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Film Festival

The mandate of a film festival is usually very simple: present the best films available to a varied audience. But the annual Marda Loop Festival is more than just film. Screenings includes post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, and opportunities to interact and connect with community, no matter how you define it.

Save the dates:
NOVEMBER 14-19

Festival schedule released !

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Please click on the film title to learn more about the film

 
Still image from documentary "Cycologic"

Still image from documentary "Cycologic"

NOVEMBER 14, 2017

Cycologic
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
An urban planner’s journey to making the impossible possible.
Directed by Elsa Löwdin, Veronica
Pålsson and Emilia Stålhammar
2016 (15 mins)

A Simpler Way
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
Watch as a community explores a simpler way to live based on their shared commitment to social change and environmental preservation.
Directed by Michael Snyder
2016 (26 mins) 

In Pursuit of Peace
7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Follow four Canadian peacemakers as they make a case for unarmed civilian peace making and mediation in response to violent international conflict.
Directed by Garry Beitel
2015 (87 mins)

Still image from documentary "The World in Ten Blocks"

Still image from documentary "The World in Ten Blocks"

NOVEMBER 15, 2017

The World in Ten Blocks
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
Revealing stories on the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship in Toronto. Directed by Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal.
2016 (33 mins)

Neighborhood Utopia
7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY
A community’s story of tenacity and solidarity against gentrification.
Directed by Eve Lamont
2016 (79 mins)

Still image from documentary "To the Ends of the Earth"

Still image from documentary "To the Ends of the Earth"

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Inner Me
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
Resilience in the face of the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a discriminatory society. Directed by Antonio Spanò
2017 (30 mins)

To the Ends of the Earth
7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY
A call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.
Directed by David Lavallée.
2016 (82 mins)
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

 

Still image from documentary "American Psychosis"

Still image from documentary "American Psychosis"

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Upgrading Lives
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
The success of a small Cape Town community gives hope for global slum redevelopment endeavors. Directed by Nicky Milne.
2016 (16 mins)

American Psychosis
12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA
A critique on life under the umbrella of totalitarian capitalism and corporate power.
Directed by Amanda Zackem.
2016 (14 mins)

A Plastic Ocean
7 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
An adventure documentary that reveals the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and possible solutions.
Directed by Craig Leeson.
2016 (100 mins)

Intelligent Trees
9 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
Trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young. Is this too fantastic to be true? A stunning look at the language of trees.
Directed by Julia Dordel and Guido Tölke.
2016 (45 mins)

Still image from documentary "Bee Nation"

Still image from documentary "Bee Nation"

NOVEMBER 18, 2017

Bee Nation 
12: 30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
CALGARY PREMIERE
The highs, lows, and everything in between of the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee.
Directed by Lana Šlezić.
2017 (78 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary

Tunnel Vision
2:20 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
A powerful story about a community that stands up, finds its voice, fights for fairness and makes history. Directed by Ivan Hexter.
2016 (58 mins)

Things Arab Men Say
3:45 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
A barbershop session provides an antidote to main stream media’s depiction of Arabs.
Directed by Nisreen Baker.
2016 (52 mins)

Food Coop
5:10 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
Would you work at a supermarket to earn the right to shop there? Meet the New York City food coop that’s changing food production for the better. Directed by Tom Boothe.
2016 (97 mins)

Trails of Hope and Terror
7:20 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
Crossing Latin America into the U.S. is a long, perilous journey.Find out why immigrants continue risking their lives to try and take back some of what was stolen from them. Directed by Vincent De La Torre.
2017 (53 mins)

Still image from documentary "The Road Forward"

Still image from documentary "The Road Forward"

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

That Never Happened: Canada’s First National
Internment Operations

12: 30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
A revelation of one of Canada’s darkest chapters in history. Directed by Ryan Boyko.
2017 (75 mins)

A Better Man
2:15 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
An illuminating take on one woman’s road to recovery, and the healing that can happen when men take responsibilityfor their abuse. Directed by Lawrence Jackman and Attiya Khan.
2017 (79 mins)

Dresden Refuge
4 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
Dresden’s refugee past colours its refugee present. Directed by Xuban Intxausti.
2016 (57 mins)

Human Library 
5:30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A collection of living books with a common denominator: discrimination.
Directed by Raúl Cuevas.
2016 (50 mins)

The Road Forward
6:45 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM
A musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history.
Directed by Marie Clements.
2017 (101 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary

 
 
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2017 Lineup's
Early Releases


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That Never Happened
November 19, 2017 |   12:30PM
Directed by Ryan Boyko

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Bee Nation
November 18, 2017 | 12:30PM
Directed by Lana Šlezić

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The Road Forward
November 19, 2017 | 6:50PM
Directed by Marie Clements


Our Venues


Our screenings are held in three venues in Calgary. All venues are accessible.


Parking availability is limited at all of our venues. Please consider the environment in selecting your mode of transportation! City transit routes are indicated below and carpooling can be arranged via www.carpool.ca

 
 

JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, 
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

(Calgary Transit – Downtown C-Train)

 

GLOBE CINEMA
 

617 8 Avenue SW,  Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Downtown C-train)

 

RIVER PARK CHURCH AUDITORIUM

3818- 14A St. SW, Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Bus Route 13)

 
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NGO Village


Our NGO Village is where you can meet representatives from local non-profit groups, learn about their missions and volunteer opportunities, and buy crafts and fair trade items. Below a list of theparticipants in the 2016 festival.

 

Alberta Recycling Consul

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCalgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation

Metro Alliance

 

Calgary Arabic Art and Culture Society

Gain Exchange

Centre for Newcomers

 

Ukrainian Civil Liberties Federation (UCCLF)

Fig Tree FoundationSAGESSE

MCC

 

Amnesty

Ujamaa Grandmas (bake sale)

Fair Trade Calgary

 

Women's Skills Development Organisation

Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

 

People for Progress Foundation

Pathways

Leftovers YYC

 

Fig Tree

Renter's Action

Ten Thousand Villages (info table)

 

Sponsor Energy

 

YW Calgary

 

SA Foundation

Ploughshares Calgary Society (PCS)


Sponsors



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