Late Night Thrills, Chills & Laughs

Posted on August 20, 2017

On Sunday evening, during a special event at the Ship and Anchor, the Calgary International Film Festival, presented by ATB Financial, announced the six films that comprise this year’s Late Shows Series.

The Late Shows Series is known for presenting the darker, creepier side of Calgary Film’s lineup. However, this year promises to bring some chuckles as well.

“This year’s lineup is a mix of genres,” said Brenda Lieberman, the Calgary International Film Festival's Programming Manager and Late Shows Programmer. “We’ll be screening everything from comedy to horror, crime, thriller, docu-drama, and just different levels of fun. These films all push boundaries in different ways, and we’re looking forward to unleashing them on our audience. Keep an eye on for late additions too!”

Film fans gathering at the Ship and Anchor for the announcement also enjoyed the screening of the cult-classic FEAST, along with Big Rock beverages, free popcorn and other fun surprises. 


BITCH – Directed by Marianna Palka
Lonely housewife Jill is transformed by her monotonous lifestyle in this strange tragic comedy from the United States. Actor Jason Ritter stars alongside Marianna Palka, who multitasks as screenwriter and director. 

BUCKOUT ROAD – Directed by Matthew Currie Holmes
(previously featured in our Alberta announcement)
The first feature for this Calgarian director pays homage to the midnight movies of the '80s while still freshening up its genre. 

FAKE BLOOD – Directed by Rob Grant
Co-produced by local Calgary Film alumnus Mike Peterson (director of the 2017 short film selection CONSUME) and directed by Vancouver’s Rob Grant FAKE BLOOD is a compelling film that blurs the line between fiction and reality.  

LOWLIFE – Directed by Ryan Prows
Three unlikely criminal allies must unite to save a pregnant woman in this wacky violent dark comedy. This first time feature took home the Silver Prize Audience Award and a special jury mention from the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival.

THE MISANDRISTS – Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Directed by Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce (GERONTOPHILIA) this dark comedy was nominated for a Teddy for Best Feature Film at Berlinale and stars a cast of dynamic women, led by Susanne Sachße, Kita Updike, and Olivia Kundisch.

TRAGEDY GIRLS – Directed by Tyler MacIntyre 
(previously featured in our Alberta announcement)
In this dark satire from Alberta's Tyler MacIntyre, two teen girls with a popular blog manipulate a local serial killer into doing their bidding. 


The waves of announcements keep coming, all through August. Next Wednesday we will reveal the lineup of documentaries screening at this year’s festival, including music docs from our popular Music on Screen Series.


The Calgary International Film Festival will announce the full lineup of films on August 30, 2017. Single tickets to all films will go on sale online at this time, with the Eau Claire Box Office opening on September 5. Meanwhile, early bird festival passes and ticket packages are on sale now at, with special pricing in effect until August 25. This year’s festival runs from September 20 – October 1.

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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