Oh Canada and Sandra Oh: Canadian Cinema at CIFF 2016

Posted on August 31, 2016

CALGARY – The Calgary International Film Festival announced all things Canadian today. The Sixth Wave of films to be released, in advance of our full lineup announcement on September 7, showcases Canadian Cinema. CIFF also announced a Canadian animated feature in our Headliners series, as well as newly confirmed guest filmmakers who will be in attendance and will walk the red carpet. In addition, CIFF announced several upcoming Behind the Screen events, including a tour of the new Calgary Film Centre.

Canadian actress Sandra Oh (GREY’S ANATOMY, SIDEWAYS) and Ann Marie Fleming will be in Calgary for the screening of WINDOW HORSES, part of CIFF’s Headliners series. Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming tells the story of Rosie Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh), an aspiring Chinese Canadian poet whose only wish in life is to live in Paris.

In the Gala department, Director Kim Nguyen will be in attendance for TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR, our Canadian Gala feature film.

Meanwhile, in our Canadian Cinema series, the Calgary International Film Festival is pleased to offer a broad range of films by Canadian filmmakers.

“We have incredible diversity in the series this year,” said Brenda Lieberman, Programming Manager & Features Programmer. “It has everything from sport films to psychological thrillers, comedies, family drama, coming of age, quirky relationships and everything in between.”

The announcements don’t stop there! We also have several exciting Behind the Screen events coming up at CIFF 2016.

Sept. 24, 12:00 pm, Calgary Film Centre
Calgary now has a full-fledged, top-of-the-line film studio. General Manager Erin O'Connor will give us a tour and show us what the space has to offer our local production industry. Limited transportation available.

Sept. 24, 1:30 pm, Calgary Film Centre
Andrew Simpson, a wolf specialist (GAME OF THRONES, THE REVENANT), and Lori Boyle (THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE) will share their expertise with us. We’ll find out what it takes to train different animals, and hear stories from the set.

Sept. 27, 2:00 pm, Mount Royal University
Alanis Obomsawin will be at CIFF to present her most recent documentary WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE. Join Mount Royal film studies students as we learn about Alanis’ experiences working in film, her approach and more about creating this hard-hitting documentary. 

Oct. 2, 3:00 pm, INKubator Theatre
Teams of filmmakers have an energizing debate about how explicit sex scenes should get in film and television. Sure to have controversial arguments from perspectives of directors and performers, join us for this humorous event.

Below is the list of features included in the Canadian Cinema series. See you next week for our Full Lineup Announcement and Box Office Opening! Press conference will be at noon, September 7th, at Eau Claire Market (CIFF Box Office - Main Floor)  

THE ADVENTURE CLUB – Directed by Geoff Anderson 

BELOW HER MOUTH – Directed by April Mullen

BORIS WITHOUT BÉATRICE – Directed by Denis Côté


HELLO DESTROYER – Directed by Kevan Funk 

INCONTROL – Directed by Kurtis David Harder

IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD – Directed by Xavier Dolan

KISS AND CRY – Directed by Sean Cisterna

LAVENDER – Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly

MEAN DREAMS – Directed by Nathan Morlando

A MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE – Directed by John Kissack

OPERATION AVALANCHE – Directed by Matt Johnson

UNLESS – Directed by Alan Gilsenan

THE UNSEEN – Directed by Geoff Redknap

WE'RE STILL TOGETHER – Directed by Jesse Klein

WEIRDOS – Directed by Bruce McDonald

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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