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Banff Television Festival

Dreamspeakers Film Festival

Fairy Tales Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival

Local Heroes International Screen Festival


Every year, throughout Alberta, a multitude of events that support, promote and encourage individuals involved in film, video, television, web design and animation occur. Creative events such as workshops and seminars provide artists with experience, skills and offer constructive feedback. Calgary, Banff and Edmonton, among other Alberta communities, have developed a series of events that promote the aforementioned industries and their various forms.

Aboriginal Film FestivalFilm festivals are an excellent way for filmmakers to gain exposure while audiences are granted access to explore different types of films. Some of Alberta's film festivals are quite specialized, exploring a particular type of film by a specific type of artist. For example, the Aboriginal Film Festival showcases films made by and about Aboriginal peoples, promoting learning and expression regarding their cultures, while the Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival endeavors to respect and embrace gender differences through film. Other events such as the Local Heroes International Screen Festival have a broader mandate. The festival displays a wide selection of international features and Canadian films and provides seminars encouraging individuals to critique works and receive constructive criticism. The $100 Film Festival is another example of an event that offers an eclectic mix of animation, drama, comedy and experimental films.

Calgary International Film FestivalTelevision is a form of new media that many individuals explore everyday. The Banff Television Festival recognizes the significance of television as a tool for learning and informing, and therefore, the festival seeks to promote and encourage the industry. Geared toward television program makers and content creators, the Banff Television Festival creates an environment conducive to making contacts and developing business relationships.

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Animethon As animation has recently developed a large following of dedicated artists and fans, a number of events have emerged to celebrate the medium. The Animation Show is an event that features an assortment of some of the best in animated short films and simultaneously gives the animators greater public exposure. One of the largest animé festivals in Western Canada is Animethon, its mandate is to feature a wide selection of new and classic animé while promoting and educating the public about Japanese animation.

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