Upcoming justREEL screening:

To be announced..

Tuesday Sep 11 , 2018
7:00 PM at River Park Church Auditorium



Next JustReel Film to be announced soon.

This year, we received over 1000 submissions through FilmFreeway. Our Programming Committee is now hard at work curating the films for the festival. We will announce our selections in September, 2018. Stay tuned!


Festival Updates


Calgary Movies 20th Anniversary Event

Long-time friend of MLJFF and a staple of Calgary’s film scene, Calgary Movies is celebrating their 20th anniversary in style! They will be hosting a 1-day film festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Globe Cinema and everyone is invited to attend. The films in their festival line-up were curated by local film festivals, including the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.

MLJFF’s selection is Bee Nation by Lana Slezic. The film is about the highs, lows, and everything in between of the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee. It is a throwback from #MLJFF2017  and was a United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) sponsored film. Moviegoers can catch the film at 3:00 PM on Saturday.

Calgary Movies’ 20th Anniversary event is the perfect opportunity for people to get a taste of what Calgary’s local film festivals have to offer.  This is a free event but donations are also welcome.

For more information, please visit their website:

See you all there!


It is with a heavy heart that the MLJFF family must share some sad news. Richard Abma passed away last week after a hard fought battle against cancer.

He was an incredible man, who spent his entire life nurturing knowledge and supporting the community - whether it was in the classroom or screening films he deeply cared about. Richard played a crucial role in the festival for over 12 years and we truly wouldn't have a festival without his commitment. We will miss his guidance, patience and humour but are grateful knowing he is no longer suffering.

A public memorial service will be held on January 27 2018 at River Park Church (3818 14A St. SW) at 1 p.m.


Exhibition of the "Points of View: A National Human Rights Photography Exhibition"

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival is always in the forefront to advocate for human rights.

This year, we are honoured to collaborate with the Canadian Human Rights Museum to showcase the winning photos of the "Points of View: A National Human Rights Photography Exhibition" funded through the Calgary Foundation Canada 150 Grant.

The winning photos of the exhibition will be in Calgary at River Park Church during the Saturday and Sunday of the festival (November 18 and 19, 2017). Attendees of the festival will be able to vote on the People's Choice Award.

Don't forget to join us at the Festival and cast your vote!

#humanrights #photocontest #yyc


We will be at GlobalFest!

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival will be hosting booth at GlobalFest @globalfestyyc this year in support of United Nations of Canada - Calgary Branch @unaccalgary! Come and visit our booth and chat justice films with us. GlobalFest is happening from August 15 to August 26 at Eliston Park. This year, all six teams are Canadian to celebrate Canada's 150th year celebration. Pay us a visit!


2016 Community Report

Check out Marda Loop Justice Film Fest Community Report 2016! Special thanks to all of our volunteers, guest speakers, and sponsors who helped make the festival successful and accessible. 

#justreel#mljff #mardaloopjusticefilmfestival#filmfestival #yyc #filmfest #justice#justicefilm #festival #yycnow #yycfilm#calgaryfilm #report #thanks

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2017 Lineup Early Release
September 25, 2017

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival is releasing 4 films prior to our lineup launch on October 10, 2017. Check them out now!


"The Grizzly Truth" Media Release


Social and scientific issues surrounding the hunt for the grizzly bear are the subject of the documentary “The Grizzly Truth” to be screened Sept. 12, 2017 at River Park Auditorium. The documentary combines powerful images with the voices of hunters, outfitters, government officials, ecotourism operators, and naturalists to dispel half-truths in the discussion and focus attention on the real issues.


"Food Coop" Screening at Soul of The Next Economy Forum

Soul of The Next Economy Forum 2017's film screening this year is Food Coop, brought to you in partnership with Marda Loop Justice Film Festival!

Check out Soul of the Next Economy Forum happening on September 29 & 30 at the Ambrose University.

Visit Food Coop Le Film's Facebook page here: 
Food Coop Le Film

View trailer of Food Coop here:


Secret Cinema curated by Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

Join Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers at 8 p.m. on September 21, 2017 for Secret Cinema. Film is curated by Shanika Abeysinghe, Executive Director of our Festival. The screenings are held in CSIF's screening room @ #100, 1725 - 10 Avenue SW. The only catch is that for copyright reasons we can't disclose the name of the film until you see it... come out and get in on the secret! Visit CSIF web site here:

Admission is by donation, but you can pre-book your spot via Eventbrite. Tickets will be available at the door as well!

Festival Sponsors