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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.

The documentaries we present were chosen from a submission pool of more than 500 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.

In 2018, we screened 24 films in three different venues, served 3374 attendees, presented more than 24 guest speakers, hosted 22 non-governmental organizations with the contribution of  102 volunteers.

Good Films. Do Good.

Our Vision: To influence positive behavioural change by sharing environmental and social justice films that inspire and engage neighbours to become global citizens.

Our Mission: Providing a platform through film and visual arts that creates community awareness and discussion about justice issues that matter.


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

JASON UNSWORTH
VICE PRESIDENT

SALLY PARK
SECRETARY

 

LIDA GOLDCHTEINE
TREASURER

MELANIE-ANNE WISEMAN
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

VACANT
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

 

TAKO KONING
PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR

JAIME GROELLER
PERSONNEL DIRECTOR

LILY CAI
VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR

 

JENNIFER EWEN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Volunteers

Programming Committee

Chair - Caitlin Logan
Herm Stolte
Jennifer Ewen
Tako Koning
Henriette Koning
Paige Kurpjuweit
Sue Hutch
Seble Ghebreslassie
Ami Kenzo
Malgorzata Ejsmont
Naheed Gilani

Communications Committee

Katrina Palad - Chair
Robin Galey - Media Specialist
Petra Dorrestijn - Digital Marketing Specialist
Lily Cai - Targeted Marketing Specialist

Lisa Copeland - Social Media Content Coordinator

Diana Khadem - Social Media Content Coordinator

Hanna Clark - Content and Design Coordinator

Glen Cochrane - Website Manager

Community Engagement Committee

Jaime Groeller - Chair

Karen Vanthuyne
David Hedmann
Laurie Guglich
Lida Goldchteine
Naheed Gilani 


 

 

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Associate

Festivals


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

 

Sustainable Development Goals


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

In partnership with the United Nations Association of Canada - Calgary Branch, the MLJFF uses the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for categorizing the social and environmental justice issues highlighted in each of the documentaries selected for the Festival.