The box office is open for the latest edition of the Calgary International Film Festival. Featuring over 200 feature and short films, this year’s festival showcases filmmakers from around the world in a city known for hosting movie makers in a big way. CIFF is the ultimate movie buff’s experience that warrants a trip to the city during the height of film festival season.

In between hitting the red carpet and witnessing tomorrow’s Oscar winners before they hit theatres, why not check out the locations where some of the biggest blockbusters and critically acclaimed flicks were filmed?

Here are 8 filming locations you can visit around Calgary that you’ll recognize from some of your favourite movies and television series:   

1. The Revenant (2015)

Acclaimed director Alejandro Iñárritu brought Leonardo DiCaprio to the beauty of Kananaskis Country and the Canadian Badlands for the backdrop of his wilderness epic. See the vistas of The Revenant and steer clear of the bears in Dinosaur Provincial Park and Kananaskis Country for a unique silver screen experience. 

2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Look up to the same bronco busting saddles Jake Gyllenhaal checked out at Ranchman’s, one of Calgary’s favourite Western style dancehalls and one of the bars used for this famous love story where Jack met Lureen, breaking everyone’s heart (including Ennis).

3. Superman (1978)

Look up, look way up, and capture the views of downtown Calgary that made it the perfect stand in for the Manhattan skyline. Head to the top of the Calgary Tower and see where the prairies meet the mountains from Clark Kent’s perspective.

4. Fargo (2014-present)

Calgary has the hidden gems and quirky characters the Cohen Brothers would appreciate. Named Canada’s greatest neighbourhood, Inglewood often serves as the backdrop for the television reimagining of the classic film. Grab a slice at Inglewood Pizza (as featured in the series) for the ultimate small screen experience.

5. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Discover all the beauty of Elbow Falls as seen in The Bourne Legacy, just without the danger experienced on screen, with 7 Views That Will Take Your Breath Away.

6. Cool Runnings (1993)

Feel the rhythm, feel the ride, and relive the famous 1988 Winter Olympic run of Cool Runnings with summer and winter bobsleigh rides at WinSport. The Jamaican bobsleigh is on display at WinSport’s main entrance. You can also learn more about the ultimate underdogs with a trip to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

7. The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)

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All aboard the locomotive at Heritage Park that will make you feel like the most infamous bank robber in the history of the world. Filmed on location at Heritage Park, Brad Pitt and the rest of the crew took to the classic train for this western epic.

8. Heartland (2007-present)

This year, CIFF celebrates the longest-running hour-long drama in the history of Canada television with a retrospective on a decade of Heartland. Showcase Alberta features a screening of the first episode of season 10 and a chance to meet the cast.

Tour High River, the Home of Heartland, for an up close look into the backdrop of the popular television series. Located in the foothills of southern Alberta, High River is filled with familiar streetscapes and locations of the fictional community of Hudson.

Movie buffs and film lovers unite for a 12-day showcase of over 200 feature and short films at the 17th annual Calgary International Film Festival, September 21 – October 2, 2016. Get your tickets for the full lineup now.

Coming to Calgary for CIFF?

Here’s your guide to checking out one of Canada’s preeminent film festivals.


Get star struck from the silver screen to the small screen with the parties and screenings that make CIFF the ultimate celebration of film at these venues.

  • Jack Singer Concert Hall – The opening gala for the festival kicks off at Jack Singer Concert Hall, shining a light on the marquee films with the largest and highest profile event of the festival.
  • Globe Cinema – From the biggest screenings to the festival award winners, the Globe Cinema is at the centre of the international film festival action.
  • TELUS Spark – Showcasing projects by youth filmmakers, TELUS Spark hosts the Youth by Youth Cinema Showcase.
  • Flames Central – Celebrate a decade of Heartland with Showcase Alberta along Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary.  
  • Eau Claire Market – From the festival launch to daily screenings, Eau Claire Market is host to some of the festivals biggest and brightest films.
  • Theatre Junction Grand – Close out the gala with an Alberta film and one final party at Theatre Junction Grand.


Roll out the red carpet and enjoy the movie star treatment at one of these downtown Calgary hotels.

  • Hotel Arts – Embrace your inner filmmaker with an inspired stay at Calgary’s designer boutique style hotel.
  • Fairfield Inn &Suites Calgary Downtown – Walk the red carpet from start to finish with this popular downtown hotel close to all the festival screenings and galas.
  • Fairmont Palliser – Treat yourself like a movie star with a stay at one of Calgary’s most iconic hotels located in the heart of the cinematic action. 


Calgary has the vibrant culinary scene for before the previews start and the late night eats for after the credits roll to satisfy every film goer’s taste.

  • Charcut Roast House – Eat, drink, and gather before a good film at this award winning steakhouse before you walk the red carpet.
  • CRAFT Beer Market – With over 100 beers on tap, CRAFT is the perfect place to share your love for a good pint and a good film.
  • Clive Burger – Grab a classic American burger with a made-to-order meal served up with a milk shake or local pint along 17th Avenue.

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