Edmonton International Film Festival 2011The Edmonton International Film Festival is a nine day film frenzy for people from all walks of life. ‘Every Night is Opening Night’ truly captures our commitment to Edmonton premieres – most of the films screened at EIFF will never be available to our audiences. The annual schedule includes 50+ feature-length dramas and documentaries, and more than 100 short films programmed into packages that include the hugely popular Lunchbox Shorts. Whatever the genre, their mission is to search the world over for the most highly entertaining films that exhibit great storytelling properties. More than 800 films submitted to this year’s EIFF and proof that their unique brand of film festival is resonating with filmmakers who have been here and are spreading the word about EIFF to their peers.

The Edmonton International Film Festival has a commitment to honoring filmMAKERS and celebrating what they do which continues to set our festival apart. Particularly from those festivals that garner loads of international media attention based on the number of ‘stars’ in attendance.

In August they announced the 6 big titles to the 2011 festival. In addition to the previously-announced Opening Night Film, CLOUDBURST, starring Academy Award Winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, some of the hottest films from the 2011 festival circuit will be landing in Edmonton.

From Academy Award nominated actress Vera Farmiga, comes the highly acclaimed drama, Higher Ground – screening as part of the EIFF’s ‘Contemporary Independents’ series. Vera Farmiga stars as a woman questioning her belief, love, and faith in herself, her relationships, and in God. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Higher Ground is a brilliant directorial debut for Ms. Farmiga.

As part of the strongest ‘Doc Central’ lineup in recent memory, EIFF is thrilled to present the Western Canada Premiere of the gorgeously-shot documentary, Wild Horse Wild Ride. Already an audience favorite at festivals throughout North America, Wild Horse Wild Ride profiles the brave souls who train and tame wild mustangs.

The ‘EIFF U’ Student Screening Series brings a number of exciting films to Edmonton, including the inspirational theatre competition doc, Thespians, the provocative Iranian election exposé, The Green Wave, and the spell-binding post-9/11 thriller, Better This World – Best Documentary Winner at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival.
For those who like to come out after dark, EIFF’s ‘Edge of Night’ series brings the long-awaited premiere of the outrageous horror comedy, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, to Edmonton. Starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as 2 ‘misunderstood’ rednecks, this uproarious Made-in-Alberta favorite has been an Audience Award Winner at SXSW and Fantasia, and is sure to win over Edmontonians as well.

And finally, for fans of International Cinema, the 2011 edition of EIFF has some of the year’s most critically-acclaimed films, including Pedro Almodovar’s latest masterpiece, The Skin I Live In. Reuniting with Antonio Banderas for the first time in over 20 years, The Skin I Live In was one of the most talked-about and well-received films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The festival is inviting people of all ages to take part in an all new 24/One costume challenge. The challenge takes place at the downtown City Market on 104 Street September 24. Participants to dress in their favourite movie character. There’s a chance they might get picked from the crowd to star in an upcoming short film. Winner with the best costume gets two All Access passes to the festival.

The full EIFF 2011 Schedule, including showtimes, pricing, and venue information is online at www.edmontonfilmfest.com.  2011 Festival Passes and 6-Packs will be available through EIFF’s exclusive ticketing agent, www.yeglive.ca.

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