Since our founding in 1998 and our first festival in 2000, CIFF has grown to be one of Western Canada's premier events, an important catalyst for economic growth, and a hub for engagement between filmmakers and fans.

Last year, through our festival's reimagining under a hybrid model - with both in-cinema events and virtual streaming,  we engaged over 35,000 audience members across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, successfully reaching 2019 attendance levels. 

For twenty-two years, the Calgary International Film Festival has been a major contributor to the city’s cultural vibrancy. And now, with our virtual expansion, we bring the year's most important films to new communities where they may not normally be seen.

With a rapidly growing audience, the 11-day festival is one of Calgary’s largest annually recurring events. We are also a year-round arts and culture organization devoted to supporting local filmmakers, youth and creating moving, enriching and sometimes life-changing experiences through film.

CIFF is both a registered charity and not-for-profit arts and culture organization operating 365 days of the year. It relies on support from individuals, Film Circle patrons, corporate festival sponsors, and a network of over 400 volunteers.

CIFF also accepts online donations when purchasing passes and ticket through our online ticketing system.

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