Edmonton’s Film-making Scene

On Monday, Feb. 18, the Edmonton Public Library invites you to join us for our first Family Day Film-making Festival! Embrace your cinematic creativity with all our awesome film-themed activities from 1-5 p.m. Whether you want to rock the red carpet in your "hautest" creation, write a script for the next box office hit, or learn all about the epic soundtracks to your favourite flicks, you will get a chance to learn all about what goes into creating a movie!

As part of organizing the Film-making Festival, we explored the history of film-making in Edmonton. Beyond celebrities like Nathan Fillion (from Firefly and Castle), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), Tommy Chong, Olivia Cheng (Netflix’s Marco Polo), and Eric Johnson (Smallville and Fifty Shades Darker), many films have been and are shot in Edmonton. According to the International Movie Database (IMDB), there have been 569 films shot in Edmonton, starting with Michael Curtiz’s “Captains of the Clouds,” in 1942 and leading to Brett Harvey’s film, “Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo,” starring Danny Trejo.

Many films shot in Edmonton are either from the horror or Christmas genres, but Edmonton has had a wide variety of films ranging from the Bollywood movie, “Bekhudi” (released in 1992), to the documentary, “Battle of Alberta: Edmonton Calgary Rivalry” (released in 2016).

Many of the films shot in Edmonton are low budget films, and according to Director Michael Maxxis, it’s not easy or cheap to film in our city (for Hollywood level productions). Equipment had to be flown for his film “Puppy Love” (2017).  That said, the cost hasn’t prevented a variety of film festivals from being held in Edmonton to celebrate local and international films. These include the Edmonton International Film Festival, DEDfest, NORTHWESTFEST and the Edmonton Short Film Festival (which bills itself as an alternative film festival celebrating Alberta’s independent film and local film community).

We are so excited to celebrate the art of film-making with you, and who knows, perhaps you and your family will be the next to premiere a film for the Edmonton community!

We've got Family Day activities happening at all of our branches! Find out what's happening at an EPL location near you.

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