HAPPY NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY!
NCFD is a massive one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema taking place April 17, 2019. There are a ton of events going on in Calgary to celebrate, including a free screening at Globe Cinema of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME with Calgary Underground Film Festival and MEDITATION PARK, a 2017 CIFF selection with Calgary Japanese Community Association.
As we head into our 20th anniversary festival year, we sat down with our Artistic Director, Brian Owens to learn about his favourite Canadian flicks. Brian might be an American, but he’s putting down roots here in Calgary and has always had his eyes pointed north!
Here’s what he had to say…
“Prior to becoming a film festival programmer, as an American, it wasn’t all that easy to catch Canadian cinema. There were the directors that broke through – David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan – but to see many of them, you had to dig or hope your local video store was really on top of things. Once I entered the film festival world, the doors really opened and it was clear to see that quality cinema was a part of Canadian culture. I look forward to the next 20 years and to discovering the newest Canadian talent in my role as Artistic Director here at CIFF!”