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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.

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

JASON UNSWORTH
VICE PRESIDENT

ELANDRI MASON
DIRECTOR & SECRETARY

 

HERM STOLTE
TREASURE

ALFRED CHOW
PERSONEL DIRECTOR

JENNIFER EWEN
VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR

 

TAKO KONING
PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR

MELANIE WISEMAN
COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR

LIDA GOLDCHTEINE

 

SHANIKA ABEYSINGHE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Volunteers

Programming committee

Chair - Caitlin Logan
Herm Stolte
Jennifer Ewen
Melanie Wiseman
Tako Koning
Henriette Koning
John Knibbe
Paige Kurpjuweit
Sue Hutch
Sebe Ghebreslassie

Communications committee

Katrina Palad - Chair
Katrina Palad - Content Coordinator
Vacant - Social Media Specialist
Vacant - Advertising Specialist
Robin Galey - Media Specialist
Petra Dorrestijn - Digital Marketing Specialist
Lorie Tran - Website Manager
Vacant - Targeted Marketing Coordinator
Vacant - 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

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Associate

Festivals


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