At the Calgary Justice Film Festival, we present some of the world’s best justice focused documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. We’ve brought influential documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors and donors, we’ve done it all free of charge to attendees.

Every screening includes an audience-driven discussion with a facilitator, for example, the filmmaker or experts on the film topic. Bringing the topics home and learning about resources to take action are part of the joy of this festival. These conversations are lively, inclusive, and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.



To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

a) The film must be a non-fictional documentary. No dramas or drama-documentaries will be considered.

b) Documentaries must be longer than six minutes.

c) Documentaries must focus on justice issues such as human rights, the environment, animal rights, or social issues.

d) Documentaries should highlight contemporary, relevant issues for our time.

e) Post-production completed by January 1st, 2024.

f) Films should not have been previously screened in Calgary, Canada, and cannot be available on the internet.

g) Films must be in their original language and have English subtitles if the original language is non-English. It is preferred that the subtitles are built into the film.

h) Projects previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will not be reconsidered.


Selected films for the CJFF November 2024 festival will be notified in July 2024.


By submitting a film project to CJFF for consideration for the 2024 festival you acknowledge and agree to the following:

a) You represent and warrant to CJFF that:

i) You are are authorized to submit this film on behalf of yourself or others.

ii) Exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity.

iii) The film is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding.

iv) Exhibition of the film will not violate/infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or other personal/property right of any person/entity, and that the film does not include a defamation of any person/entity. You have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind associated with the exhibition of the film.

b) If the film is accepted by the CJFF for it's programming season you acknowledge:

i)That CJFF’s exhibition of the film does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between CJFF and myself and/or the Film’s Owners on the other.

ii)On behalf of yourself and the Film’s Owners, that you understand that neither you nor any of the Film’s Owners are due any compensation for such exhibition.

c) You acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the CJFF or the Festival in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the CJFF’s selection of the Film for the Festival.

d) You and the Film’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Film for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the CJFF or the Festival of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

e) You grant CJFF the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from/relating to the film for promotional purposes.

f) You grant CJFF the right to issue publicity concerning the filmmakers and the film including use of all associated names, likenesses and biographical information.

g) You also agree to provide up-to-date contact information pertaining to the director and producer(s) of the Film, and to grant the CJFF and the Festival, at their sole and absolute discretion, the right to provide this information to film industry organizations that sponsor Festival events.


You agree, on behalf of yourself and each of the Film’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the CJFF , from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by CJFF at any time in connection with the film or the CJFF’s use, handling or consideration thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by you to the CJFF or the Festival, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.


You warrant and agree, on behalf of yourself (and each of the Film’s Owners) that:

a) The film is being submitted to CJFF voluntarily, and that the submission of the Film neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the CJFF to accept the film for inclusion it's programming, to acknowledge the submission of the film, or to return the film to you or others.

b) You and the Film’s Owners, in submitting the Film for consideration, are waiving, forfeiting, foregoing and relinquishing any right that you or others might otherwise have to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the CJFF.

c) That CJFF has made no claims, representations or guarantees, and has provided no assurances, in relation to the internal process utilized by the CJFF with respect to selection of films for inclusion in the Festival, and that the submission of the Film neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the CJFF or the Festival, the Film’s Owners, or you or your related parties with comments, feedback or other information pertaining to the viewing or consideration of the Film by the CJFF for possible inclusion in the Festival.

d) You are 18 years of age or older, or that, you are younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in your province, you have provided the CJFF with signed, written consent from your parent or legal guardian.

5. CJFF pays you or the Film Owners (as agreed in writing with CJFF) a screening fee in accordance with the Canadian Exhibition and Screening Fee Schedule of the year CJFF screens your film at the festival.


By submitting your film to CJFF, you agree with and accept all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Anja Strelec

    Amazing festival, great organisation. We were very happy that our film was screened at Calgary Justice Film Festival, such an important festival with important topics. Keep up the great work.

    November 2023

    Unfortunately, the pandemic got in the way of everything, but even with all that was happening, Marda Loop curated a strong selection and created a very special environment online to watch and discuss these amazing films. We were very proud to be part of it with our feature-length documentary "Servidão"/"Servitude", by Renato Barbieri.

    February 2021
  • Tamer Soliman

    A fantastic festival to be a part of for many reasons. It helps to have organizers who care deeply about getting the word out about selected films including ours - The Great Disconnect.

    February 2021
  • spencer i. wilkinson

    In the midst of the pandemic, Marda Loop Justice created a wonderful experience for our Alice Street team. It was an honor to be part of the festival and to show the film in Calgary!

    January 2021
  • Jonathan Blank

    Great festival run by great people who are motivated to promote interesting discussions and positive change.
    Films are given individual attention, well promoted, and shown to enthusiastic audiences at cool venues. My screening was full and the discussion after was lively.
    It's also the only festival I've been to where the screenings are free to attend. Very cool.

    December 2019