CALGARY — The Calgary International Film Festival is set to debut Alberta Spotlight, a new section of the festival showcasing ten new films made in the province.
“It’s been an incredibly strong year for local film,” said Brenda Lieberman, CIFF’s lead programmer. “With 111 Alberta film submissions, it was by far the largest number we’ve had to consider. To show off our local crews, writers, directors and Alberta locations, we created a brand new feature and short film section, Alberta Spotlight,” said Brenda Lieberman, CIFF’s Lead Programmer.
CIFF has partnered with distributor Film Movement to make movies available for home viewing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In addition to our in-cinema screenings in Calgary, we’re delighted to share these films with new audiences across the whole province with online streaming,” said Liberman. “Being online this year as well as cinema has given us a little more flexibility of the number of films we can fit into the festival, so this was a good opportunity this year to create the spotlight because we had so many great films to choose from and we have space within the festival,” said Lieberman.
If you are attending in-person, this year’s festival will have guests, cast and crew in attendance for a question and answer period after Alberta Spotlight screenings.
Lieberman says the number of homegrown film featured in this year’s festival is unprecedented and they’re all “completely diverse and unique stories against each other.”
“On a normal given year we are only screening three, or four Alberta features, so I think it’s really fantastic that we have ten.”
Some of the featured films include:
- Parallel Minds by Calgary director Benjamin Ross Hayden
- Dark Cloud directed by Calgarian and CIFF Audience Award recipient Matt Embry
- Events Transpiring Before, During and After a High School Basketball Game directed by Calgary-based director and writer Ted Stenson
- Jasmine Road, directed by Warren Sulatycky
CIFF is scheduled for Sept. 24 to Oct. 4 and will be available online across the entire province of Alberta. The in-cinema showings will take place in Calgary’s downtown theatres.
Ticket bundles and CIFF’s new Friends with Benefits Membership are on sale now.
The full festival lineup will be announced Sept. 8 with single tickets available on sale beginning Sept. 10.