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Hot Date: Edmonton International Film Festival

Joely Collins and Ryan Grantham in Becoming Redwoord, the feature film opening the EIFF on September 28.
Photo courtesy of Storylab Productions

The always-exciting Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) returns with another run of engaging and enjoyable films from September 28 – October 6.

The EIFF is an opportunity to see some excellent lesser-known films that engage the dynamic features of film-making: strong scripts, motivated acting, and provocative plots. This will be the first time many of the the films are being shown, so when you’re at the festival you may just be watching the next Academy Award winner!

The premier night of EIFF opens with the Canadian film Becoming Redwood, which details a quirky, coming-of-age story involving imagination, frustration… and golf. Director/writer Jesse James Miller says that he based the story on his own childhood experience of “growing up . . . and surviving without parents” and found that though the story is a familiar one, the creative, visual form of film allowed him to explore and expose elements of the situation that makes Becoming Redwood a story “more intriguing and richer than my own”. Miller, as well as producer Joely Collins and lead actor Ryan Grantham, will be in attendance at the opening night gala.

The lineup at the festival is different every day, with the first film beginning around 12 pm and the last film starting around 9:30/10 pm. Some unique features of the festival include:

  • Lunchbox Shorts (Oct 1 – 5, 12 pm): A 45-minute collection of short films — with different selections each day — that provide some unique lunch-time entertainment. Return to the office feeling cultured and with something interesting to bring up ’round the water cooler.
  • 24/One Top 10 (Sept 29, 7 pm): Creative locals were invited to participate in this film-making challenge that required teams to produce a short film in just 24 hours. The Top 10 films from the competition will be screened at this event, and audience members will get to vote on which one will win the competition!
  • Our Own Backyard (Sept 30 12 pm – 11:30 pm): A full-day extravaganza that features a variety of full-length films, shorts, and documentaries that all have some connection to Albertan filmmakers — the production is regional but the content is engaging and diverse. Tickets for this all-day event are $10 and allow you to see as few or as many selections as you want!

The complete EIFF schedule can be found here.

All showings will be at Empire Theatres City Centre 9, 10200-102 Ave. Tickets $10 – $30; 6-film pass $62.50; All-access pass $129 (Passes available until Sept 30 only).

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