Posted on May 5, 2020

For eight years, Giving Tuesday has celebrated grassroots generosity, and has built a movement that empowers millions of people to give, engage their communities, and find common ground. This year, amidst COVID-19, they've added a second day of giving - TODAY!

Would you become a champion for Calgary youth? Donate to our Generation Next program!



What's Generation Next?

Generation Next is CIFF's youth-focused film series. Heading into its third year, the series empowers youth ambassadors to hand-pick films relevant to their generation and gives a new voice to the youth perspective. Over the past two years, with the help of 10 local high school students, our Generation Next Series has reached over 3200 of their peers who attend annual field trips to the festival each fall.

Why You Should Donate Right Now

Donate to our Generation Next Program and see your contribution grow! Right now, your donation will be matched up to 50% by Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK). You'll get a tax receipt and can feel good about being a dedicated champion of the arts!

Amazing Volunteer Opportunities

From February to June, our Generation Next Previewer Team meets weekly with our programmers to engage in critical analysis and curate an important part of the festival's lineup. They gain mentorship and insight into careers in film and the arts, discover a breadth of new international cinema, and act as ambassadors for their peers. Last year’s previewers booked titles which became major award winners - with accolades from Canada and beyond.

Increasing Accessibility in the Arts

As we head into uncertain economic times, we want every student in Calgary to be able to participate in this program. It's why we've built accessibility into our Generation Next Series! Last year, we brought three schools to the program, free of charge, whose students' families face financial difficulties. As well, this year, we're expanding our program delivery to offer in-school and at-home options.



Give it Up for Calgary's Film Community

CIFF is part of a wonderful community of non-profits dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers, championing independent cinema and bringing diverse storytelling to Calgary. Give them a follow, consider supporting them with a donation, and keep your eye out for their next events! Here are just a few of Calgary's coolest film-loving orgs...
CSIF: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers: Fuelling filmmakers, supporting storytellers, and connecting the cinematic community. Look out for The Artifact Small Format Film Festival, Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival.

Calgary Cinematheque: A non-profit film society dedicated to presenting significant, challenging, and essential works of cinema art connected by themes, topics, movements, or filmmakers.

Calgary Underground Film Festival: Western Canada’s premiere genre festival. Look out for new dates for their postponed 17th annual festival soon.

Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival: Enjoy LGBTQIA2S+ stories at their virtual festival taking place later this month: May 14 - 24, 2020.

Quickdraw Animation Society: Calgary’s home for independent animation providing educational programming and screening events including their annual festival, GIRAF.

EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society: An artist-run organization that supports both the production and presentation of media arts.

Calgary European Film Festival: Organized by the European Cultural Society of Calgary (ECSC), the festival showcases film from 20+ European countries.

Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival: Celebrating the Jewish and Israeli experience on film.

Calgary European Film Festival: Organized by the European Cultural Society of Calgary (ECSC), the festival showcases film from 20+ European countries.

Femme Wave: Feminist arts festival dedicated to creating a safe, positive, and inclusive space for women and non-binary folks.

THIRD ACTion Film Festival: Celebrating ageing and the accomplishments of older adults through film.

Gotta Minute Film Festival: Western Canada's first film fest for commuters proudly brought to you by the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA).

Hidden Gems Film Festival: Groundbreaking films from across India in multiple languages.

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival: In addition to live music and art, they program films with a strong relationship to music.


Thank you for being a champion of the arts! Happy Giving Tuesday Now.

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