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In-Cinema & At-Home

September 24 to October 4

2020 FESTIVAL REPORT


WHO WE ARE While 2020 started like most years, it quickly became one of CIFF’s most challenging and transformative to date. Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Calgary International Film Festival underwent a refresh, rebranding as CIFF, with a mature new identity that’s bold, vibrant, energetic, and offbeat.

A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STEVE SCHROEDER

In a year marred with tremendous obstacles, CIFF has emerged as one of Alberta's most resilient not-forprofit organizations. In my final year as Chair of the Board, I am filled with pride and gratitude as I prepare to pass the torch. To the Board of Directors, our staff, volunteers and partners, thank you for coming together and executing what may be our organization's most significant festival yet.

While planning for the 21st edition of the festival, we knew we’d be the first major arts event to take place after a tough spring and summer of cancelled, postponed or purely digital events. All eyes were on CIFF to determine if we could indeed pull it off and follow through on our mission to bring audiences together for remarkable and engaging cinematic experiences during a global pandemic. The 2020 Calgary International Film Festival, presented by ATB, took place September 24-October 4 in the heart of downtown Calgary, and homes virtually across the Prairies. Over eleven days, the festival showcased nearly 200 of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see films from around the world in the cinema and through our streaming platform. With the immense support of our presenting partner, ATB, this year’s festival reached over 35,125 people! A film festival is, at its heart, an act of sharing. New cinematic stories are shared with audiences. Eager attendees excitedly share their latest discoveries with each other. Filmmakers candidly share the twists and turns of their real-life, behind-the-scenes journeys of creation with a fascinated public. The festival’s host city shares its unique personality with the world.

VISION Our world perspective reflected, enriched and broadened by shared cinematic experiences.

MISSION To entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences.

VALUES Story; Discovery; Diversity; Respect; Sustainability; Collaboration

Making this possible is a passion project for festival organizers. It’s not merely about entertainment, education or economic impact, though all of these are important. It’s about hope – hope that a wildly diverse constellation of inspired and inspiring stories can bring us together and help us see a way forward no matter what challenges we face. This is why the word “cancel” was never in our vocabulary. The word “grateful” is, though. We’re grateful to the front line workers who battled the pandemic, and to the public who stayed home and physically distanced thereby allowing cinemas to reopen in time for the festival, though with limited capacity. We’re grateful to the filmmakers who trusted us, for the first time ever, to share their movies online. We’re grateful to the audience for embracing CIFF’s new hybrid model. And we’re grateful to our presenting partner ATB, and the sponsors, public funders and donors whose contributions make CIFF possible. And from the bottom of my heart, I’m grateful to everyone at CIFF, the staff, board and volunteers, who helped make this my favourite edition of the festival so far, not only because of the exceptional quality of the films, but for proving what’s possible when you believe. Steve Schroeder, Executive Director

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A MESSAGE FROM BOARD CHAIR, D'ARCY LEVESQUE

This past Spring, as the global pandemic thrust our annual festival into a state of uncertainty, we committed ourselves to approach the challenge not just as a pandemic response but as a growth strategy. As a result, we have emerged stronger. We will never return to a world exactly as it was pre-COVID. Many of the societal, cultural and economic shifts we have seen over the last nine months are here to stay. With that acknowledgement, it is our cause now to continue on this path of innovation and adaptability. The cinema will always be a special place. The power of the big screen and the energy that forms and flows through a space filled with like-minded strangers will continue to be the most moving, enriching and sometimes life-changing way of experiencing film. CIFF has created and will continue to create remarkable and dynamic experiences loved by fans and filmmakers for another 21 years and beyond. I leave CIFF with great confidence that it will continue to unite our community through shared experiences, wherever they take place, together in the cinema or with our families at home. D'Arcy Levesque, Board Chair

BOARD OF DIRECTORS D’Arcy Levesque, President Kate Monaghan, Acting Chair (Incoming) Jill MacKenzie, Treasurer-Secretary Zahra Allidina, Director Kristin Anderson, Director Matthew Beswick, Director Sebastien Gittens, Director Monica Barkley, Director Sammi Ha, Director Amish Morjaria, Director Nimish Patel, Director Alan Ross, Director Paul Moore, Director Becky Scott, Director

