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Each year, CIFF has the privilege of shining a spotlight on the talented makers of short & feature films working in our province. The breadth of the stories on display is further proof that there's no simple answer to the question of what is an Alberta story. 

Films in this Section are also eligible for the CTV Audience Awards.  

Single tickets and bundle redemption for these films begin on September 10. In the meantime, purchase your CIFF 2020 ticket bundle. This year's ticket packages come in new sizes with more flexibility and lower pricing. Don't miss out!

Feature Films

BRIGHT HILL ROAD

Directed by Robert Cuffley

Director Robert Cuffley (CHOKESLAM) returns to the festival with a supernatural horror film shot in Stavely, Alberta. Learn More

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COME TRUE

Directed by Anthony Scott Burns

A university sleep study turns into a never-ending nightmare in this Edmonton-shot sci-fi/horror film. Learn More

COME TRUE

THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW

Directed by Thomas Robert Lee

When the crops fail and despair grows in a devout 1970's Ireland town, a mother and daughter are suspected of witchcraft. Learn More 

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Directed by Matt Embry and Holly Dupej

Eight years after her daughter’s tragic suicide, Carol Todd continues to crusade against cyberbullying in this timely documentary. Learn More

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EVENTS TRANSPIRING BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME

Directed by Ted Stenson

Calgary director Ted Stenson's debut feature takes us through the dramatic (and equally humourous) events that unfold at Middleview High before, during, and after a 1999 basketball game. Learn More 

EVENTS TRANSPIRING

JASMINE ROAD

Directed by Warren Sulatycky

Worlds collide when a recently widowed rancher opens his home to a fractured Syrian refugee family. Learn More 

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JOHN WARE RECLAIMED

Directed by Cheryl Foggo

Filmmaker Cheryl Foggo shines a light on the underwritten history of Alberta’s Black pioneers and the remarkable life of John Ware. Learn More 

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MARLENE

Directed by Wendy Hill-Tout

Marlene Truscott is Canada’s Erin Brockovich, an ordinary housewife who fought for justice and for her husband, Steven Truscott to be exonerated from a crime he did not commit. Learn More

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PARALLEL MINDS

Directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden

PARALLEL MINDS is an Indigenous thriller about love, redemption, and corporate greed, where revolution is the only answer and the past must free the future. Learn More

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VAGRANT

Directed by Caleb Ryan

Frank – a homeless alcoholic – lives a fruitless existence. All that begins to change when he finds a puppy that was left to die in a garbage bin. Learn More

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Short Films

These diverse films make up this year's Alberta Spirit Shorts Package.

(RE)CLAIMING INDIAN STATUS

Directed by Lese Skidmore

The historical removal of Indigenous women’s Indian Status sheds light on the generational impact of colonialism and the loss of Indigenous kinship and identity for many individuals, families, and communities. This documentary short digs into their stories as they reclaim their Indian Status through their fight for the elimination of sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. 

RECLAIMING INDIAN STATUS

BERLIN CASTRO

Directed by Gabe Romero

After accidentally destroying an important piece of literature, two young publishing house employees must work throughout the night to try to piece together the remains of the destroyed manuscript in order to save their jobs.

Written, directed, and scored by Calgary filmmaker Gabe Romero, BERLIN CASTRO delves into the complicated relationship between translator and poetry. Watch Trailer 

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BERTA BOYS

Directed by Kyle Terrence

Contemplating the teetering instability of Alberta’s hyper-masculine identity, BERTA BOYS explores the petrol-phallic culture and regionalisms (think roof-racks, lift-kits, oil-slogans and truck nuts) of the province, as the filmmaker and other fellow artists confront the masculine archetypes often found within themselves.

In an effort to explore the masculine archetypes found within themselves and unmask the twenty-first-century petrol cowboy, the three characters (and film's co-writers) meditate on the unrestricted behaviors that blend tragedy with absurdity. Watch Trailer

BERTA BOYS 

DICHROME

Directed by Weston Snider

A young man escaping his toxic family crosses paths with a person who can see things others can't. At first, he is unsure of the stranger and labels him a freak, but he soon finds out why he is different and quickly changes his perspective.

Made in Alberta, DICHROME is written and directed by 15-year-old Rosebud, AB resident Weston Snider. Watch Trailer

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KEY OF T

Directed by Ashley Chugg

What happens when you have to choose between who you are and what you love? Choral singer Ari Agha is faced with this dilemma when they consider testosterone therapy, which could cost them their singing voice. A dire lack of research on the topic makes it an even tougher decision. KEY OF T is the story of their decision, the journey of their voice transition, and what they did with the result. Watch Trailer

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THE MOTHER

Directed by Kaytlyn Turner

A black and white experimental short that follows a colonial trapper alone in the wild. Over many days, "the mother", "the crone", and "the siren" torment the trapper and force him to confront his violent past. Filmed in Calgary, THE MOTHER explores colonial themes and features music from local band, Ghostkeeper.

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SPIRIT

Directed by Braden Dereniwski

An immersive slice of life documentary film that follows Medicine Hat chainsaw carver Marina Cole in a candid look at the process and creativity of turning driftwood and other recycled materials into beautiful works of art, while reverencing in the world in which she draws inspiration.

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WE ARE CRUSH

Directed by Julia Gunst

WE ARE CRUSH is an attempt to capture the supportive environment created by the Crush Collective in Banff, AB, where womxn are invited to be vulnerable together in the climbing gym and find strength in their differences. Watch Trailer

WE ARE CRUSH

How to Watch

Films in our Alberta Spotlight Section will be available to watch in cinema and online.

Buy single tickets or purchase a discounted Ticket Bundle. This year, we've reduced our prices and made bundles super flexible for use in-cinema and online. See you at the festival!