Calgary International Film Festival

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A crowd gathers outside the Globe Cinema downtown during the Calgary International Film Festival in September 2015.

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a film festival held annually in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for twelve days in late September and early October.

The festival began in 2000, with the premiere event being a screening of the locally-produced film Waydowntown. Growing steadily over the years, in 2015 the festival welcomed more than 35,000 people to more than 200 films, shorts, and other industry events.[1] In 2016, CIFF will celebrate its 17th year.[2]

Festival Venues[edit]

As of September 2016, CIFF films were screened at the following venues in Calgary. Most are located in the downtown core, with several others in nearby neighborhoods:


As is typical with film festivals, there are a number of different categories of films screened, with the films being grouped into series by genre or country of production. The 2016 categories are Canadian Cinema, World Cinema, New American Cinema, Documentaries, Late Shows (horror/sci-fi/thrillers), Music on Screen, Headliners, and Galas. There are also several specialized categories, such as Alberta Scene (focusing specifically on Alberta-made productions), Hump Night (focusing on erotic or more adult-themed films), and Short Films.

In 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences named the festival as an Oscar qualifier for short films. This means that the winner of the "Best of Shorts" award is eligible to be considered for an Academy Award. [3]

The festival places strong importance on local Albertan filmmakers, and much of its content is curated from the province. New this year, the Alberta Scene series includes an event titled Showcase Alberta: in 2016, this is a screening of the 10th season premiere of the CBC hit drama series Heartland.

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