EXECUTIVE Steve Schroeder, Executive Director Aswathi Rahul, Payroll Administrator Phyllis Lizacich, Bookkeeper

ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING Brian Owens, Artistic Director Brenda Lieberman, Lead Programmer Adam Keresztes, Programming Administrator & Shorts Programmer Tammy Wolinski, Education Coordinator

OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL Katherine Penhale, Operations Manager Matt McKinney, Technical Manager Marc Lavallee, Technical Assistant Courtney Smith, Production Coordinator Jessie Paynter, Venue Coordinator Binder Productions, Screening Technical Services Brayden Haidenger, Projectionist Kai Hall, Projectionist Hanna Tucker, Projectionist Jordan Weiben, Projectionist

DEVELOPMENT Katarina Galic, Development Director Lucia Juliao, Development Coordinator Barbora Bukovcova, Development Assistant Darko Holpert, Development Photographer

MARKETING Rebecca Zahn, Marketing Director Morgan Cairns, Digital Marketing Coordinator Aldona Barutowicz, Publicist Kelsey McColgan, Lead Graphic Designer Mackenzie Johnson, Graphic Designer Brian Cairns, Website Developer Michael Grondin, Photographer Something Orange, Videography Jordan Brenda, Intern Robert Lindgren, Intern

BOX OFFICE Kimberley Busato, Box Office Manager Sabrina Buzzalino, Cashier Supervisor Judith Duthie, Cashier Supervisor Selene O’Rourke, Cashier Supervisor Neil James, Cashier Supervisor Jaime Hernandez Delgado, Cashier Jacqueline Huskisson, Cashier Antoine Manache, Cashier Curtis Mutter, Cashier Daniel Ryan, Cashier Dannica Mae Dulay, Cashier Alixandra Cowman, Cashier Jessica Parker, Cashier

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OUR AUDIENCE

Festival partner Stone-Olafson surveyed our audience once again to capture their feedback so we can continue our mission of creating remarkable festival experiences for Calgarians.

Passion for film cuts across virtually every culture and demographic, making CIFF an exceptional opportunity for a truly inclusive artistic celebration. Here’s a snapshot of our audience.

70% female

joined us in cinema

participated at home

83%

university graduates

77%

Albertans

Audiences are definitely or very likely to recommend CIFF to others

2020 – 90% 2019 – 87%

2.0

30%

84%

25%

first time attendees

Audiences thoroughly embraced the virtual offering in numbers that far exceeded our expectations. While some folks bingewatched alone, others hosted watch parties and designed creative backyard set-ups with friends and family.

average number of people watching per stream from home

18%

3.2

average number of films seen per guest (2.7 in 2019)

GOING HYBRID ALLOWED US TO STREAM 158 OF CIFF'S 2020 FESTIVAL FILMS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES an ic er us ian er o s w se Am en A no r ans e k i h e g n n t ip ac th hi ti di u C La In So Fil Bl O No % % % % 4 3 3 1% 2 2% 5% 7%

did a combination of both

ethno-diversity 73% Caucasian

income levels 11% <50k

18%

are families

25% 50-99k

25% 100-199k

9%

200k+

30% no answer

age groups

44% are under age 45

6% <24

18% 25-34

20% 35-44

28%

45-59

28% 60+

TOTAL VIRTUAL STREAMING TIME

19,796 hours TOTAL ATTENDANCE AT HOME & IN-CINEMA

35,125 3

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COVID-19 RESPONSE

OUR FILMS

hours spent cleaning cinemas

500

face masks ordered

800

gloves used

175L

cleaner and sanitizer used

hours of previewing

film submissions

an increase of 11% from 2019

Early on in the pandemic, CIFF formed a Coronavirus Response Team headed by an Infection Mitigation Coordinator. We stayed vigilant and up to date on best practices and looked to our peers at different festivals facing similar challenges. To eliminate lineups and clusters of people, ensure the safety of staff and volunteers, and adequately distance cohorts in the cinema, we implemented assigned seating, added wayfinding signage, and installed plexiglass dividers. We sanitized every cinema between shows and implemented a mask-wearing policy to ensure that our in-cinema events were safe.

