Film Circle is a community of cinephiles united by the desire to support CIFF in fostering the future of filmmaking and enriching audiences through world-class film. These altruistic champions of cinema help CIFF elevate Calgary's cultural vibrancy, cultivate new talent, promote volunteerism and encourage youth education.

As a pillar of Alberta's arts and culture scene for over 20 years, CIFF is committed to platforming remarkable emerging artists, dedicating at minimum 25% of feature film programming to first and second-time filmmakers. Empowering the filmmakers of tomorrow, CIFF has also brought the magic of movies to 5,000+ students across Calgary through our youth-focused film program Generation Next.

In addition to becoming patrons of the arts, Film Circle members enjoy a premium festival experience featuring exclusive events, a private lounge and access to a 48-hour advance pre-sale window.

Thank you to Our Film Circle Patrons

Gold Level

Therese 'Tag' Goulet, Kelly Hewson, Paul Moore/Susan Swan, Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Cody Slater/Bernadette Geronazzo

Silver Level

Catherine Anderson, Josée Duchesne/Trent Meyer, Louise & Jeff Gill, Sammi Ha, Lindsay Horne/Karen Cosenza, Nevena Ivanovic, Jil Macdonald, Jill MacKenzie/Phillip Johnson, Lynn Moen, Lori Montgomery, Chris & Sue Mylde, Joe Novak, Kelly Pitaoulis/Zack Laurent, Quinton Rafuse/Karin Põldaas, Becky & Terry Rock, Domenic Venturo, Peter & Terry Wallis, Joy Williams/Stafford Gorsalitz, Helen Zenith

Therese Tag Goulet FilmCircle

As a movie lover, CIFF’s Film Circle lets me connect with others in the film industry, from legendary filmmakers to talented new visionaries, all while enjoying year-round benefits. If you want an inside seat for a world-class, Oscar qualifying film festival, I highly recommend joining CIFF’s Film Circle!

Therese 'Tag' Goulet
Joe Novak 2016

Storytelling is one of the most powerful social and cultural forces on earth. Not only do stories entertain, engage and enlighten, but also reveal what it means to be human and how we might live a better life. That’s why I am proud to be a Film Circle member as we help support the Festival to bring the very best stories of our time from around the world for all of us to share and experience here in Calgary.

Joe Novak
Kelly Photo Jan 2021 Web4

Being a Film Circle member has been an incredible and transformative experience. As a passionate film enthusiast, my love for cinema has found its perfect home within this vibrant community. CIFF's Film Circle membership has truly elevated my appreciation for the art of storytelling through film.
The festival's commitment to quality programming, engaging events, and fostering a lively community of film lovers has enriched my understanding of cinema and given me an experience that will resonate for a long time.

Kelly Pitaoulis

Film Circle Benefits

GENERAL BENEFITS: Silver Patron Gold Patron Platinum Patron
Total donation (excluding GST on taxable portion) $1,500+ $5,000+ $10,000+
Taxable portion (fixed amount, subject to GST) $968 $1,870 $3,844
Minimum donation tax receipt amount $532+ $3,130+ $6,156+
Listing in the donor recognition material
Additional opportunities to deepen your engagement (customizable)
Passes (exclusive to Film Circle members) 2 Passes 4 Passes 6 Passes
Single admission (one per pass) to all in-cinema and online festival screenings
Invitation to exclusive pre-festival meetup with CIFF Programming Team to discuss festival lineup
48-Hour Advance Festival Pre-Sale Window
Access to reserved seating at busier regular screenings*
Access to a limited number of tickets held for sold-out regular screenings**
General Admission vouchers for family & friends (for regular screenings) 10 20
Right to host one CIFF reception, with potential of bringing a filmmaker as a guest (date/time/location/etc. must be fully booked by Aug 1)
Invitation for patron & one guest to occasional year-round pre-screening events
Tickets to CIFF First Look Screenings 2 tickets/ screening 4 tickets/ screening
Tickets to Oscar-nominated shorts screening one week before the Academy Awards 2 tickets 6 tickets
Opportunity to host private screening off-site during the off-season, curated by Artistic Director

 *subject to availability - first come, first served

**subject to availability, contact at least 24 hours in advance

 Please note that most Film Circle benefits are non-transferable.


A Calgary International Film Festival Film Circle membership is the best way to contribute to Calgary’s growing film industry and experience the 11-day festival. If you are ready to join, you can make an e-transfer to, or contact us at to learn more.

The Calgary International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit organization, and a registered charity (Charitable Registration Number: 864856927RR0001).