The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers exists to fuel filmmakers, support storytellers, and connect the cinematic community. 

KATIE WACKETT Programming & Communications Director

Are you interested in accessing affordable film equipment, filmmaking workshops, and community activities? Then you should definitely think about joining the CSIF membership!

The membership policy of CSIF is intended to engage members who are willing to commit time and energy to the society in exchange for CSIF's commitment towards their individual film making endeavours.

As a member, you'll also receive perks and discounts from our community partners: 

The Camera StoreMatrix Video CommunicationsNiagara Custom LabVistekCalgary CinemathequeQuickdraw Animation SocietyCalgary Underground Film FestivalFairytales Film FestivalGlobe CinemaRosso Coffee RoastersShelf Life Books, and Frame Discreet.



CSIF acknowledges and honours the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We aim to be an environment where anyone can have access to a variety of resources (workshops, grants, equipment) to tell their unique story through film.


CSIF embodies and embraces the film geek. From knowing all about the latest and greatest developments in technology to celebrating the art of film past and present, we are a community of like-minded people willing to share and grow our passion for film. 


CSIF board and staff are committed to mentoring one another and our members. Whether through a workshop, an info session, or taking time show someone how to use gear, CSIF is a place to become better at what we do and who we are. 


CSIF strives to maintain a light, fun, and buoyant atmosphere for the filmmaker. Though the work can be stressful and the stakes often high, we aim to approach it with a sense of humour and a healthy perspective. 

CSIF was founded in 1978 by a collective of twelve filmmakers who saw the growing need for film resources and film equipment on the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), also known as Calgary, Alberta. Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, funding was established through the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Calgary Region Art Foundation to provide the equipment and resources for independent filmmakers in Calgary. Memberships grew as did interest in learning the techniques of 8mm and 16mm filmmaking so workshops were introduced to increase the skill level of members. 

In 1998 CSIF partnered with the Gay and Lesbian Services Community Association to present the first annual FairyTales International Queer Film Festival which has become one of the leading LGBT film festivals in Canada.

Many of our members have gone on to excel in the Canadian independent film industry due to their hard work and imagination, aided by CSIF’s focus on production, exhibition and providing resources such as workshops and information sharing. Members today are still benefiting from this focus and, as their technical needs diversify and change, CSIF attempts to keep up with these changes. 

Now in our 40th year of operation, we are an integral part of the growing cultural community in Calgary and are excited about new collaborations and opportunities.



If you would like to learn about what we do, have us answer any questions you may have, and/or purchase a membership, then you should definitely attend one of our new member orientations. These sessions are mandatory for all new members and are held at our office once every month (no sign-up required). Upcoming orientations:


If you would like to become a member but are unable to attend our in-person orientation sessions, you now have to opportunity to attend online, by taking our online New Member Orientation course.  

You can always purchase a membership by dropping by the office during regular office hours or over-the-phone at 403-205-4747. However, you must attend a new member orientation (in-person, or online) to make the membership valid.  


CSIF Associate Membership is a supporting level of membership (and the one everyone starts with). It is open to anyone wishing to support the Mission Statement, Aims and Objectives of the CSIF.

$40 Annually

Associate members receive:

Access to equipment and facility rentals after a 1-month probationary period (i.e., good standing) Access to CSIF's Film & Book Library rentals Discounts on all CSIF workshops Ability to join CSIF Clubs Eligibility to submit films to member screenings and other CSIF-sanctioned events Regular mailings and e-mails regarding CSIF news, film opportunities, and member activities Voting rights at general meetings and at the AGM discounts with our community partners.

Once you acquire an Associate Membership, you can start working towards upgrading to a Production Membership.


Once you spend a minimum of 3 months as an Associate Member and commit a minimum of 20 volunteer hours to CSIF (more info on volunteering can be found here), you are eligible to upgrade your membership to a Production Membership.

$60 Annually

The Production Membership is intended for all active members of the Society who wish to use the Facilities of the Society to produce their own films at a lower cost than Associate Members. Production Membership is open to any member in good standing who can demonstrate proficiency with the equipment he or she intends to use.

Production Members must have been an Associate Member of the CSIF for a minimum of three months. Production Members must commit a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work to the Co-op.Production Members must demonstrate an understanding of the CSIF's Policy, Aims, and Objectives.

On top of receiving all the same rights as an Associate Member, Production Members receive:

Even more discounts on CSIF equipment rentals Eligibility for election to the Board of Directors Eligibility to apply for Telefilm Canada's Talent-to-Watch Program through CSIF (after 6 months as a Production Member).

CSIF's Studio in Calgary

CSIF's 2019 workshop offerings are listed below. Please click on them for more details.

Registration can either be done online or over the phone (403-205-4747), Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm).

Deadline to register for workshops is 5 days prior to the workshop date. 

CSIF reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop where enrolment is insufficient to run the course. In this circumstance, participants will be given the option of a full refund or a credit towards another workshop of the same price. 

Joining a CSIF Club is a great way to get involved with the community and meet like-minded people! All of our clubs are free and only open to CSIF members (non-members are allowed to attend one trial meeting prior to membership signup).

Please make sure to bring your CSIF Membership Card to club meetups so that the Club Leaders can confirm your membership status. 


Second Thursday of every month

6:00PM - 9:00PM @ CSIF (Drop-In)

Club Leaders: Lori Bachynski

The Actors Club meets once a month to help actors develop their craft and network through participation in performance, discussions, and presentations. Whether you are a seasoned actor or just starting out, come join us on the second Thursday every month at the CSIF offices. Please sign up so that we can better prepare for numbers and be sure there is a part for everyone during our performance meetings. In addition to the meeting at CSIF, this club also hosts a second meeting per month at another location. For more information or to sign up, please email Lori at csifactorsclub@gmail.com. 


