Film

Last Wednesday Scene: Calgary International Film Festival 2016

September 21 / 16

Hey again. One last post for today. The Calgary International Film Festival has arrived, September 21 – October 2, 2016. Here is a little something going on at CIFF…..


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Opening Gala:
MAUDIE
(Wednesday Sept. 21 :: Jack Singer Concert Hall)Our Opening Gala film is the romance biopic MAUDIE, celebrating the life and career of Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis. Shining a light on marquee films, galas celebrate the year’s highest accomplishments with a screening and a party.

MAUDIE charts the unlikely romance between Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins, BLUE JASMINE) and the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke, TRAINING DAY). Maudie rose to fame in the 1960s, becoming an internationally celebrated artist while living with crippling juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Director Aisling Walsh, cast member Kari Matchett and producer Mary Young Leckie in attendance!

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Finalists Announced:
BEST OF SHORTS
(Saturday Sept. 24 :: Globe Cinema)The jury has deliberated! Here are the finalists for this year’s Best of Shorts:

MAMAN(S), THE CULPRIT, THE SHINING STAR OF LOSERS EVERYWHERE.PICKLE, THE HEAD VANISHES, BALCONY, BON VOYAGE, CURVE and BROKEN.

Join us Sept. 24 and find out which films will take home this year’s awards for Best Short Documentary and Best Overall Short Film. For the first year, the winner of the Best Overall Short film will also qualify for Academy Award consideration, as CIFF is now an Oscar-accredited festival!

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2016 VISITING GUESTS

A central component of the festival experience is the opportunity to meet visiting guests and filmmakers from around the world. There’s nothing quite like watching a film and then having the opportunity to meet the people who created it. From directors to documentary subjects, to cast and crew, here’s a taste of who’s coming to CIFF 2016:

Robert Cuffley, CHOKESLAM
Sandra Oh, WINDOW HORSES
Kim Nguyen, TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR
Henry Phillips, AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN
Brett Harvey, ICE GUARDIANS
Martin Starr, OPERATOR

Catch these guests and more on the red carpet, at a post-screening Q&A or at an In Conversation event, part of our new Behind the Screen Series.

FULL LIST OF GUESTS

TIFF Award Winners:
OLD STONE & MUTANTSYesterday, two films from our 2016 lineup, OLD STONE and MUTANTS, scored top honours at TIFF! Much like last year’s award-winners, including ROOM, CLOSET MONSTER and SLEEPING GIANT, these titles are sure to delight local audiences.

OLD STONE
City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film Director Johnny Ma will be in attendance at the Sept. 29 screening and to deliver a keynote at In Conversation: Filmmaking Abroad (FREE) on Sept. 30.
MUTANTS
Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film

Finalists:
BRAVOFACT PITCH CONTEST
(Saturday Oct. 1 :: Glenbow Theatre)This Summer, we asked Alberta directors and producers to pitch their short film projects for a chance to win $50,000 in BravoFact funding and a chance to see their film on the big screen at CIFF 2017. Here are our finalists:BOOM & BUST (Renée Amber, Andrew Phung)
CONSUMER (Julian Black Antelope, Michael Peterson)
HAPPY BIRTH-DAY, MANGO! (Eva Colmers, Eric Spoeth)
THE ICE CREAM KILLINGS 
(Jason Long, Scott Lepp, Seth Williams)
A SÉANCE (Gary Burns, Gillian McKercher, Guillaume Carlier)

Cheer on the teams, get a free voucher for $5 admission to the Glenbow Museum and be part of a homegrown film journey from conception.

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FanGirl Quest Road Trip!

We’re back! Yesterday we packed the Bassbus and took 15 folks on a road trip across Alberta in search of our coolest and most iconic film/tv shooting locations. From FARGO to HEARTLAND to SUPERMAN, we learned how to screenframe and had a blast doing it.

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In Conversation:
KIM NGUYEN & ROBERT CUFFLEY
(Friday Sept. 23 :: Globe Cinema)Join us for a live conversation on Canadian cinema with two of CIFF’s gala selection directors, Kim Nguyen, of TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR and Robert Cuffley from CHOKESLAM. They’ll speak about what happens behind the scenes on their sets, the dichotomy of the industry between Quebec and the rest of Canada and take questions from you!Tune in on Facebook Live if you can’t make it in person to ask your question.

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Filmmaker Q&A:
Matthew Millan
For the last few days, we’ve been presenting you with a series of blogs featuring filmmakers from this year’s festival – Linda Ohama (A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU)Jordan Roberts (BURN YOUR MAPS)Jonatan Relayze (ROSA CHUMBE), and Toby Fell-Holden (BALCONY).Today’s subject is Matthew Millan of the music documentary STRONGER THAN BULLETS, which highlights the role of music and community in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprising in Libya in February 2011. He talks about a different side of the country than the one we are usually presented within the media.

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Buy Your Festival Pass or Ticket-Pack Today!
CIFF offers several ways to attend our 12-day festival of more than 200 multi-genre films, shorts, and documentaries from dozens of countries. For the best value, purchase your FESTIVAL PASS OR TICKET PACK and get ahead on your festival picks! Ticket packs can now be redeemed in-person at our Eau Claire Box Office or online at calgaryfilm.com.
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As always if you live near Calgary and want to see what happening films are coming, try the Calgary International Film Festival or CIFF. Have a great Wednesday and be always blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

featured images: ciff & onscreenmanitboa.com
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