Films to watch for at CIFF 2016: Award-Winning Cinema from Around the World

Posted on August 10, 2016

CALGARY – Today the Calgary International Film Festival announced the Second Wave of Films screening at the 2016 festival. This selection of films, both features and shorts, are some of our most buzzed-about titles that have picked up major awards from other festivals.

"We’re really excited about the diversity and calibre of world films in this year’s festival,” said Brenda Lieberman, Programming Manager & Features Programmer. “I think it’s great how so many of our selections have been so well received at other festivals.”

“This year we decided to broaden our scope for international films and cast a wide net looking for films from all corners of the world,” said Sachin Gandhi, World Cinema Features Programmer. “With films from six continents, we have broken new ground by selecting films from nations that have never been at CIFF.”

“These films have collected top prizes at multiple film festivals,” added Gandhi, “including Cannes, Hot Docs, SXSW, Tribeca, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Montreal, Seattle and Adelaide.”


ADULT LIFE SKILLS – Tribeca Film Festival, Nora Ephron Prize

AMERICAN HONEY – Cannes Film Festival, Jury Prize

ANGRY INUK – Hot Docs, Canadian Documentary Promotion Award

GIRL ASLEEP – Seattle International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Best Feature Film

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM – Hot Docs, Special Jury Prize

THE HANDMAIDEN – Cannes Film Festival, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist

I, DANIEL BLAKE – Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or

ONE WEEK AND A DAY – Jerusalem Film Festival, Best First Film

ROSA CHUMBE – Lima Latin American Film Festival, Best Peruan Film

THE STUDENT – Cannes Film Festival, François Chalais Award 

TOWER – SXSW, Grand Jury Award Winner – Documentary Feature


Starting in 2016, CIFF is an Academy Awards® Qualifying Short Film Festival in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film categories. Along with this honour, CIFF’s programmers have been able to curate shorts that are among the best in the world. The following have already won major international awards and will be among those competing for CIFF's 2016 jury-selected Best of Shorts Award, the winner of which will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film categories at the Academy Awards®.

BON VOYAGE – Palm Springs International ShortFest 2016, Best Live Action Over 15 Minutes

ENEMIES WITHIN – Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Audience Award

THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL – Festival de Cannes 2016, Jury Special Mention

BROKEN - THE WOMEN'S PRISON OF HOHENECK – Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Grand Prix for Best Film

THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS – SXSW, Jury Prize, Best Doc Short

TIMECODE – Festival de Cannes/ Palme d'or Best Short Film

The Calgary International Film Festival will announce the full lineup of films on September 7, 2016. Single tickets to all films will go on sale at this time. Meanwhile, early bird festival passes and ticket packages are on sale now at, with special pricing in effect until August 12.

For more information or to book interviews contact:
Nadine bibi, Marketing Director, The Calgary International Film Festival

About the Calgary International Film Festival

The Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary Film) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

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