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Reel Fun Film Festival
Admission Prices
Family Pass $30.00
Adults $15.00
Seniors/Students $7.00
Children (4-17) $7.00
Children under 4 Free
Cardel Theatre

180 Quarry Park Blvd. SE
Calgary Alberta
Phone: (403) 258-1511
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Lights! Cameras! Action!
Join us at the Cardel Theaters on Monday, February 21st for our kickoff to the 5th annual Reel Fun Film Festival, and discover what it's like to be on a real live film set! Starting at 10am, the lobby of the Cardel Theatre will be transformed into a working film set, where you can come and take a turn in front of, and behind the camera! Find out what it's like to be a director, a camera or sound operator, an editor, or take a turn in front of the camera and show the world your acting chops!.

When you are not busy making a film, you can pop into the theatre and watch a film. Starting at 11am we will begin running a series of short films for younger audiences (Ages 4+) and at 1:30pm we will screen another series of short films for a little older film lovers (Ages 8+).

Below are some details of the activites as well as film information on a small number of films - click the "Films" link to view a complete listing of films being shown on the day.

Reel Fun Family Day Activities:

Camera Operator!
Regan Enderl, camera operator/assistant for film and television with 20 years’ experience, will have an interactive booth where kids can try their hand at camera operating and other key positions on a film set!

Michael Playfair, an experienced sound recorder and mixer in dozens of films will be on hand with others to show you how to record the sounds you see on the big screen!

Special Effects Makeup!
Gail Kennedy, Emmy Award winning Make-up Artist for film and television with over 30 years’ experience will be providing special effects make-up demonstrations on willing participants!

Edit a Movie!
Duane Martin, editor for film and television, will have an interactive editing suite where you make the callon where to cut and where to add cool sound effects!

Dean Harper, reptile trainer for movies and television for 15 years. Several reptile stars will be on hand for families to get up close and personal with!

Make a Movie Trailer!
Did you ever wonder how a movie trailer is made? Why are they made and why are they called 'trailers'? The Director’s Cut will be there to answer these questions and show you how to shoot a movie trailer.



Sample Film Shorts Being Screened:

  Click here to view the full list of films...

Rated: G

The Gruffalo
UK / Animated Short / English / 27 min / Grades K-12

Oscar Nominated FilmThis animated award winning short, based on the modern classic book, has an amazing cast of impressive actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson. It is a magical tale of a mouse who takes a stroll through the woods. Encountering three predators - a fox, an owl and a snake - the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive.

Screening Times:
2/21 11:00am, 2/22 9:30am, 2/23 12:30pm, 2/24 9:30am

View Trailer Film Website

Rated: G

Alex and the Ghosts
Canada / Animated Short / English / 6:44 min / Grades K-12

Alex's grandfather was an usher at the Old Montreal Forum and used to tell Alex all kinds of exciting and magical stories about the old legends of hockey, and how they became the ghosts of the Canadiens. Now that his grandfather has passed away, Alex wants so much to get closer to his father by initiating him to the enchanted world he shared with his grandfather: the magic of the ghosts of the old legends. Alex and the Ghosts is a story of childhood magic and wonderment around a legendary hockey team, uniting the past and present, reaching out to the youthful hearts of sport fans of all ages.

Screening Times:
2/21 11:00am, 2/22 9:30am, 2/23 12:30pm, 2/24 9:30am

View Trailer Film Website

Rated: G

The Lost Thing
Australian / Animated Short / English / 15 min / Grades K-12

Oscar Nominated FilmA boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realizing it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he doesn not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it.

Screening Times:
2/21 11:00am, 2/22 9:30am, 2/23 12:30pm, 2/24 9:30am

View Trailer Film Website

If you have any questions or comments we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email at: or call Cathy at (403) 275-9373 / (403) 875-8875