Galas Galore!

If you're a fan of CIFF, but also a fan of getting fancy, then we've got some good news! Today we announced our galas lineup, those special few films that get an extra spotlight through the course of the festival. The screenings for these are a bit more in-depth than the others - they've got after-parties, cast and crew in attendance, special themes, and interactive sessions with the people who were involved in making the film. Check them out below!

Feel like staying up late?

If you've been to CIFF in years past, you know that one of our mainstays is the LATE SHOWS series - all the films that thrill, chill and scare you to your bones. In conjunction with our screening of the 2012 Late Shows selection, V/H/S, at the Ship & Anchor (sponsor of our Late Shows Series), we're announcing this year's list of films that are perfect for staying up past your bedtime.

ABATTOIR

Award-Winning Cinema

When you're surrounded by Hollywood glamour, sometimes we forget that the rest of the world produces some intensely moving and incredibly well-made films. In today's Second Wave of Film Announcements, we highlight Award-Winning World Cinema that will be screening at CIFF 2016. These films have already picked up awards from other major festivals and will be some of the most buzzed about films to hit the festival circuit this fall.


ADULT LIFE SKILLS

Music Selections

Here at CIFF we're always glad to highlight films that are based on music. We strive to find unique, interesting and well-made stories that feature music as a central character, whether it's hip-hop, rock n' roll, or operatic gospel revival. Last year, we kicked things off with the Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT at the Opening Gala, and this year we've got a bunch of great music-based films for you to choose from! 

Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Heartland

Hey Heartlanders! Hot on the heels of our big announcement last Wednesday, we've got some trivia for you about the show. Straight from a source on the inside, here's some information about Heartland that you may have never heard before! Did you know that:

1) Heartland is currently the longest running one-hour scripted drama in Canadian television history.

Showcase Alberta: Celebrating a Decade of Heartland

If you're a fan of CBC's hit show HEARTLAND, filmed right here in the Calgary area, then we have some good news for you.

On October 1, we'll be screening the season 10 premiere at Flames Central. You can attend the event, mingle with other fans, and get an early preview of what the next chapter of the story looks like. But this isn't just a "show up and watch" kind of event - we wanted to make it a true special experience. So we've pulled out all the stops to make it worth every penny.

Win a trip to CIFF: Round 2

***CONTEST NOW CLOSED***

We had such an overwhelming response to our recent visitor contest that we're back for another round of giveaways! If you want to attend the Calgary International Film Festival you've got another chance to win a trip to CIFF 2016. 

We're giving away two additional prize packages to out of town visitors that want to attend the fall festival between September 21 and October 2.

CIFF 2016 Pitch Contest

Are you an aspiring filmmaker that's got the perfect idea for a short film? If so, then this year, we've got the perfect contest for you!

To promote Alberta talent, we are proud to announce that we are partnering with BravoFACT for the 2016 CIFF BravoFACT Pitch Competition. The winners will receive two 2017 Calgary International Film Festival passes, a screening at next year's festival, and - best of all - $50,000 in funding to make the short film a reality.

So how can you apply?

Join CIFF for Happy Hour: Aug. 31

Next month the Calgary International Film Festival is partnering with Downtown Calgary to host a Downtown Libations Event at State & Main, one of our favourite festival hangouts!

Win a trip to CIFF 2016

***CONTEST NOW CLOSED***

Have you always wanted to attend the Calgary International Film Festival but didn't plan far enough in advance? 
Know friends or family outside of Calgary that you want to introduce to the festival? 

We want you to join us for CIFF 2016! We're giving away two prize packages to out of town visitors that want to attend the fall festival between September 21 and October 2.

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