The Calgary International Film Festival added more colours to the traditional red carpets, celebrating the prominence of this year’s LGBTQ+ film selections.
On Friday, Sept. 23, the stars of Francheska: Prairie Queen alongside director Laura Lynn O’Grady and members of Calgary’s Filipino and pageant communities took the Rainbow Carpet to celebrate the film’s CIFF premiere.
The documentary film follows Francis Yutrago, performing under the drag queen stage name of Francheska Dynamites.
The red carpet was just one of several upcoming at Eau Claire Market and at the Globe Cinema.
On Sunday, Sept. 25, red carpets will be held for Before I Change My Mind at 3 p.m. and the Alberta Spirit films at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Eau Claire.
Monday, Sept. 26 will have a red carpet for Part of the Pack and Adult Adoption at 7:15 p.m. at Eau Claire.
Tegan and Sara will be walking their red carpet for the CIFF screening of High School on Thursday, Sept. 29. That red carpet begins at 7:15 p.m., following the 4:15 and 5:15 carpets for The Maiden, And Still I Sing, and Things I Imagined.
The red carpets wrap up for CIFF at the Globe Cinema on Friday and Saturday. Dark Nature and Bones of Crows and Icebreaker will be at 6 and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday. Father of Nations will be occurring on Saturday at 4 p.m.
And for CIFF visitors who want to walk the red carpet themselves, alongside their best dressed furry friends, there will be a special red car-pet between 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Globe Cinema.