Take a peek Behind the Screen with some special events at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival

More than movies?

Yes. Yes it is.

The Calgary International Film Festival goes beyond what’s on the screen or rather Behind the Screen.

On Wednesday, organizers announced 10 happenings that will enhance the experience at this year’s fest, which takes place Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 around the city — things such as panel discussions, guests in conversation and special events.

Best thing about it? They’re all free.

“From intimate conversations with renowned filmmakers, actors and composers to road trips  to visit Alberta film locations and special effects creators, this year’s Behind The Screen series offers in-depth insights,” said the fest’s executive director Steve Schroeder in a release. “Anyone who wants to know more about how films are made, especially here in Alberta, should make these events part of their film festival schedule.”

Some of the highlights that will be spread throughout the 12-day fest include: the This Sounds Amazing panel, which features, among others, Canadian film and TV score composer Christophe Beck, who worked on Frozen and is featured in the Calgary Film showcased doc Score: A Music Film Documentary; a conversation with Canuck actor Jason Jones, best known for his work on The Daily Show, who is also filming the series The Detour around the city; a discussion on females in the film industry and the adversities they face; a very limited event where those lucky few will get a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects behind the cult series Wynonna Earp; and a road trip and barbecue that will take participants on a bus trip to various shooting locations in the region before winding up in High River, where an episode of the locally shot show Tin Star will be screened.

And it all kicks off Friday, Sept. 8 with the Trailer Party at the Globe Cinema, where all of the available trailers for the films showing at Calgary Film will be shown.

The Calgary International Film Festival runs Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 around Calgary. For tickets and the full lineup of films and events, please click here.