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Ottawa International Animation Festival
Are you a fan of classic cartoons and innovative new animation? Then head to the Ottawa International Animation Festival, running this year for five days from Sept. 26-30. The festival’s Animapass sells for $235 CAD, giving you access to regular screenings, workshops, parties, award ceremonies, and the chance to mingle with famous animation directors and studios. Founded in 1976, the OIAF is also known for its family-friendly activities and art exhibitions.
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Calgary Underground Film Festival
Taking place April 22-28 next year, the Calgary Underground Film Festival is for movie lovers looking for something wild and weird. Founded in 2003, a dizzying array of independent horror, science fiction, fantasy and comedy films have shown at CUFF throughout its history, including 2013’s controversial Hard to Be a God. Last year’s edition offered festival passes for $120 CAD.
While in Cowtown, be sure to check out the city’s eclectic restaurant and arts scene.
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Hot Docs Film Festival
The biggest documentary festival in North America, Toronto’s Hot Docs presents a selection of films that’s sure to impress any fan of non-fiction storytelling. The festival takes place in a century-old landmark theatre—the Hot Docs Cinema—located in the Annex neighbourhood, as well as TIFF Bell Lightbox and other theatres. The festival runs from April 25 to May 5 in 2019.