2023 Festival


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 28th 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.

In early 2020, we had to cancel our 28th festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, 3 years later, we are able to safely meet in person to celebrate film shot and projected on film! The show will feature themed shorts programmes 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 Visiting Artist Aaron Zeghers! Aaron will be presenting a retrospective of his filmography, as well as an Artist Talk (time TBA).

 Thank you to our supporters for the 28th festival: Calgary Arts DevelopmentAlberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and Telefilm



10:30am | University of Calgary Social Sciences building SS203

Artist Lecture: Observations on the Film Festival Industrial Complex 

Presented in partnership with the University of Calgary Communications, Media, and Film Department. This lecture will also be available via Zoom. 

 7pm | Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary)

Program: Opening Night Optical Illusions 

Persistence of vision is the optical illusion at the heart of cinema. This program of optical illusions is recontructed from the remaining celluloid relics from the Lost 2020 Artifact Film Fest. The program will open with a live musical performance by Chris Dadge.



7pm | Festival Hall  (1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary)

Program: Accessibility in Analogue 

This program will feature a special presentation of the premiere Super 8 work created by disabled filmmakers with the National accessArts Center, as well as short analog works from around the world which exemplify inclusion and arts equity. Q & A with filmmakers to follow the program. 



7pm | Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary)

Program: Opening Night - Aaron Zeghers retrospective! 

Join Artifact Film Fest in celebrating the small format work of Canadian filmmaker Aaron Zeghers. 

The program will begin and end with live performances to Zeghers films.