The Calgary International Film Festival isn’t letting COVID-19 stop the show from going on this September.
A release from organizers states that the annual festival will in fact be happening this fall, taking place from September 24 to October 4.
The structure has been shifted slightly to accommodate for ongoing pandemic, with a hybrid format blending in-cinema and at-home programming.
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New ticket bundles have also been unveiled alongside the new format as well as lower single ticket prices and “Friends With Benefits” memberships.
“Our greatest aim this year is to ensure that every film lover in Alberta can take in the festival – from at home with streaming, or at one of our festival venues,” said Steve Schroeder, CIFF’s executive director, in the release.
“We think this year’s bundles and reduced ticket prices will ensure no one misses out and new audiences can experience what CIFF has to offer. Alberta submissions in particular have been incredibly high. We can’t wait to come together as a province and celebrate our local industry alongside the best of this year’s international and Canadian cinema.”
The 11-day festival will see over 90 in-cinema screenings, and those hoping to watch from home will be able to access at least 80 features and shorts.
CIFF fans are encouraged to host their own festival watch parties in their homes and backyards — with public health measures in full effect, of course.
The in-cinema screenings will not include any out-of-town guests, and physical distancing protocols will be guaranteed for those who want to attend in person.
Ticket bundles range from three tickets to 20 tickets and from $27 to $170, while single tickets will cost $11.
The Friends With Benefits memberships come in two levels, with the first including two GA festival tickets and a 15% discount on Festival Top Ups and Year Round Programming, among other perks.
Level 2 features four festival tickets, a 20-25% discount, a tax receipt for $60, and a free poster show print.
Those hoping to purchase any of the bundles, memberships, or single admission tickets can do so at the Calgary International Film Festival’s website starting at 10 am on July 27.
When: September 24 to October 4
Where: In cinemas throughout the city as well as some in-home programming
Cost: Starting at $11, ticket packages available online