Most popular films at CIFF given a second showing

The 2014 Calgary International Film Festival ‘played it again’ this year.

On Sept. 28th, six of the most popular films from the CIFF were screened again in a series of encores based on votes cast by audiences throughout the festival.

“This year, for the first time, we have something that we are calling audience-selected encores,” said Karilynn Thompson, shorts programmer and programming administrator for CIFF, in an interview prior to the end of the popular festival.

“They will be on Sunday, Sept. 28th, that final day of the festival.”

The idea was to allow film-goers who may have missed out on some of the most popular movies at the festival to catch them at the end.

“In the event that a film sells out before you get a ticket, you would still have a chance to see it if the audience selects it for the encore,” said Thompson.

Among the films brought back for an encore were The Young and Prodigious T.S.Spivet, which was shot in Alberta and was the opening night feature at CIFF. The film is the work of French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Other movies given a second viewing were The Valley Below, which was shot in Drumheller, Alta., the documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, Pride, and the documentary Advanced Style.

The festival, which began on Sept. 18th, also saw the return of a film series that hasn’t been seen for a few years.

“The Music on Screen series is finally back for another year,” said Brenda Lieberman, senior features programmer at CIFF. “It is something that CIFF used to have but we took a break for a few years.”

The Music on Screen series, which featured a group of music-themed films, was revamped for the 2014 festival and included both narrative and documentary films for the first time.

Thompson and Lieberman also discussed some of the specific goals that they had for the film festival this year, such as promoting smaller, independent films.

“We like to call ourselves the discovery festival,” said Thompson. “We have something called the Discovery Award, which is an award for first time feature filmmakers.”

Thompson said that one goal for the festival was to have at least 25 per cent of the feature films qualify for that award.

Though CIFF does have its share of more mainstream cinema, Thompson believes that it is important to encourage people to take a chance and see some films that they may not have thought they were interested in.

For information, visit the Calgary International Film Festival’s official website.

Behind the scenes: CIFF Short Film Programmer and Programming Administrator Karilynn Thompson reading the CIFF program guide in Calgary. Thompson is directly involved with the selection of the films each year. (Photo by Ryan MacLean/The Press)
Behind the scenes: CIFF short film programmer and programming administrator Karilynn Thompson reading the CIFF program guide. Thompson is directly involved with the selection of the films each year. (Photo by Ryan MacLean/The Press)
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