17th Calgary International Film Festival 2016

Save the dates for CIFF 2016!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Sunday, October 02, 2016

17th Calgary International Film Festival 2016

September 21 - October 02, 2016 @ Various Times
Eau Claire Market - 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB
Globe Cinema -  617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Southern Jubiliee Auditorium - 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Theatre Junction Grand - 606 1st Street SW, Calgary, AB

The 17th Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) takes place from September 21 to October 02, 2016.

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. CIFF is now the largest film festival in Alberta, and is the sixth largest in Canada.

Opening Gala: Wednesday, September 21 @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Shining a light on marquee films, the Calgary International Film Festival's galas celebrate the year’s highest accomplishments with a screening and a party. The Opening Gala is the largest and highest profile event of the festival. Save the date for our big kick-off event, which includes guests from the film walking the red carpet, live entertainment, and a post screening after party. 

Canadian Gala: Thursday, September 22 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen + Culture
A celebration of all the things that make our country great – from sea to sea to sea. See one of Canada's most inspiring, diverse, and promising films to hit the festival circuit this year.

Youth by Youth Cinema Showcase: Saturday, September 24 @ TELUS Spark
This event showcases projects created by youth filmmakers (grades 4-12), with a screening and an awards presentation.

Alberta Spirit: Sunday September 25 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen +Culture
Alberta is a hotbed for the film industry, with projects large and small dotting the landscape. Join us in celebrating our homegrown talent with the 2016 Alberta Spirit selection of the Top 10 Alberta short films.

Green Carpet Gala: Tuesday, September 27 @ Globe Cinema
Highlighting an acclaimed environmental film, the Green Carpet gala celebrates sustainability.

Black Carpet Gala: Thursday, September 29 @ Globe Cinema
Always a CIFF favourite, the Black Carpet gala features a high-profile genre film (horror, fantasy or thriller) - and is followed by one of the best and most unusual parties of the festival.

Showcase Alberta: Celebrating a Decade of Heartland: Saturday, October 1 @ Flames Central
Celebrate remarkable achievements in Alberta’s screen industry with this special event. Join the Calgary International Film Festival for a kick-off party celebrating the longest-running hour-long drama in the history of Canadian television: HEARTLAND.

Closing Gala: Sunday, October 2 @ Theatre Junction GRAND/Workshop Kitchen +Culture
CIFF wraps the festival with a significant Alberta film and one final party.

KO Preview of CIFF 2016 >
KO Review of The Unseen >
KO Review of Let Her Out >
KO Review of Kiss and Cry + Director Interview >
KO Review of A New Moon Over Tohoku >

EA Preview of CIFF 2016 >
EA Review of Command and Control >
EA Review of Hooligan Sparrow >

EA Review of Dancer >
EA Review of Angry Inuk >
EA Review of We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice >
EA Review of A New Moon Over Tohoku >
EA Review of Bugs on the Menu (Green Carpet Gala) >
EA Review of Ice Guardians >



What inspires us? Seeing the world in a new light. Sharing the best visual stories from our backyard and around the globe. Welcoming new friends and ideas. A great party.

The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes, and has been named “one of the top 25 film festivals in the world worth your entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.

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NOTE: The showtimes listed on CalgaryMovies.com come directly from the theatres' announced schedules, which are distributed to us on a weekly basis. All showtimes are subject to change without notice or recourse to CalgaryMovies.com.