Why We Exist
CSIF was founded in 1978 by a collective of twelve filmmakers who saw the growing need for film resources and film equipment in Calgary. From our humble beginnings in a church basement, we have grown over the last 36-years to become a vital hub for both emerging and established filmmakers working in Calgary.
When the $100 Film Festival was born in 1992, it showcased eight short films on Super 8. The name sprung from the challenge to shoot a short film on four rolls of Super 8 – which tallied to the cost of $100. The festival is now an international celebration of creative expression on celluloid.
In 1998 CSIF partnered with the Gay and Lesbian Services Community Association to present the first annual FairyTales International Queer Film Festival, which has since set out on its own to become one of the leading LGBT film festivals in Canada.
Many of our members have gone on to excel in the Canadian independent film industry due to their hard work and imagination, aided by CSIF’s focus on production, exhibition and providing resources and support. Members today are still benefiting from this focus and, as their technical needs diversify and change, CSIF attempts to keep up with these changes.
Now approaching our 40th year of operation, we have become an integral part of the infrastructure and ecosystem of the greater Calgary Film and Media community, boasting over 200 members and counting. Visit us at our new offices in Sunalta – we are excited to talk about new collaborations and opportunities!
“CSIF has evolved into a hub for all kinds of filmmakers, and we must continue to support it so that it can, in turn, help churn out the next brilliant film from this community…. We must continue to make films, films that tell the stories of who we are, films that push boundaries and challenge the status quo, that perhaps even inspire positive change in ourselves or how we view the world.” – Filmmaker Corey Lee for FFWD Weekly