September 20 – October 1, 2017

Join us for the 18th Calgary International Film Festival

The Calgary International Film Festival is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. The Calgary International Film Festival is now the largest film festival in Alberta, and is the sixth largest in Canada. 

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Mark your calendars for the following key events happening as part of the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival. 

Trailer Party
Friday, September 8 @ Globe Cinema
FREE: Join us at the Globe Cinema for our second annual trailer party! Stop by after work for a Big Rock Beer, watch some film trailers, and get to know the 2017 festival lineup. 

Festival runs September 20 – October 1, 2017

Opening Gala
Wednesday, September 20 @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Shining a light on marquee films, the Calgary International Film Festival's galas celebrate the year’s highest accomplishments with a screening and a party. The Opening Gala is the largest and highest profile event of the festival. Save the date for our big kick-off event, which includes guests from the film walking the red carpet, live entertainment, and a post-screening after party. This year our Opening Gala is part of the Movie Nights Across Canada 150 Celebrations.  

LA LA LAND IN CONCERT presented in partnership with CPO
Thursday, September 21 @ Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall
See the award-winning 2016 sensation LA LA LAND, as the score is performed live by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Closing Gala
Saturday, September 30 @ Theatre Junction GRAND
We celebrate the close of the festival with a significant Alberta feature followed by an after party.

Awards Party
Sunday, October 1
Join us as we announce the 2017 audience & jury award winners and celebrate with one final party.


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Ticket & Box Office Information

Ticket prices 

General Admission (Adult) $15
Student (with ID card) / Youth (17 & under) / Senior (65+) $13
Films before 6:30 pm $10 (Monday through Friday)
Behind the Screen events Free/$10 / $25
Special Events $20
Galas (includes screening and after party) $35-$75
Festival Pass $300
10-Pack / 20-Pack $125/$240

*All prices include GST. An additional service fee will be applied.

Times and locations are subject to change. More films may be added to the festival schedule. See for the most up to date information. With a ticket, seating is guaranteed up to 15 minutes before the start of a film. There will be no entry 15 minutes after show time. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets. See our FAQ page for more information about our ticketing and admissions policy

Eau Claire Market (Upper Floor) – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Pre-festival hours (Opens Sept 5): 11:30 am – 5:30 pm (Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday).
Festival hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10 am - 10:30pm (Saturday and Sunday).



Cineplex Eau Claire
Eau Claire Market (Upper Floor) – 200 Barclay Parade SW

Globe Cinema
617 8 Ave SW
*Please note that Globe Cinema is not an accessible venue


The Palace Theatre – 219 8 Ave SW
Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre – 850 4 St SE
Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1 St SW
Paper St – 
630 8 Ave SW




Getting Around

By Transit

  • Eau Claire Market: Riding either the Blue (69th Street/Saddletowne) or Red (Tuscany/Somerset-Bridlewood) lines, CTrain passengers can access the Eau Claire Market by getting off at the 3rd or 4th Street stations. Eau Claire is a 10-minute walk north, along 2nd Street.
  • Globe Cinema: Riding either the Blue (69th Street/Saddletowne) or Red (Tuscany/Somerset-Bridlewood) lines, CTrain passengers can access the Globe Cinema by getting off at the 7th Street station. The Cinema is a 4-minute walk south.

By Car

  • Eau Claire Market is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street SW.
  • The Globe Cinema is located on 8th Avenue SW, between 5th and 6th Street.


  • Eau Claire Market provides plenty of above and below ground parking. Affordable evening and weekend rates start at 5 p.m. Eau Claire Market underground parking is $3.25, credit only after 5 p.m. Street parking is also available around the market.
  • Street parking is available outside the Globe Cinema, and is free after 6 p.m. every day, and all day on Sundays. The city provides various parking lots throughout the downtown core, with evening rates beginning at 4 p.m.

Getting Here

By Air

All flights to Calgary arrive at the Calgary International Airport. Upon arrival, many hotels provide shuttle services between the downtown core and airport. There are also options to hire a taxi, limo or purchase a ticket on a private shuttle service.

By Rail

While there is no consistent train travel into Calgary, various independent tour providers run specialty train service between Canada’s biggest cities and Calgary. Click here for more information about Visiting the City of Calgary.

By Car

Attendees arriving by car will take either the Queen Elizabeth II highway (running north to south), or the Trans-Canada highway (running east to west). Calgary is a three-hour drive from the Montana border, and about 3 hours south of Edmonton.