6:30PM - 9:00PM @ CSIF (Drop-In)

Club Leader: Dan Guinness

Adaptation Club meets on the last  Wednesday of each month, to recreate scenes from great movies. Using the CSIF Flex Space and equipment, it's an opportunity to put your filmmaking skills to the test! Each month, we pick a standout scene (with a focus on cinematic techniques, camera settings, lenses, angles, lighting, blocking, etc.) and shoot our own version, trying to match the look of the original scene as closely as possible.  The group takes turns in various roles giving everyone opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of filmmaking - you could be directing one month, operating the camera the next, then lighting or even acting if you're willing! At the end of each session, we pick the next scene to remake. 

For more information about this club, please contact programming@csif.org.


Second Tuesday of every month 7PM - 9PM @ CSIF (Drop-In)

Club Leader: Kevin Weir and Chantelle Anderson

Screenwriting/Script Club meets once a month at CSIF to help writers with their script by providing feedback, discussing the intricacies of screenplay writing and inspiring creative writing. If you have a screenplay or two under your belt and are looking for some human interaction, the Screenwriters Club could be the solution to your hermitude. Bring your experience, imagination (and a few snacks for the group) and become a member of this club.

For more information about this drop-in club, please contact Kevin Weir at scriptclub@csif.org

For more information about this drop-in club, please contact communication@csif.org.


CSIF is a member-driven organization and therefore relies heavily on volunteer support within our community. Whether you want to get your Production Membership volunteer hours in, or just want to become more active in Calgary's independent film community, we are happy to meet you to discuss what skills you can offer. If you are interested in volunteering, you can be added to our volunteer mailing list to automatically get emails anytime a volunteer position opens up on SignUp.com. New volunteers are encouraged to attend our monthly member orientation sessions, usually held on the first Saturday of each month.

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers' Kathleen Brigham’s newest project Date Night casting day! We had a great time and enjoyed meeting Yvonne Chapman, Kim To and the crew!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, November 15th: Fall Members Screening 

Saturday, November 16th: Begonia Alberta Premiere Screening 

Saturday, November 30th: Stinger Awards 



Kizzie Sutton

Executive Director

Kizzie Sutton is an engaging arts and community professional and is happy to be returning to her roots in Film as Executive Director of CSIF. She holds a Diploma in Broadcasting, Radio and Television from the School of Communication Arts at Seneca College, and Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Theatre and Film Studies from Queen's University. Kizzie has applied her education to a gamut of capacities both here in Canada including lighting and sound design, dramaturgy, production management, directing, youth mentorship and programs management, at a number of arts and public sector organizations in Toronto ON and northern Alberta; and internationally.


Production Director

As CSIF's Production Director since August 2016, Nick Haywood has become a vital part of the independent film scene in Alberta. A graduate of the SAIT Film & Video Production Program, he credits his position at CSIF and the close connections he’s made within the community for continuing to grow his passion for filmmaking. In 2015 he produced the Telus Storyhive funded film; PsyBorgs, which in 2017 lead to the development of the 100K continuation of the same name, in which he co-stars and writes.

To contact: production@csif.org

KATIE WACKETT Programming & Communications Director

Returning to CSIF after interning as a summer student in 2016, Katie Wackett is excited to bring her enthusiasm for socially-conscious programming to Calgary’s independent film community through her role as Programming & Communications Director. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in Film from the University of Calgary where she wrote her honours thesis on film noir, as well as a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.

Being involved with a number of media organizations over the years, Katie’s professional background includes working with the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, volunteering with the Calgary International Film Festival, and being President of the University of Calgary Film Society.

To contact: programming@csif.org



Programming & Communications Coordinator

Currently working on his B.A. in Film Studies at the University of Calgary, Zach Green is excited to bring his passion for Calgary’s film community to his role as CSIF’s 2019 Programming and Communications Coordinator. A young go-getter/workaholic, he has worked and volunteered with various organizations in the city, including NUTV, CJSW, the Calgary International Film Festival and the Calgary Underground Film Festival. While he’s not at CSIF, Zach keeps busy acting as the President of the University of Calgary Film Society and Communications Coordinator at Calgary Cinematheque.


Equipment & Production Coordinator

A graduate of the SAIT Film and Video Program, Bradley Tyler spent 4 years working as a technician in the live events industry. He quit to pursue his true passion - botching your equipment orders. Bradley is sad every waking hour of the day that they’re making a Space Jam sequel without him, because he had this bomb pitch idea where the Looney Tunes played against Pinky & The Brain.

Save the date! CSIF is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Stinger Awards on November 30th!

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements coming THIS WEEK including the list of nominees, who will be hosting the ceremony, the musical guest, and the Friend of the Community award recipient!

Designed to inject a little electricity into the filmmaking community in Southern Alberta, Stinger Awards provide artists and technicians with an array of awards recognizing their work on screen. With awards ranging from "Best Short Form Narrative" and "Best Long Form Documentary" and "Friend of the Community”, this event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing work of the talented locale.

We are so excited to announce @andrewphung will be hosting the Stinger Awards on Nov 30th!

CSIF would like to thank their 2019 Stinger Awards sponsors: Calgary Economic Development, I.A.T.S.E. Local 212, SAIT Film & Video Production Program, Gregory Pang, William F. White International Inc., ACTRA Alberta.






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