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The Calgary International Film Festival announced the Second Wave of Films screening at the 2016 festival. This selection of films, both features and shorts, are some of the most buzzed-about titles that have picked up major awards from other festivals.

“This year we decided to broaden our scope for international films and cast a wide net looking for films from all corners of the world,” said Sachin Gandhi, World Cinema Features Programmer. “With films from six continents, we have broken new ground by selecting films from nations that have never been at CIFF.”

“These films have collected top prizes at multiple film festivals,” added Gandhi, “including Cannes, Hot Docs, SXSW, Tribeca, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Montreal, Seattle and Adelaide.”


ADULT LIFE SKILLS – Tribeca Film Festival, Nora Ephron Prize
AMERICAN HONEY – Cannes Film Festival, Jury Prize
ANGRY INUK – Hot Docs, Canadian Documentary Promotion Award
GIRL ASLEEP – Seattle International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Best Feature Film
GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM – Hot Docs, Special Jury Prize
THE HANDMAIDEN – Cannes Film Festival, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist
I, DANIEL BLAKE – Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or
ONE WEEK AND A DAY – Jerusalem Film Festival, Best First Film
ROSA CHUMBE – Lima Latin American Film Festival, Best Peruan Film
THE STUDENT – Cannes Film Festival, François Chalais Award
TOWER – SXSW, Grand Jury Award Winner – Documentary Feature


Starting in 2016, CIFF is an Academy Awards® Qualifying Short Film Festival in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film categories. Along with this honour, CIFF’s programmers have been able to curate shorts that are among the best in the world. The following have already won major international awards and will be among those competing for CIFF’s 2016 jury-selected Best of Shorts Award, the winner of which will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film categories at the Academy Awards®.

BON VOYAGE – Palm Springs International ShortFest 2016, Best Live Action Over 15 Minutes
ENEMIES WITHIN – Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Audience Award
THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL – Festival de Cannes 2016, Jury Special Mention
BROKEN – THE WOMEN’S PRISON OF HOHENECK – Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Grand Prix for Best Film
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS – SXSW, Jury Prize, Best Doc Short
TIMECODE – Festival de Cannes/ Palme d’or Best Short Film

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