By Jonathan Lawrence
CALGARY – It’s hard to believe, folks, but the great Calgary International Film Festival (no longer shortened as CIFF, but Calgary Film) is only a month away from its 18th iteration.
There have been some recent announcements from the Calgary Film programmers in regards to ticket sales and other updates. Tickets will go on sale online a week earlier this year (August 30), coinciding with their festival launch that details their full lineup and schedule. The staff at Calgary Film hopes that this will allow people to plan their festival experience further in advance, as there are so many films to see and planning your schedule as an attendee can be time-consuming.
They will also be announcing their headliner films and showing off their updated logo at their first press conference on August 2, which will be streamed on Facebook live for those unable to attend.
Details regarding the opening gala are still undisclosed, but Telefilm’s Movie Nights Across Canada series is reported to play a large role. According to their Twitter bio, it’s a cross-country tour that brings together “government, media, and the arts to celebrate past, present and emerging Canadian TV and film talent” – both in front of and behind the camera. The year-long tour of screenings will happen in conjunction with Canada’s 150 celebrations.
Furthermore, they will make be making a wave of announcements each week in August. After that will be the second annual Trailer Party in early September.
Last but not least, there will be a free screening of the film Feast at the Ship & Anchor on August 20 to coincide with the announcement of the festival’s late night series. The Calgary Film website describes Feast as a “disgustingly funny horror flick that will leave you chuckling and cringing all the same.” They will be serving Big Rock beverages and free popcorn at this event.
Offscreen, Calgary Film is taking great strides to reduce their environmental footprint this year by eliminating printed program guides. This will allow them to do updates in a more accessible and environmentally conscious way.
If you’d like to volunteer for Calgary Film this year, you can visit their website for details. There will be orientations on August 19 at Eau Claire Market, and on August 23 at the Globe Cinema. It’s a great way to meet fellow film lovers and to attend some of the screenings and events.
The Calgary International Film Festival will be held from September 20-October 1. Stay tuned for next month’s issue for more information.
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