Calgary: Award-winning production epicentre

As the production home of major series like Netflix’s Black Summer, FX’s Fargo, SyFy’s Wynonna Earp, and the upcoming motion picture Rust City (a.k.a. Ghostbusters 2020), Calgary has proven itself a favourite when it comes to providing the perfect backdrop for film and TV projects.

The Calgary Film Centre is at the epicentre of this hustle and bustle, serving as a trusted partner to these and over 600 other film, television and digital production projects that made the City of Calgary their home in 2018 alone.

“We service projects of all different sizes from indie to commercial, from small to large, and full-budget projects,” notes Calgary Film Centre Business Development Manager Erin O’Connor. “The Film Centre and the jurisdiction have been able to service individual client needs very well. We try to be a no-surprise jurisdiction and stand on
our reputation.”


To celebrate the Calgary International Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, some of the great films that have been made right here in Alberta over the past 20 years will be highlighted. The Retrospective series Made In Alberta will celebrate the province’s local industry and in partnership with the New Central Library, CIFF will be hosting five free community screenings.

Guests Jason Reitman, Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar as well as gala screenings of Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite Is My Name and Robbie Robertson doc added to Calgary International Film Festival

If you’re looking to make the Calgary International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary event that much more special, who you gonna call?

Well, apparently Jason Reitman.

The festival announced on Friday that the Canadian filmmaker behind Juno and who is in town filming the newest Ghostbuster franchise entry will appear at a special In Conversation event with CTV’s Tara Nelson. It will follow a screening of Reitman’s acclaimed 2009 George Clooney vehicle Up In the Air.

The Sept. 21 talk and showing at Cineplex Eau Claire are just two of the many additions Calgary Film has made to its celebratory 2019 fest, which runs Sept. 18 to 29 at various locations around the city.

Calgary filmmaker Ted Stenson heads back to school with Andrew Phung for indie debut

Set in Calgary circa 1999, Events Transpiring is a deadpan comedy inspired by Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and the starker work of European directors such as Ruben Östlund and Michael Haneke. The low-budget feature, which is Stenson’s debut, was the only Alberta project selected for the 2018 Telefilm Talent to Watch program. He has an playwriting degree from the University of Calgary’s MFA Theatre Program and is the son of renowned Alberta novelist Fred Stenson. But he was also a high-school athlete who played basketball at Queen Elizabeth High School. In fact, producer Nicola Waugh is keen to point out Stenson’s somewhat geeky Class of 2001 grad picture that is on display down the hall. All 15 days of the summer shoot will be done on location at the school. Queen Elizabeth has been rechristened Middleview for the film, but beyond that apparently did not require much in the way of movie-set alteration to believably become a high school from 20 years ago.

House of Cards' Kate Mara in Calgary shooting new FX series A Teacher

Actress Kate Mara is currently in Calgary shooting a new FX limited series about a young teacher having an affair with her student.

A Teacher, based on Hannah Fiddell’s 2013 feature film of the same name, began shooting in Calgary on Monday. On Tuesday, the production was filming at Family Foods at the Mayland Shopping Centre.

Calgary film crew had a hand in direwolf scene from Sunday night’s Game of Thrones

A Calgary film crew was behind one of the long-awaited reunion scenes in the Game of Thrones episode that aired Sunday night.

The second episode of the show’s final season, which drew in millions of viewers, was packed full of emotional drama, as a newly united force prepared to take on the White Walkers. But the scene of Jon Snow and some of the last Night’s Watch members discussing a battle plan showed Snow’s faithful sidekick, a white direwolf named Ghost, standing discretely in the background.

New LA billboard campaign keeping Calgary film in the minds of Hollywood moguls

Alberta vistas are some of the most prized in Hollywood, and a new Calgary Economic Development (CED) advertising campaign is taking the scenery right to the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles.

A billboard campaign with Rocky Mountain scenes is posted along a busy LA commuter corridor, along the route driven by major studio moguls headed to the annual American Film Market and Locations Expo (AFM).

It’s expected that more than 250,000 people a day will view the billboards in the month-long stint.

Production-friendly locale goes above and beyond

In the last 15 years, Calgary has produced projects with more Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe wins than any other jurisdiction in the country.

With $308 million worth of foreign and domestic film, TV and digital production boosting its local economy over the past calendar year, Calgary, Alberta has emerged as a front-runner when it comes to consideration as a location.

The geographical backdrop of such cinematic blockbusters as The RevenantInterstellar and Inception, and Oscar winners Brokeback Mountain and Unforgiven, as well as hit TV series HeartlandFargoTin Star and Wynonna Earp, and the crews that have manned them, leads Luke Azevedo, Calgary’s Commissioner for Film, Television and the Creative Industries and COO of the Calgary Film Centre, to issue a boast that is anything but idle.

Calgary International Film Festival's documentary lineup proves truth stranger than fiction

Calgary International Film Festival's documentary lineup proves truth stranger than fiction

Rats, fireworks, ballerinas in drag, refugees and bodybuilders are among the subjects of the Calgary International Film Festival’s lineup of documentary films, showcasing a wide variety of tones of sub-genres that add weight to the old adage that truth is often stranger than fiction.

Calgary Film 2017: Great Expectations

Calgary Film 2017: Great Expectations

Today the Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary Film) announced the First Wave of Films playing at the 2017 festival. This selection includes some of our most highly anticipated titles – winners of major festival awards, special connections to the Calgary International Film Festival, and films that our programmers are extremely excited to bring to Calgary. The first 10 films announced include a movie with major global buzz and a sexy Canadian romp.