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Don McKellar’s “The Grand Seduction” Opens the Calgary International Film Festival on September 19

Calgary International Film FestivalThe Grand Seduction is a laugh-out-loud comedy, and the Calgary International Film Festival is overjoyed to present the Western Canadian premier of this major release. The film is a who’s who of talent from across Canada, from director Don McKellar and the incredible cast, to co-writer Michael Dowse, who is well known in Calgary and abroad for Fubar and others. Last year’s Opening Gala was the largest and most talked about in the festival’s history, and they expect an even bigger night this year.

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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Runs October 23 to November 3, 2013

Banff Mountain Film & Book FestivalThe world’s best mountain films, books, and speakers take the spotlight for nine days each fall at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life at The Banff Centre. The Banff Festival offers a diverse range of experiences for the thousands of people who visit Banff to attend this world-class event. From armchair adventurers to weekend warriors, to the international mountain community – enthusiastic audiences brings the energy to this event! Past Festival guests have included David Suzuki, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jon Krakauer, Aaron Ralston, David Breashears, Reinhold Messner, Alex Lowe, and Royal Robbins.

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Free Screening: “Road to Saddle River” at Metro Cinema on September 29

Road to Saddle RiverThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is celebrating their 40th year by partnering with the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) to provide a free screening of Road to Saddle River at Metro Cinema (8712-109 Street). Road to Saddle River, filmed in Alberta, is a comic odyssey of an East European butcher, the Cowboy Kid, heading west to find Saddle River. This event includes a reception, screening, and a Q&A with Director Francis Damberger and special guests. 6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Screening, 8:50pm Q&A with Director Francis Damberger & Special Guests

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Edmonton Short Film Festival: Call for Submissions until September 1, 2013

Edmonton Short Film FestivalFilmmakers are invited to submit their short films, music videos and/or movie trailers (maximum 20 minutes) for screening on October 5, 2013. The festival is completely independent and projects that are screened will be selected based entirely on the merit and entertainment value of the film. This is the opportunity for independent filmmakers to showcase their work for friends and family. A professional programme will be distributed, suitable for submission as proof of public screening to support grant applications. Submission deadline: September 1, 2013. Selected films will be chosen and filmmakers will be notified by September 21.

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Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival: Call for Entries until August 6, 2013

Banff Film FestivalFor over 37 years, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has showcased a selection of films from around the world during a nine day Festival that takes place annually in Banff, Canada. A pre-selection committee narrows down over 350 entries to approximately 70 finalists. The selected films are then viewed by international film juries and shown to the public during the Festival. Entries for the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Competition are now being accepted. Entry deadline: August 6, 2013.  Enter your film into the Banff Mountain Film Competition and bring the magic of mountain places and cultures, and the adrenaline of exploration and adventure to an appreciative, international audience.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)