What We Do
Our Mission: We are an inclusive, non-profit, arts-based society that exists to encourage filmmaking as art, reflecting and challenging our changing cultural landscape through production, exhibition and distribution of the filmmaker’s work.
Our operations fall into two major categories:
- Production: equipment rentals, workshops, clubs, mentorships, networking opportunities
- Exhibition: yearly programming, $100 Film Festival, film library, community engagement and outreach
With the help of our equipment and resources, our approximately 200 members produce over 100 productions per year, including short films, documentaries, television shows, web series, music videos, and feature films. We’ve seen great international success from many of our longtime members, including Michael Dowse (GOON, FUBAR), Gary Burns (WAYDOWNTOWN, RADIANT CITY) and Kyle Thomas (THE VALLEY BELOW).
Our diverse programming reaches over 3000 people per year in the Calgary area. We also strive to reach underrepresented communities in Alberta by programming events in partnership with First Nations communities. Growing our scope to a national level, we have completed several touring projects that have reached audiences at partner film societies across Canada.
Beyond contributing to a sense of community for our members, we offer access to educational workshops and clubs for all skill levels (including learning the techniques of 8mm and 16mm filmmaking), production and post-production equipment rentals, mentorships, and screening programming that often showcases our members’ work.
Aided by our focus on skill-based workshops, production, and exhibition, many CSIF members have gone on to excel in the Canadian independent film industry. Members today are still benefiting from our focus on and commitment to technical skill, access to information, and mentorship.
“With so much freedom to explore arenas of interest, the creative flow gives way to an impressive amount of output. In a world where grants and opportunity come to those who have performed in the professional and oftentimes cut-throat business of film, CSIF is quietly but effectively bringing a large amount of work to the table that is created with a sense of community and enthusiasm.” – Jennie Orton, Beatroute Magazine