blue_bg.jpg
 
 

Our Story

 

At the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, we present some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. We’ve brought these influential documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors, we’ve done it free of charge.

Since our start in 2006, we’ve grown 100%, from a three-day festival with two venues to a six-day festival in four venues. In addition to the annual festival, we also present justREEL, a year-round film series.

In 2016, the documentaries we presented were chosen from a submission pool of more than 1000 filmmakers from over 100 countries. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.

Good Films. Do Good.


Our Team


Meet the cast and crew of our festival, the people in front and behind the scenes at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.

 

Board of Directors

THAO NGUYEN-BETTLE
PRESIDENT

ALFRED
CHOW
VICE PRESIDENT

HERM STOLTE
TREASURER

 

JOANNE MUGAMBI
EVENT DIRECTOR

JOHN KNIBBE
PERSONEL DIRECTOR

ELANDRI MASON
SECRETARY

 

TAKO KONING
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

JOHN TELINDE
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

RICHARD ABMA
SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

 

SHANIKA ABEYSINGHE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Volunteers

Programming committee

Caitlin Logan
Brandon DeWyn
Henriette Koning
Herm Stolte
Jaime Groeller
Jennifer Ewen
John Knibbe
Joleen Edmond
Paige Kurpjuweit
Richard Abma
Sibi Sutty
Stephanie Hanson
Sue Hutch
Seble Ghebreslassie

 Community engagement committee

Dan Brownsberger
Jenny Krabbe
Joanne Mugambi
John te Linde
Donna Vecino
Krystle Wittevrongel
Wayne Lin
Lida Goldchteine
Jane Beeksma
Martin Luther
Marie Tsang

Communications committee

Jamila Kanji - Chair
Katrina Palad - Content Coordinator
Thao Nguyen - Content Creator
Clair Santos - Social Media Specialist
Sabrina Sbarzella - Advertising Specialist
Robin Galey - Media Specialist
Petra Dorrestijn - Digital Marketing Specialist
Lorie Tran - Website Manager
Carrie Whyte - Targeted Marketing Coordinator
Marvin Colcol - Media and Photo Coordinator

 

 


Get Involved


You can play a role in the festival and your community. Investigate the ways you can support the Marda Loop Film Festival, or submit your film.

 SUBMIT YOUR FILM

VOLUNTEER

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

DSC_9788.jpg
MLJFF 2007-24.jpg

Associate

Festivals


Interested in our great documentaries, but don’t live nearby? Check out our associate festivals across Canada.