Calgary International Film Festival 2021 Now Underway with Streaming and Movie Viewing


Grab some popcorn and get ready, as the 2021 Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) begins today.

The annual event takes place every fall, but it’s a hybrid model this year with some films showing virtual and theatrical viewing of others.

More than 175 films will be screened during the two weeks of CIFF from September 23 to October 3.

Among the films shown is Drink water, with Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), which premieres on September 25. The film follows a clumsy teenager who struggles to fit in and his quirky father who spends more time trying not to get caught defrauding the government than paying attention to his son.

People attending the cinema in person will need to prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 48 hours. Government-issued photo ID is also required.

Masks are mandatory for all cinema visitors but can be removed once seated. If you forgot your mask, one will be provided to you free of charge. If a client cannot wear a face shield due to medical issues, a face shield will be provided.

Movie streaming is not only available to Calgarians; people all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba can see the films. However, residents of other provinces will not be able to do so as the movies are geo-restricted exclusively to these three.

Ticket prices this year have been reduced to $ 13.50 for a single ticket.

For more information on the 22sd Annual Calgary International Film Festival – including the full 2021 film lineup – you can visit

Darcy J. Skinner

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