Best of Shorts Finalists, Pitch Contest Finalists, and One More Film

Posted on September 19, 2016

CALGARY – It’s festival week! The Calgary International Film Festival starts on Wednesday with our Opening Night Gala. As we look forward to 12 incredible days of 200+ films, we have a few more updates.

BEST OF SHORTS FINALISTS

The finalists have been selected for the Best of Shorts. Head to the Globe Cinema on September 24 to see the top nine films that are vying for cash prizes and Academy Award consideration. CIFF is now an Oscar-accredited festival for short films in the Animated and Narrative categories. New this year, the winners will receive $2,500. The jurors will also select and present the inaugural award for the Best Short Documentary after the screening.

BALCONY – UK
BON VOYAGE - Switzerland
BROKEN -  Germany
THE CULPRIT - Germany/Austria
CURVE - Australia
THE HEAD VANISHES – Canada
MAMANS – France
PICKLE - U.S
SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE - U.S.

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BRAVO FACT PITCH CONTEST

The Calgary International Film Festival is excited to partner with BravoFACT on the 2016 CIFF BravoFACT Pitch Competition. The five Alberta producer/director teams have been selected to pitch their short narrative film projects in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience on October 1, for a chance to win $50,000 in BravoFACT funding at the Calgary International Film Festival. The finalists are:

BOOM & BUST
Renée Amber – Producer/Director
Andrew Phung – Co-Producer

CONSUME
Julian Black Antelope – Producer
Michael Peterson – Co-Producer/Director

HAPPY BIRTH-DAY, MANGO!
Eva Colmers – Director/Co-Producer
Eric Spoeth - Producer

THE ICE CREAM KILLINGS
Jason Long – Producer
Scott Lepp – Co-Producer
Seth Williams – Director 

A SÉANCE
Gary Burns - Producer
Gillian McKercher - Co-Producer/Director
Guillaume Carlier – Director

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MOONLIGHT, MARTIN STARR & JOHNNY MA COME TO CIFF

CIFF has added another movie to the 2016 roster, bringing the total count of films in the festival this year to 211. MOONLIGHT, directed by Barry Jenkins, with Brad Pitt, Sarah Esberg, Tarell McCraney on board as executive producers, screened most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival to excellent reviews.

“It’s getting tons of Oscar buzz, and we wanted to be able to provide the film for our audience,” said Brenda Lieberman, Programming Manager, Calgary International Film Festival. MOONLIGHT screens October 2 at 7:15 pm at Eau Claire Cinema.

CIFF has also confirmed that SILICON VALLEY and FREAKS AND GEEKS star Martin Starr will be in attendance at our September 23 screening of OPERATOR. Other confirmed guests at the festival include Sandra Oh (WINDOW HORSES), Kim Nguyen (TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR) and Henry Phillips (AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN). Also attending CIFF is Johnny Ma, who just yesterday took home the First Canadian Feature Award at TIFF. Ma will be at the September 29 screening of OLD STONE and will be joining us for an In Conversation about Filmmaking Abroad. 

 

OUR BOX OFFICE IS OPEN
Single tickets to all films are on sale now, as well as gala tickets, festival passes and ticket packages. Buy them at our festival Box Office at Eau Claire Market, or at calgaryfilm.com.

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