The 2016 Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2.
Here’s a look at the seven feature films set to be screened which were made by Albertans:
The Adventure Club
Three friends discover a wishbox – an ancient artifact with the ability to grant wishes. When they try to use the box to save their local Science Centre, they soon discover that there are some shady characters who also want the box. Starring Billy Zane, Kim Coates and Sam Ashe Arnold, this family-oriented adventure flick explores the power of friendship and family when dealing with challenges.
From Calgary-based filmmaker Robert Cuffley,Chokeslam is a comedic tale of reconnecting with your high school crush and the perils of dating a female wrestler.
A must-see for hockey fans, Ice Guardian explores the role of on-ice enforcers and the struggles they face to make it big, as well as those that come after they are off the rink. Directed by Brett Harvey, this film features commentary from some of hockey’s most well-known players like Chris Chelios, Jarome Iginla, and Brett Hull.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril challenges the “southern world” to reconsider its misconceptions of the commercial seal hunt. By following the lives of Inuit hunters and artisans she illustrates the quiet anger and frustration of a people whose lives are made exponentially harder by the paternalistic legislation and dogma of governments and activists that many of them will never meet.
A Miracle on Christmas Lake
After suffering the loss of his best friend, 16-year-old Bobby Whiteside makes a shocking discovery on the lake where the two played countless games of winter hockey – a magic, perfectly groomed hockey rink that only appears at night. This local feature film, shot by Aaron Bernakevitch, is a touching story focused on friendship, loss and the importance of family.
A group of university students discover a device which allows them to take control of others and experience the world – and the consequences – through someone else. This drama, sci-fi, thriller was filmed mostly in and around Calgary by rising young director/writer/actor Kurtis David Harder.
Considering Love and Other Magic
Fact and fiction collide when troubled teen Jessie Wilson agrees to tutor Tommy – a 14-year-old convinced that he’s a work of fiction, magically conjured from the pages of a short story. As secrets come to light, Jessie is convinced she can make Tommy a real boy. A story about the magic of friendship from Calgary filmmaker Dave Schultz.
Editor’s note: Film synopses courtesy the Calgary International Film Festival.