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3,122 + 4,156

A MESSAGE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, BRIAN OWENS Whether surrounded by strangers in the cinema or curled up on the couch under a warm, comfy blanket - movies are the most versatile art form. That versatility became a key to the vitality of CIFF 2020. While the pandemic presented us with many challenges, it also inspired our team to tear up the old playbook and confront the new reality with creative new ideas. The resulting program reflects that hard work.

92%

of our audience gave our COVID response a top rating!

In many ways, going to a hybrid model meant programming and producing two festival experiences and then merging them into one cohesive whole. Some of our greatest highlights â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alberta-made JOHN WARE RECLAIMED and the Danish comedy/drama ANOTHER ROUND were available to the audience across all platforms. We expanded our cash awards, giving out ten cash prizes (up from six in 2019) to filmmakers across Canada and the world, and we increased financial support for creators who were keen to join us in this brand new world and festival model. We continue to diversify our film selections, with more films created by women, Indigenous filmmakers and people of colour. As we look to the future, this extraordinary year will serve as a marker for change.

180

FILMS

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SCREENS

86 features

94

+

shorts and mid-length

Like the art form we celebrate, CIFF will remain versatile. We will embrace change. We will continue to bring you movies that challenge you, entertain you and alter your view of the world. I am grateful to be a part of it and thankful for your support in this topsy-turvy year. Brian Owens, Artistic Director

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PREVIEWERS Sam Argote Debbie Bennett Aurica Bondoc Murray Boyer Justine Brenneis Ceara Brenton Morgan Cairns Ruth Cameron Stephanie De Roy Paul Gordon Sheryl Guillaume Aleesha Hallahan Adam Hicks

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Lou Keresztes Monica Kim Charles Laird Stefan Lewis Phillip Liesemer Erika Livingstone Linda MacNeil Katharine MacNevin Trish Malatesta Michael Manning Damaris Martinez Jeff Migel Scott Moore

Hilary Munro Jess Nakaska Lonni Olson Jessica Rondeau Mosi Taylor-Cole Fernando Torres Sean Volk Carla Volpi Derek Wilson Alex Zisman Hogan Short

emerging filmmakers

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25

countries

Alberta films

158 films available online

72 female filmmakers

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FESTIVAL AWARDS AUDIENCE AWARDS presented by CTV The best films of the festival as chosen by our audience! Most films at the festival were eligible for our Audience Choice Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots cast electronically at each screening or on our streaming platform watch window!

ALBERTA FEATURE JOHN WARE RECLAIMED, directed by Cheryl Foggo

BEST ALBERTA SHORT OR MID-LENGTH TRUE WEST: THE JOHN SCOTT STORY, directed by Victoria McFadyen

ANIMATED SHORT

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

JURY AWARDS This year, we brought together eighteen celebrated and revered voices in film communities worldwide to serve on the 2020 Jury! With ten awards and over $24,000 CAD in cash prizes, plus one winning short being made eligible for Academy Awards consideration, the juries are tasked with recognizing the year's most exceptional feature-length and short films.

RBC EMERGING CANADIAN ARTIST AWARD ($10,000) VIOLATION, directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer & Dusty Mancinelli

DGC BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD ($5,000) CALL ME HUMAN, directed by Kim O'Bomsawin

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT ($2,500)

TO GERARD, directed by Taylor Meacham

THE SILENCE OF THE RIVER, directed by Francesca Canepa

CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

As an Oscar-qualifying ® Festival, this short is now eligible through this award for consideration at the 2021 Academy Awards ®

CALL ME HUMAN, directed by Kim O'Bomsawin

CANADIAN NARRATIVE FEATURE PERCY, directed by Clark Johnson

A snapshot of films from our Special Presentations Section and some of the festival’s biggest sellers.

