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In-theatre and online, the Edmonton International Film Fest is a go!

Filmmakers introduce gala opening and closing night screenings, and welcome patrons to popular film fest Oct. 1-10
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Portraits From a Fire is the opening night film for this year's lauded Edmonton Internationa Film Festival. Photo submitted.

Audiences have two opportunities to take in the 35th edition of the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) with over 40 feature length dramas/documentaries and 160 short films ready to entertain from October 1-10.

Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre once again plays host to the in-person screenings, with 20 theatrical-exclusive titles. Seating capacity in each theatre is reduced by 50 per cent, and the festival is expanded to four screens, say organizers. Historically, EIFF films are only programmed once, but this year, most feature films will each have two in-theatre screenings.

Online, patrons can see a buffet of films through the EVENTIVE platform, with varying windows of availability from October 1-31.

"Despite these strange times, filmmakers want to connect with audiences, so there will be opportunities for aspiring filmmakers and movie lovers to ask questions and tap into the minds of directors, writers and actors who'll be in attendance," said Sydney Moule, EIFF associate producer and programmer. "We weren't certain anyone would want to travel, given the circumstances facing our province right now, but we'll be hosting a number of filmmakers."

This year’s guests with feature films include Trevor Mack, director/writer for Portraits From a Fire, Kyle Armstrong, director/writer for Hands That Bind, Colleen Wheeler, producer/actor for Attic Trunk, and TJ Parsell, producer/director of Invisible. 

Historically, EIFF kicks off its 10-day celebration of cinema with a salute to local storytellers. This year's Portraits From a Fire is the opener, a story that follows young Tyler who spends his days filmmaking, vlogging his Indigenous community and hanging out with his grandparents. It's fun and touching, say organizers.

Closing out the festival on Oct. 10, it's the Canadian premiere of the documentary feature Holy Frit!, which folllows artist Tim Carey and his journey to create the world's largest stained-glass window.

Sprinkled among these ‘big pictures’ is a selection of short film programs curated from the thousands of films submitted this season, including the ever-popular LUNCHBOX SHORTS™.  Also attending are filmmakers with STUDIO A(lberta) short film programs. Thirty shorts are showcased in six unique programs which screen Oct 2 and 3 at Landmark Cinemas, and Oct. 3-31 online.

Since 2016, EIFF has been an OSCAR qualifying festival for the short film categories in animation and live action. This year's festival presents 200 films from 35 countries over 10 days. A complete schedule and film guide are available at www.edmontonfilmfest.com

Single tickets for all films are now available.