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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.

 

RICHARD ABMA
PRESIDENT, CHAIR OF BOARD

THAO NGUYEN
VICE-PRESIDENT
COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR

HERM STOLTE
TREASURER/PROGRAM

 

JOHN KNIBBE
SECRETARY/PROGRAM

JACOB SPEELMAN
DIRECTOR/PROGRAM

JENNY KRABBE
DIRECTOR/PROGRAM

 

ALFRED CHOW
DIRECTOR/PROGRAM

BRUCE KAUFMAN
DIRECTOR

DANIEL MURDOCK
DIRECTOR

 

CAITLIN LOGAN
PROGRAM CHAIR

BRANDON DEWYN
PROGRAM

JOHN TE LINDE
PROGRAM

 

ROBYN GODARD
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

ROBIN GALEY
MEDIA STRATEGIST

PETRA DORRESTIJN
DIGITAL STRATEGIST

 

DONNA VECINO
ENGAGEMENT CHAIR

KRYSTLE WITTEVRONGEL
ENGAGEMENT

JOANNE MUGAMBI
ENGAGEMENT

 

VAL BAGGALEY
ENGAGEMENT

DAN BROWNSBERGER
ENGAGEMENT

DARIN KARAMBOWICH
TECHNICAL

 

JIM BRAAKSMA
TECHNICAL

GERALD KRABBE
LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER

 

LORIE TRAN
WEBSITE MANAGER

SUSANNE ARNOLD
LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER

 

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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Media


Download our media kit for promotional materials, including our logo.


Associate

Festivals


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