BEST ALBERTA SHORT FILM AWARD ($1,000 & $5,000 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM WILLIAM F. WHITE INTERNATIONAL) DICHROME, directed by Weston Snider

DOCUMENTARY SHORT (RE)CLAIMING INDIAN STATUS, directed by Lese Skidmore

BEST INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD ($1,000) FATHER (OTAC), directed by Srdan Golubovic

GENERATION NEXT CODED BIAS, directed by Shalini Kantayya

BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD ($1,000)

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

CODED BIAS, directed by Shalini Kantayya

ASSASSINS, directed by Ryan White

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE THERE IS NO EVIL, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

LATE SHIFT

BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM AWARD ($1,000) CHEN CHEN, directed by Kargo Chen

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM AWARD ($1,000) FREYA, directed by Camille Hollett-French

JUMBO, directed by Zoé Wittock

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD ($1,000) LIVE ACTION SHORT

MY FATHER THE MOVER, directed by Julia Jansch

CHEN CHEN, directed by Kargo Chen

MUSIC ON SCREEN

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM AWARD ($1,000) THE GREAT MALAISE, directed by Catherine Lepage

JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT, directed by Mary Wharton

SWIMMING OUT UNTIIL THE SEA TURNS BLUE Dir. Jia Zhangke

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS THE FATHER, directed by Florian Zeller

JURY MEMBERS Trevor Anderson Karen Bruce Matt Waterworth James Faust John Walker Melanie Windle

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Nancy Campbell Nathaniel Rodgers George Schmalz Beth Barrett Carolyn McDonald Shane Smith

Kevin Allen Kate Lawrie Van de Ven Robin Robinson Aaron Bernakovitch Melissa Lumnus Kizzie Sutton

THE FATHER Dir. Florian Zeller

AMMONITE Dir. Francis Lee

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE Dir. Martin Provost

ANOTHER ROUND Dir. Thomas Vinterberg

UNDINE Dir. Christian Petzold

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FILM HIGHLIGHTS

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

ALBERTA SPOTLIGHT

EVENTS TRANSPIRING BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAME Dir. Ted Stenson JOHN WARE RECLAIMED Dir. Cheryl Foggo BERTA BOYS Dir. Kyle Terrence

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As Alberta’s largest film festival, we continue to champion local film and curate a festival that speaks to the province’s diversity of voices and perspectives. Here is a look at some of this year’s Alberta-made films.

DICHROME Dir. Weston Snider VAGRANT Dir. Caleb Ryan TRUE WEST: THE JOHN SCOTT STORY Dir. Victoria McFadyen

CANADIAN FEATURES

Canadian cinema shines at CIFF. Featuring some of our country’s most promising future auteurs and the best in non-fiction cinema, here’s a look at some of this year’s Canadian features.

CALL ME HUMAN Dir. Kim O'Bomsawin

VIOLATION Dir. Dusty Mancinelli & Madeleine Sims-Fewer

HAZY LITTLE THING Dir. Sam Coyle

PERCY Dir. Clark Johnson

NADIA BUTTERFLY Dir. Pascal Plante

SHIVA BABY Dir. Emma Seligman

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MORE THAN JUST THE MOVIES CHEERS TO FILM

FAN & FILMMAKER INTERACTION

It’s not a real festival without the snacks - and the beverages! 18+ audiences received a discount on products from two of Alberta’s most beloved breweries, Banded Peak and Blindman, during the festival. The first 50 to order online got hooked up with a swag bag of goodies provided with the help of ATB.

Behind the Screen offers an accessible and entertaining way to learn more about the film and television industry. This year’s Behind the Screen events were pay-what-you-can, took place exclusively online, and welcomed audiences from around the world - from as far away as Mexico, Egypt and Ukraine. Highlights from this year include stars from TRIBAL, Hollywood's Meg & Lawrence Kasdan, and rising star Finn Wolfhard.

TRAILER PARTY This year’s Trailer Party went online with three back-to-back nights of trailers from this year's lineup! Over 1200 people enjoyed the event from homes across the Prairies with a printable or downloadable checklist to help build their schedules.

MERCH With shirts, pins, and masks for purchase, this year’s festival provided an opportunity for audiences to rep their support and go home with a memento from a watershed year.

Getting to speak on the young filmmakers’ panel was one of the highlights of my quarantine! - Lije Morgan, INTERDIMENSIONAL PIZZA PUSHERS, Young Filmmakers Panel Participant

GENERATION NEXT For a third year, nine youth in grades 10-12 from the Calgary area with an interest in film and critical analysis had the unique opportunity to contribute to the festival's official film programming through CIFF’s Generation Next program, our youth-focused film series. These passionate and engaged students gained valuable volunteer experience with a major arts organization, discovered a breadth of new international cinema, and acted as ambassadors I’ve been going to the film to their peers by choosing films for festival for as long as I can the Generation Next remember…I always enjoy Series that speak to their generation. the chance to participate.

