Calgary International Film Festival Opening Gala 2018

Wed September 19, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Calgary International Film Festival Opening Gala 2018

2018 Calgary International Film Festival Opening Gala

Jack Singer Concert Hall
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Red Carpet and live entertainment beginning at 6:30PM
Film Screening of THE SISTERS BROTHERS (directed by of Jacques Audiard) at 7:30PM

The Opening Gala will screen THE SISTERS BROTHERS, one of this year’s most anticipated films, based on the best-selling novel and starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The Opening Gala ticket includes access (subject to capacity) to an after party to be held at Bottlescrew Bill’s offering a cash bar.

This annual event promises to be fun and entertaining for the general public, representatives from the local and international film industry, dignitaries, and sponsors of the festival. Book your ticket and celebrate with us!

The Calgary International Film Festival is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. This year’s festival runs September 19 to 30, 2018. The Opening Gala will be a spectacular celebration that includes a pre-reception, red carpet, and live entertainment.

The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Music, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED talks and National Geographic speakers, to wedding dinners on the stage and rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the future replacement of all of its seats to be completed by fall 2017.