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Sep 13, 2022

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Artistic Director Brian Owens. We talk about the upcoming Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) beginning on September 22nd, the importance of The Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana and the story of their "Big Pickle," why Jaws changed his life, what mistake kills the chances of a film being accepted into a major film festival, how he balances the needs of the local filmmakers while expanding CIFF to new audiences, why reducing a movie to the essential is paramount to success, and his $1 million run-in with Al and Tipper Gore. Enjoy! 


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More on CIFF




Instagram: @ciffcalgary

CIFF is happening from September 22nd - October 2nd, 2022


CIFF operates on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley and the Region 3 Metis Nation of Alberta. 

The first Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) was held in 2000 for six days and was attended by 8,000 people. Now, attendance has more than quadrupled to over 35,000 for the expanded 11-day festival.

In 2022, CIFF celebrates its 23rd year, September 22nd - October 2nd. The 11-day showcase of over 175 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and worldwide also hosts an Industry Week series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. Our virtual cinema program returns this year for audiences across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Calgary International Film Festival is now the largest film festival in Alberta and is the sixth-largest in Canada. It is also an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, a Canadian Screen Award Qualifying festival, and was named one of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2009, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 & 2022 by MovieMaker Magazine.



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Bill Guentzler (Dir. Of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures)

Jaws (film)

The Rescuers (film)

Gorillas in the Mist (film)

On Golden Pond (film)

Midnight Express (film)

Star Wars: A New Hope (film)

Indy Film Fest

Talk to Her (film)

Pedro Almodóvar (writer)

Spirited Away (film)

Hayao Miyazaki (director)

Oldboy (film)

The Story of the Weeping Camel (film)

Lars von Trier (writer)

Dogville (film)

Parasite (film)

Boon Joon Ho (writer)

David Cronenberg (actor)

Hoosiers (film)

Tom Cruise (actor)

Top Gun: Maverick

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (film)

Martin Scorsese (producer)

George Miller (director)

Mad Max: Fury Road (film)

Babe: Pig in the City (film)

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (book)

Detroit Unleaded (film)

Sing Street (film)

John Carney (director)

Inglorious Bastards (film)

Lawrence Bender (producer)

Garbage Dreams (film)