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schools participated

744

students participated

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student previewers

Following the [This] was such a great way previewing and to add to the community. selection process, in place of field-trips to - Alex, Youth Previewer our festival venues, we invited schools from all over Alberta to watch the selected films virtually. Whether students watched at home or participated with their peers in the classroom, we were able to continue the program despite unprecedented challenges faced by teachers, parents, and students alike.

YOUTH PREVIEWERS Bryce Conn, Ernest Manning High School James Duric, Nickel School Holly Fletcher, Queen Elizabeth Sr. High School Taegan McNeil, Springbank Community High School Keegan Rawcliffe, St. Mary's High School Alex Stevenson, Calgary Girls Charter School Andrew Wei, Sir Winston Churchill High School Mina Wood, Central Memorial High School Raymond Yang, Sir Winston Churchill High School

I’m interested in filmmaking as a career option, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to build up my resume. - Bryce, Generation Next Previewer

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POSTER SHOW This year, we launched our first gallery-style presentation of reimagined movie posters. Ten works of art by Calgary-based graphic designers, artists, and illustrators featured beloved films and their posters reimagined. During the festival, audiences could view the posters, purchase prints, and bid on the originals in a silent auction.

Eman Elkadri MOONLIGHT Danzel Carrasco SPIRITED AWAY Sarah Slaughter THE FIFTH ELEMENT Camila Quintero Franco ROMA Slugger Studio (Chris Pecora & Cam Hoff) THE BIG LEBOWSKI Mike Hooves POLYESTER Jarett Sitter PARASITE Shalom Toy WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Spencer Smith THE PRODUCERS Kaitlin Roth MIDSOMMAR

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SUPPORTING CIFF FILM CIRCLE

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Film Circle and its patrons play a vital role at CIFF by supporting the festival’s activities, with a particular emphasis on fostering emerging artists and young filmmakers. These supporters have made a personal philanthropic, tax-receiptable donation to support CIFF, a registered charity. They are our partners in building an amazing festival and bringing incredible experiences to Calgary.

This year, we launched Friends with Benefits, a fun and engaging way for audiences to support the festival. After purchasing an annual membership at one of two levels, dozens of film fans were part of a special cohort of CIFF BFFs who received merch, discounts, and other perks in exchange for their generous support.

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Film Circle Patrons / Households

Each of the films is a different remarkable experience. I'm consistently amazed at the way you curate fantastic work that I would never think to seek out on my own. - Film Circle Patron

VOLUNTEERS Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we had to redesign this year’s Volunteer Program with fewer volunteers who took on expanded hours and more flexible roles. Thanks to our volunteers passion for community and the arts, we executed a safe, smooth, and fun festival! We look forward to future years, where we can welcome back greater numbers from our 1500-person strong volunteer base.

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volunteers

4,431

volunteer hours

It made me proud to be part of a small team to pull off the first and maybe the only festival during COVID-19 in Calgary. - Volunteer I love volunteering at CIFF because we all work so well as a team; the customers are happy to be there, and CIFF management is friendly, accessible and willing to have a laugh while still being incredibly professional and helpful. Getting to see a few films (and sometimes an inside scoop!) is just a bonus. - Volunteer

FILM CIRCLE MEMBERS Platinum Dan O’Reilly Gold Kelly Hewson, Joe Novak, Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Cody Slater & Bernadette Geronazzo Silver Zahra Allidina/Ali Tejpar, Kristin Anderson, Matthew Beswick, Gil Hopkins, Lindsay Horne/Karen Cosenza, Nevena Ivanovic, D’Arcy Levesque, Jill MacKenzie, Lynn Moen, Lori Montgomery, Paul Moore/Susan Swan, Brad Pierce, Becky & Terry Rock, Alan Ross, Becky Scott, Domenic Venturo, Peter & Terry Wallis, Doug Wong, Helen Zenith Honorary Patrons Amanda Forbis, Ernest Hon, Tom Jackson, Ann McCaig, Joe Novak, James Pettigrew, Andrew Phung, Kelly Streit, Wendy Tilby, Domenic Venturo, Peter Wallis, and Helen Zenith

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PROMOTION & MARKETING EARNED MEDIA

This year’s marketing campaign, featuring the beloved weirdo, “Popcorn Man", was a hit with audiences and helped us amplify our key messages and spread excitement about the festival. As the first major annual event to roll out Being able to do things virtually in the city, we opens up the world of CIFF to … relied on digital and traditional well, everybody now can access channels to bring something they would have had our city together to come to Calgary for. and ignite the Calgary spirit.

