2020 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 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. 




 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. 

 Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 CSIF Members/Students/Seniors 


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. 

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 CSIF Members/Students/Seniors 


 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)  

Programme: Fierce/Femme/Free 

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)

Festival After Party & Awards Announcement

 Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 CSIF Members/Students/Seniors 

3-Day Festival Passes are available here.