Williams, this is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography written by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. The film revolves around country singer Hank Williams’ rise to fame and sudden death at the age of 29.
Hyena Road Gala
Directed by Paul Gross, Hyena Road is a film on modern warfare featuring a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.
Green Carpet Gala
Landfill Harmonic is a documentary directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley about the kids living in a slum in Paraguay who created an orchestra made of trash – The Recycled Orchestra. They toured the world and had performed with the popular heavy metal band, Megadeth.
Black Carpet Gala
A Christmas Horror Story, directed by Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan and Steven Hoban, revolves around a group of high school students investigating a mysterious homicide that occurred the prior holiday season.
Beeba Boys (Deepa Mehta)
Into The Forest (Patricia Rozema)
Brooklyn (John Crowley)
Elder In The Making
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The National Lampoon Story
World Cinema Series
Canadian Cinema Series
40 Below and Falling
The Forbidden Room
New American Cinema Series
Band Of Robbers
Late Show Series
They Look Like People
Closing Gala Night Film
The Smalls: Forever Is A Long Time
Trevor Smith directorial The Smalls: Forever Is A Long Time is a feature-length music documentary about the rock band The Smalls and the unlikely metal-punk-country band’s reunion. The film features Corb Lund, Mike Caldwell, Dug Bevans and Terry Johnson, and picks up from where the fathers, country stars (Lund) and estranged friends left off, proving that music knows no limits and time heals all.