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Film Festival

The mandate of a film festival is usually very simple: present the best films available to a varied audience. But the annual Marda Loop Festival is more than just film. Screenings includes post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, and opportunities to interact and connect with community, no matter how you define it.

Save the dates:
NOVEMBER 14-19

Festival schedule released !

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 14

12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA

Cycologic An urban planner’s journey to making the impossible possible. Directed by Elsa Löwdin, Veronica Pålsson and Emilia Stålhammar 2016 (15 mins)

Cycologic
An urban planner’s journey to making the impossible possible.
Directed by Elsa Löwdin, Veronica
Pålsson and Emilia Stålhammar
2016 (15 mins)

A Simpler Way Watch as a community explores a simpler way to live based on their shared commitment to social change and environmental preservation. Directed by Michael Snyder 2016 (26 mins) 

A Simpler Way
Watch as a community explores a simpler way to live based on their shared commitment to social change and environmental preservation.
Directed by Michael Snyder
2016 (26 mins) 

 

7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE

In Pursuit of Peace Follow four Canadian peacemakers as they make a case for unarmed civilian peace making and mediation in response to violent international conflict. Directed by Garry Beitel 2015 (87 mins) JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

In Pursuit of Peace
Follow four Canadian peacemakers as they make a case for unarmed civilian peace making and mediation in response to violent international conflict.
Directed by Garry Beitel
2015 (87 mins)
JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

NOVEMBER 15

12: 15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA

The World in Ten Blocks Revealing stories on the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship in Toronto. Directed by Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal. 2016 (33 mins)

The World in Ten Blocks
Revealing stories on the challenges and rewards of immigration and entrepreneurship in Toronto. Directed by Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal.
2016 (33 mins)

 

7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE

Neighborhood Utopia A community’s story of tenacity and solidarity against gentrification. Directed by Eve Lamont 2016 (79 mins) CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Neighborhood Utopia
A community’s story of tenacity and solidarity against gentrification.
Directed by Eve Lamont
2016 (79 mins)
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

NOVEMBER 16

12:15 p.m.| GLOBE CINEMA

Inner Me Resilience in the face of the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a discriminatory society. Directed by Antonio Spanò 2017 (30 mins)

Inner Me
Resilience in the face of the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a discriminatory society. Directed by Antonio Spanò
2017 (30 mins)

 

7 p.m. | JOHN DUTTON THEATRE

To the Ends of the Earth A call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. Directed by David Lavallée. 2016 (82 mins) CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

To the Ends of the Earth
A call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.
Directed by David Lavallée.
2016 (82 mins)
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY


NOVEMBER 17

12:15 p.m. | GLOBE CINEMA

Upgrading Lives The success of a small Cape Town community gives hope for global slum redevelopment endeavors. Directed by Nicky Milne. 2016 (16 mins)

Upgrading Lives
The success of a small Cape Town community gives hope for global slum redevelopment endeavors. Directed by Nicky Milne.
2016 (16 mins)

American Psychosis A critique on life under the umbrella of totalitarian capitalism and corporate power. Directed by Amanda Zackem. 2016 (14 mins)

American Psychosis
A critique on life under the umbrella of totalitarian capitalism and corporate power.
Directed by Amanda Zackem.
2016 (14 mins)

 

7 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A Plastic Ocean An adventure documentary that reveals the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and possible solutions. Directed by Craig Leeson. 2016 (100 mins)

A Plastic Ocean
An adventure documentary that reveals the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and possible solutions.
Directed by Craig Leeson.
2016 (100 mins)

 

9 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Intelligent Trees Trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young. Is this too fantastic to be true? A stunning look at the language of trees. Directed by Julia Dordel and Guido Tölke. 2016 (45 mins)

Intelligent Trees
Trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young. Is this too fantastic to be true? A stunning look at the language of trees.
Directed by Julia Dordel and Guido Tölke.
2016 (45 mins)

NOVEMBER 18

12: 30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Bee Nation CALGARY PREMIERE The highs, lows, and everything in between of the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee. Directed by Lana Šlezić. 2017 (78 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary

Bee Nation
CALGARY PREMIERE
The highs, lows, and everything in between of the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee.
Directed by Lana Šlezić.
2017 (78 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary

 

2:20 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Tunnel Vision A powerful story about a community that stands up, finds its voice, fights for fairness and makes history. Directed by Ivan Hexter. 2016 (58 mins)

Tunnel Vision
A powerful story about a community that stands up, finds its voice, fights for fairness and makes history. Directed by Ivan Hexter.
2016 (58 mins)

 

3:45 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Things Arab Men Say A barbershop session provides an antidote to main stream media’s depiction of Arabs. Directed by Nisreen Baker. 2016 (52 mins)

Things Arab Men Say
A barbershop session provides an antidote to main stream media’s depiction of Arabs.
Directed by Nisreen Baker.
2016 (52 mins)

 

