CIFF celebrates 20 years of great movies

Behind the ‘behind the scenes:’ Daniel Braun, a CIFF volunteer, teaches an aspiring filmmaker how to work and shoot a proper film set. in Calgary on Sept. 21, 2019. Calgary’s International Film Festival is a 12-day event which concludes Sept. 29. (Photo by Flores Gaudia/The Press)

Day two of Calgary’s 20th International Film Festival at the Eau Claire in downtown Calgary saw people lined up to watch various films of many genres.

“You’ll see just about everything you want to see in the next 12 days,” said Brian Owens, the artistic director for CIFF’s management team.

The festival this year offered approximately 200 films representing 51 nations around the world.

The films were in different languages, such as French, German and even Korean.

“The films that we’re carrying not only bring an ethnic perspective, but also a geographic perspective and as well as some style perspective,” Owens said.

You’ll see just about everything you want to see in the next 12 days. – Brian Owens

The 20th anniversary also brought some retrospective programming, in the form of fan favourites from previous years.

The festival has also been in collaboration with Calgary’s Central Library, where people were able to see free community screenings of productions that were made in Alberta such as Brokeback Mountain, Passchendaele and even Inception.

Owens also said that having popular titles free to the public can bring awareness of Calgary’s film history to people who haven’t been moviegoers.

After people watched some of the films, directors were on hand to answer questions that people had.

“It’s that interactivity and the community building that really makes the film festival different from a regular first-time screening,” Owens said.

The festival was held in various locations, with screenings at not only at Eau Claire, but also at the Globe Cinema and even the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

On the downstairs floor of Eau Claire, a free, interactive film set was set up, to give people the opportunity to see how films are actually recorded.

Daniel Braun, a volunteer for CIFF’s interactive set, said that the equipment shed new light on how a filmmaker can capture the scene.

“The equipment that people are experimenting with is actually used in triple-A titles. Not only that, but it’s used to give people insight about the lights, the camera, and the action that takes part in these films,” Braun said

Braun also said, that giving by people the opportunity to see how the equipment works may encourage young people to get into the industry.