CAFF 2017 .. a wonderful success!

Central Alberta Film Festival,  a weekend filled with 38 independent films, one-on-one interviews, industry networking, lights and red carpets, custom CAFF awards, celebrations and a whole lot of memories and connections made. From a memorable CAFF Yellow Ribbon Cutting on Friday afternoon, the closing VIP Victory Celebration held at a trio of downtown businesses Saturday evening, and whole lot of talented films in between – we are so honoured in saying that our first festival was deemed a huge success.

While showcasing numerous feature films and blocks of shorts on the Friday and Saturday at Carnival Cinemas, it all wound up to our big finale with an exciting double-feature event, that was paired with our awards ceremony late afternoon on Saturday. Guests had the tough choice between viewing “Pushing Dead” starring Danny Glover, or locally produced “She Has a Name”, and then all joining together in one theatre immediately after for the CAFF Awards.

Bringing together approximately 650 guests in just two short days, and numerous filmmakers and their cast & crews from all over, we could not have asked for a better first festival.

Keep an eye on CAFF social media platforms, along with our website and newsletter, as we begin our planning for the second annual Central Alberta Film Festival happening in 2018.

CAFF 2017 Award Winners

BENNY THE BRICK

After failing to start his professional fighting career, Benny (Tucker New), moves back to town and tries to regain employment as a bouncer at the seedy “Tracks” bar. When he learns that his younger sister Madison (Daryn Tessier) is working there he is willing to do anything to get her to leave.

GENERATION HOPE

Filmed on location at Mary’s Meals’ projects in Malawi, Haiti and India, this uplifting film introduces us to members of what we call ‘Generation Hope’ – the group of young people who, having received our daily meals in school, have gone on to further education or paid employment, something they insist would simply not have been possible without the support provided by Mary’s Meals.

ELDER IN THE MAKING

A Blackfoot Aboriginal and a Chinese-Canadian embark on a spiritual journey of reconciliation across their shared home.

BENNY THE BRICK

After failing to start his professional fighting career, Benny (Tucker New), moves back to town and tries to regain employment as a bouncer at the seedy “Tracks” bar. When he learns that his younger sister Madison (Daryn Tessier) is working there he is willing to do anything to get her to leave.

GENERATION HOPE

Filmed on location at Mary’s Meals’ projects in Malawi, Haiti and India, this uplifting film introduces us to members of what we call ‘Generation Hope’ – the group of young people who, having received our daily meals in school, have gone on to further education or paid employment, something they insist would simply not have been possible without the support provided by Mary’s Meals.

THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN SEALS STORY

This was the NHL expansion team that was supposed to be a contender but instead became the laughing stock of professional hockey. When it came to the California Golden Seals – everything that could go wrong, did. The team endured an endless series of obstacles and humiliations, but despite their uphill struggle, the Seals would sometimes come together to score incredible upsets that would shock the NHL…and themselves.

SHE HAS A NAME

The Pearl is a popular destination for sex tourists, famous for beautiful girls from all over Asia and the place where JASON, an American lawyer, poses as a john so he can secretly meet with girls forced to work as prostitutes. Certain a young girl known only as NUMBER 18 can be a key witness for his case, JASON must convince her to testify against her cut throat pimp. When his investigation starts to unravel, JASON realizes that rather than save 18 from her horrific circumstances he has put her life at risk. With a crime syndicate now chasing him down and no resources but his own wits, JASON must try rescue NUMBER 18 in the crowded city before the pimp moves her, for good.

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, the filmmakers and our community…

Without you all, this event would not have been nearly as successful as it was, or even possible for that matter. CAFF aims to bring the community, province and eventually country together through the love and passion of film. Hearing the wonderful feedback regarding this event really reflected the interest from our community, the talent of the film submissions, the support of our sponsors and the hard work of our volunteers. So for that, we thank you all. We hope to see you all at the next Central Alberta Film Festival, 2018 …