Dive into Documentaries at CIFF 2016

Posted on August 24, 2016

CALGARY – The Calgary International Film Festival announced another weekly wave of films screening at the 2016 festival. The Fifth Wave of films to be released, in advance of our full lineup announcement on September 7, focuses on our wealth of documentaries this year. Today CIFF announced 14 feature documentaries and a short documentary package that have been added to the 2016 lineup. 

Topics range from missile maintenance, to obituaries, to Finnish cheerleaders. Meanwhile, hockey enforcers, Inuit seal hunters and Ukrainian ballet dancers all reveal the struggles and victories in their individual lives, showcasing the power documentary film has to change the way people see the world. This year, the CIFF Documentary Series includes two World Premieres.

“The documentary section features extremely moving stories on a local and international level," said Alex Rogalski, Features Programmer – Series Lead on Documentaries, Calgary International Film Festival.

"LIMIT IS THE SKY, an incredible portrait of Fort McMurray, and Japanese tsunami survivors in NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU will have their world premieres in Calgary. CIFF audiences are fortunate to be the very first to see these two films by award-winning Canadian filmmakers.”

The Calgary International Film Festival also announced a special presentation that will be sure to delight aspiring filmmakers and environmental crusaders alike. Behind the Screen: In Conversation:Documentary Filmmaking will take place Monday, September 26 at 5:30 pm at Café Blanca. BUGS ON THE MENU (this year's Green Carpet Gala selection) filmmakers Ian Toews & Mark Bradley, along with ICE GUARDIANS filmmaker Adam Scorgie will share what it takes to make a documentary film. This event is free and open to the public. 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ANNOUNCED TODAY INCLUDE:

CHEER UP – Directed by Christy Garland
COMMAND AND CONTROL – Directed by Robert Kenner
DANCER – Directed by Stephen Cantor
GIMME DANGER – Directed by Jim Jarmusch
HOOLIGAN SPARROW – Directed by Nangfu Wang
HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRISON – Directed by Matt Gallagher
ICE GUARDIANS – Directed by Brett Harvey
LIMIT IS THE SKY – Directed by Julia Ivanova
MOSTLY SUNNY – Directed by Dilip Mehta    
A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU – Directed by Linda Ohama
OBIT – Directed by Vanessa Gould
THE PEARL OF AFRICA – Directed by Jonny Von Wallström
THE ROLLING STONES OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ!: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA – Directed by Paul Dugdale
WE CAN'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE – Directed by Alanis Obomsawin 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PACKAGE
MY ALEPPO – Directed by Melissa Langer
OLGA: AN AREQUIPA STORY – Directed by Gabriel Yee
OSCAR – Directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
PICKLE – Directed by Amy Nicholson
THE STORY OF HOW IT ENDED – Directed by Aviva Zimmerman
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS – Directed by Dan Taberski
A WOMAN AND HER CAR – Directed by Loïc Darses  

STAY TUNED FOR OUR FULL LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Calgary International Film Festival will announce the full lineup of films on September 7, 2016. Single tickets to all films will go on sale at this time. Meanwhile, gala tickets, and festival passes & ticket packages are on sale now.

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