The Artifact Small Format Film Festival (formerly the $100 Film Festival) is Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival. 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. In following years, the festival dropped the budgetary limit and allowed 16 mm film, which shifted the focus from low budget to quality small-format films. Thus, the name was changed to the Artifact Small Format Film Festival in 2017 so as to better represent the festival's role as an international celebration of creative story telling on celluloid.
Over the years, Artifact has expanded to include the popular Film/Music Explosion!, commission projects, and various partnerships.
Artifact is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that exhibit exclusively on small-format celluloid. We are proud to be among the select few that continue to keep this unique medium alive, and to draw celluloid lovers to Calgary each year.
The Artifact Small-Format Film Festival is an annual 3-day film festival, screening exclusively Super8 and 16mm film. Formerly the $100 Film Festival, we are now in our 27th year of celebrating celluloid film! We are proud to be among the select few that continue to keep this unique medium alive and to draw celluloid lovers to Calgary each year.
Each night of the festival will be kicked off with our Film/Music Explosion series, which features a live performance by a local artist, accompanied by a Super 8 music video directed by a local filmmaker. The show will continue with a themed shorts programme of Super 8 and 16mm films from around the world. Each screening will have a 15-minute intermission and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.
This year we are pleased to welcome filmmaker and scholar Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof! She will be presenting a retrospective of her 16mm filmography throughout the festival, as well as an Artist Talk at the University of Calgary on Friday, March 8th, and a Photogram workshop on Saturday, March 9th.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH
7pm | The Grand (608 1st Street SW)
Film/Music Explosion Series: Chief n’ Council + Tyler K. Longmire (Co-presented by CJSW 90.9)
Programme: Unexplained Phenomena
This programme explores extrasensory and paranormal perceptions, strange encounters, mysterious locations, and ghostly apparitions- unexplainable and all captured on super 8 and 16mm. Q & A with several of the filmmakers to follow the program.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH
2:30pm |University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW) SS 203
Visiting Filmmaker Artist Talk: "Media-Meaning-Matter: Resounding Bodies and the Feminine in Experimental Cinema's Media Poetics" | FREE 7pm | The Grand (608 1st Street SW)
Film/Music Explosion Series: Harmony Guzheng Ensemble + Vicki Van Chau (Co-presented by CJSW 90.9)
Programme: Forces of Nature
From urban cityscapes to countryside pastures, these Super 8 and 16mm manifestations take up issues related to nature, landscape, and environment. Q & A with several of the filmmakers to follow the program.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH
1pm |CSIF (#100 1725 - 10 Avenue SW)
Visiting Artist Workshop: Make Your Own Photogram
Time TBA | | Price TBA
7pm |The Grand (608 1st Street SW)
Film/Music Explosion Series: Cartel Madras + Gillian McKercher (Co-presented by Sled Island)
An eclectic mix of films that grapple with identity and society- featuring explorations of gender, sexuality, politics, and authenticity through the medium of Super 8 and 16mm. Q & A with several of the filmmakers to follow the program.
9pm | The Grand (608 1st Street SW)