According to Eric Volmers, arts reporter for the Calgary Herald even a cursory glance at the lineup for the 14th annual Calgary International Film Festival set to run from September 19 to 29 in downtown Calgary, suggests that “filmmakers the world over continue to be obsessed with a familiar topic: Sex … and lots of it.”
Obviously not all, or even necessarily the majority, of the nearly 200 films that will screen at the film festival in downtown Calgary deal with this subject. As with most festival lineups, CIFF is fielding an eclectic list that includes every genre imaginable: shorts, documentaries, family films, a return of the “music on film” series, low-budget local entries, Canadian and American indie films and a new program, dubbed Masters, that celebrates some of the world’s greatest directors. Meanwhile, The Discovery Program, a distant cousin of the Mavericks competition the festival launched in 2009, will award $2,500 each to the best narrative and documentary by a first-time director. More than 30 films are eligible for the prize this year.
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
Each year’s line-up is presented in series that group CIFF’s offerings into easily identifiable categories including Canadian, American and World Cinema, Documentaries, Late Shows and Shorts. We also present a number of awards to outstanding films selected by our audiences and esteemed juries.
In addition to the festival, CIFF presents Doc Soup, a six-month screening series of award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films presented in conjunction with the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.
Check out the festival at www.calgaryfilm.com