5:10 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Food Coop Would you work at a supermarket to earn the right to shop there? Meet the New York City food coop that’s changing food production for the better. Directed by Tom Boothe. 2016 (97 mins)

Food Coop
Would you work at a supermarket to earn the right to shop there? Meet the New York City food coop that’s changing food production for the better. Directed by Tom Boothe.
2016 (97 mins)

 

7:20 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Trails of Hope and Terror Crossing Latin America into the U.S. is a long, perilous journey.Find out why immigrants continue risking their lives to try and take back some of what was stolen from them. Directed by Vincent De La Torre. 2017 (53 mins)

Trails of Hope and Terror
Crossing Latin America into the U.S. is a long, perilous journey.Find out why immigrants continue risking their lives to try and take back some of what was stolen from them. Directed by Vincent De La Torre.
2017 (53 mins)

NOVEMBER 19

12:30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

That Never Happened: Canada’s First National Internment Operations A revelation of one of Canada’s darkest chapters in history. Directed by Ryan Boyko. 2017 (75 mins)

That Never Happened: Canada’s First National
Internment Operations

A revelation of one of Canada’s darkest chapters in history. Directed by Ryan Boyko.
2017 (75 mins)

 

2:15 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A Better Man An illuminating take on one woman’s road to recovery, and the healing that can happen when men take responsibilityfor their abuse. Directed by Lawrence Jackman and Attiya Khan. 2017 (79 mins)

A Better Man
An illuminating take on one woman’s road to recovery, and the healing that can happen when men take responsibilityfor their abuse. Directed by Lawrence Jackman and Attiya Khan.
2017 (79 mins)

 

4 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Dresden Refuge Dresden’s refugee past colours its refugee present. Directed by Xuban Intxausti. 2016 (57 mins)

Dresden Refuge
Dresden’s refugee past colours its refugee present. Directed by Xuban Intxausti.
2016 (57 mins)

5:30 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Human Library A collection of living books with a common denominator: discrimination. Directed by Raúl Cuevas. 2016 (50 mins)

Human Library
A collection of living books with a common denominator: discrimination.
Directed by Raúl Cuevas.
2016 (50 mins)

6:50 p.m. | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

The Road Forward A musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history. Directed by Marie Clements. 2017 (101 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary

The Road Forward
A musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history.
Directed by Marie Clements.
2017 (101 mins)| Sponsored by UNAC - Calgary


Our Venues


Our screenings are held in three venues in Calgary. All venues are accessible.


Parking availability is limited at all of our venues. Please consider the environment in selecting your mode of transportation! City transit routes are indicated below and carpooling can be arranged via www.carpool.ca

 
 

JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, 
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

(Calgary Transit – Downtown C-Train)

 

GLOBE CINEMA
 

617 8 Avenue SW,  Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Downtown C-train)

 

RIVER PARK CHURCH AUDITORIUM

3818- 14A St. SW, Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Bus Route 13)

 

2017 Lineup's
Early Releases


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That Never Happened
November 19, 2017 |   12:30PM
Directed by Ryan Boyko

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Bee Nation
November 18, 2017 | 12:30PM
Directed by Lana Šlezić

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The Road Forward
November 19, 2017 | 6:50PM
Directed by Marie Clements


Our Venues


Our screenings are held in three venues in Calgary. All venues are accessible.


Parking availability is limited at all of our venues. Please consider the environment in selecting your mode of transportation! City transit routes are indicated below and carpooling can be arranged via www.carpool.ca

 
 

JOHN DUTTON THEATRE, 
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY

616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

(Calgary Transit – Downtown C-Train)

 

GLOBE CINEMA
 

617 8 Avenue SW,  Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Downtown C-train)

 

RIVER PARK CHURCH AUDITORIUM

3818- 14A St. SW, Calgary

(Calgary Transit - Bus Route 13)

 
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NGO Village


Our NGO Village is where you can meet representatives from local non-profit groups, learn about their missions and volunteer opportunities, and buy crafts and fair trade items. Below a list of theparticipants in the 2016 festival.

 

Amnesty International Calgary

Calgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation

Calgary Raging Grannies

 

Calgary Social Workers for Social Justice

Calgary Diocese - Development & Peace

Energy for All

 

Fair Vote Canada

Fig Tree Foundation

Initiatives of Change Canada

 

LeftOvers YYC

People for Progress Foundation

Project Ploughshares Calgary

 

Renters Action Movement

ROSS- Relief Organization of South Sudan

Servants Anonymous Foundation / Global Wonders Jewelry

 

Sewing Seeds Canada

Sponsor Energy

Syrian Refugee Support Group Calgary

 

The Mustard Seed

Ujaama Grandmas

United Nations Association in Canada - Calgary Branch

 

Mennonite Central Committee

 

Mary's Meals Canada

Vibrant Communities Calgary

 

Ten Thousand Villages

Basic Income Canada Network


Sponsors



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