160 pieces

CIFF YEAR ROUND While the festival is our flagship offering, CIFF operates year-round to promote film and film culture. 2020 saw the rebranding of our longstanding Top Docs Series (formerly known as Doc Soup) and a refresh of MoS Docs, Global Perspectives and A Red Carpet Affair.

52% increase from last year

- Sue Dyell, August 25, 2020,

Popcorn man Global News/770 CHQR helped us tell the story of the new hybrid environment. With the majority of our films and our Behind the Screen Section available online, we were able to expand our reach and welcome new audiences via their at-home screens. Returning and first time festival attendees discovered amazing indie, Canadian and international cinema. With the help of our improved website browsing experience and easy access to our Box Office support team through our website chat feature, audiences dove right in to the new hybrid festival. New advertising channels included Spotify, Youtube, YYSCENE’s inaugural print issue, and local fashion boutiques and influencers.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS 2020 – 8,129 Instagram followers (19% increase) 2019 – 6,810 2020 – 16,695 Facebook likes (11% increase) 2019 – 15,027 2020 – 11,848 Twitter followers

(0.5% increase)

2019 – 11,284

DIGITAL IMPRESSIONS

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10,760,703 3x higher than last year

CIFFCALGARY.CA WEB SESSIONS

175,795

E-NEWSLETTER RECIPIENTS

20,230

2020

2019

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

MOS DOCS

A brand new contemporary world cinema Series that navigates all corners of the globe, bringing compelling stories and experiences for Calgarians to enjoy. This collection of exciting worldly films will make their Calgary debuts at Globe Cinema throughout the year. The series, now heading into its 2nd year, will run from January to June 2021.

Building on CIFF’s popular Music on Screen (MoS) series during the festival, MoS Docs, running January to June, is a new documentary series dedicated to showcasing the year's most talked about and compelling music documentaries from around the world - from the grassroots of rock 'n' roll to hip-hop and folk and everything in between.

TOP DOCS

A RED CARPET AFFAIR: CELEBRATING HOLLYWOOD’S BEST

This year’s lineup attracted a record number of media from across Canada, and peaked the interest of communities from every corner of our province.

GRANDE PRAIRIE WHITECOURT DRAYTON VALLEY EDMONTON SHERWOOD PARK LEDUC WETASKIWIN VERMILLION AIRDRIE CALGARY COCHRANE CANMORE OKOTOKS NANTON VULCAN BROOKS + MORE

Top Docs is a monthly feature-length documentary series in Calgary, bringing six of the year's most talked-about docs to local audiences. Rich with diverse perspectives and a spectrum of filmmaking styles, these documentaries will fascinate, inspire, enlighten, and entertain. The series, heading into its 13th year, will run next year from January to June 2021.

On February 9, 2020, CIFF threw Calgary's only official Oscar® Party and fundraiser. Hundreds of fans from across the city gathered at our 5th annual event to cheer on their favourite films, network with the Alberta industry, walk the red carpet and watch a live broadcast of the Academy Awards®.

OSCAR® SHORTS Oscar® Shorts give Calgarians a chance to join audiences around the world to take in this year’s most celebrated shorts and predict which ones may take home Academy Awards®. The next Oscar Shorts® weekend will take place in April, one week ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards®.

8% increase from last year

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THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS PRESENTING PARTNER With special thanks to our six-year presenting partner, ATB, the financial and in-kind support we received this year was more important than ever. Without the help of these generous organizations, foundations and public funders, we could have never achieved what turned out to be one our best festivals to date.

MAJOR PARTNERS

FILM SECTION PARTNERS

Operated by

PUBLIC FUNDERS AND FOUNDATIONS

FILM CIRCLE PARTNERS

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

GALA & SPECIAL SCREENING PARTNERS

AWARD PARTNERS

MEDIA PARTNERS

BEHIND THE SCREEN PARTNERS OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS

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THANK YOU AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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