Our Top Tips for the Best Queer Film Festival Experience Ever!

We’re excited to host our upcoming 20th anniversary Fairy Tales Calgary’s Film Festival! From Friday, May 25 to Saturday, June 2 we will be featuring 18 films, documentaries, discussions, live performances, Q&As and special events! 

Here’s a handy list of tips for having the best festival experience!

1. Arrive early!

We recommend coming at least 15 minutes early. The plaza is licensed, so you can grab a beer or wine to enjoy with the film, and you can purchase snacks from The Plaza concession stand. All seating is general admission, and for busy screenings, we can’t guarantee a seat if you arrive late!

2. Research and Plan

Take time to research and decide which films are most important for you to see. Check out our awesome online schedule, or pick up a handy printed festival schedule at The Plaza.

3. Take a Risk

Enter the festival with an open mind, and attend an event or two that’s out of your comfort zone. We encourage inclusion for all, which is why our programming committee has developed such a diverse lineup this year!

4. Visit our Programming Committee at The Naked Leaf

Our programming committee will always be available to discuss the film and our programming choices. Just head on over to The Naked Leaf (across the street from The Plaza) at the end of the screening.

5. Take advantage of great deals at local businesses in Kensington

Kensington is one of Calgary’s best neighbourhoods! We encourage you to grab a drink or dinner or peruse the local shops before the screening. Take advantage of these fantastic deals for Fairy Tales ticket holders!

6. Tell a friend!

Independent festivals like Fairy Tales rely on the tremendous support of our audiences who believe in our vision of inclusivity and diverse representation on the silver screen. We encourage you to spread the word and remind you that we are working hard to be accessible to everyone in our community. The Plaza is wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral washrooms are available, and all our films have subtitles or ASL interpretation available. Everyone is welcome!

7. Have Fun

This has to be priority number one. Take time to network, meet new friends, and engage in exciting live Q&As and panel discussions! Our festival is open to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies. We have family-friendly films, date night shorts, a sing along to Rent and so much more! We truly have something for everyone, and we can’t wait to see you there!

What events are you planning to attend? Comment below.

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