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.