Marda Loop Justice Film Festival 2018

November 13 - 18 , 2018


Featured Films

Bird of Prey

Bird of Prey

What does it take to save the world’s largest and rarest eagle from extinction?


Lana Gets Her Talk

Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack meditates on the enduring traumatic effects of the Indian Residential School system as she works on her mixed-media sculpture called Lost my Talk.


Testimonies of a Massacre: Tula Toli

A film about the massacre of Rohingya people in Tula Toli by the Myanmar army, documenting crucial evidence the massacre was pre-planned by the Myanmar government.

Drawn Together

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes

A chance to unlearn stereotyping, this film looks beyond the obvious to confront media prejudices through comics and cartoons.



Metamorphosis bears witness to the true scale of the global and environmental crisis, capturing a moment of profound change when one world is lost and another is born.

What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

Follow the story of Walaa, a girl who breaks all the rules, as she survives basic training to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Force.

Head to our Festival page for the full list of film screenings in 2018!

Festival News


MLJFF Featured on Flight Network

MLJFF made it to Flight Network’s list of the best festivals in North America! From the shores of California to the mystique of Prince Edward Island, Flight Network explored festivals for foodies, music buffs, dog lovers, and of course film goers.

Check out their page to see the full list.



20th Anniversary of Calgary Movies

Long-time friend of MLJFF and a staple of Calgary’s film scene, Calgary Movies is celebrating their 20th anniversary in style! They will be hosting a 1-day film festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Globe Cinema and everyone is invited to attend. The films in their festival line-up were curated by local film festivals, including the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival. MLJFF’s selection is Bee Nation by Lana Slezic. The film is about the highs, lows, and everything in between of the first ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee. It is a throwback from #MLJFF2017  and was a United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) sponsored film. Moviegoers can catch the film at 3:00 PM on Saturday.



Richard Abma

It is with a heavy heart that the MLJFF family must share some sad news. Richard Abma passed away last week after a hard fought battle against cancer.

He was an incredible man, who spent his entire life nurturing knowledge and supporting the community - whether it was in the classroom or screening films he deeply cared about. Richard played a crucial role in the festival for over 12 years and we truly wouldn't have a festival without his commitment. We will miss his guidance, patience and humour but are grateful knowing he is no longer suffering.

A public memorial service will be held on January 27 2018 at River Park Church (3818 14A St. SW) at 1 p.m.


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