News Release: Baconfest film festival taps into big issues from a local perspective

Starting tomorrow, Calgary’s own urban planning film festival returns for its fifth year. Running four consecutive Wednesday evenings, Baconfest celebrates renowned urban planner Ed Bacon’s legacy with screenings that focus on big issues in urban development and the innovative ways cities are rising to meet those challenges.

This year’s theme, Environment, Culture, Form: Calgary in the 21st Century, aims to get attendees thinking about how cities have evolved and where Calgary could go next.

“The goal of the festival is to build awareness around issues and opportunities that cities face,” explains Rollin Stanley, general manager of Urban Strategy for The City. “If you ride transit or enjoy parks, you’re already taking part in the life of the city,” he says. “It’s my hope that the film choices will get citizens thinking about how they can be more involved.” At the end of each film, Stanley will host open floor discussions.

Seating is limited at these free events and tickets are available at the door. Learn more about Baconfest at or on the City News Blog

What: 2018 Baconfest Urban Planning Film Festival and Discussion

When: January 17 to February 7, 2018. All events run Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Where: John Dutton Theatre - 616 Macleod Trail S.E. (second floor)

Admission: Free

Presented in partnership with: Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), Calgary Public Library and DIRTT Environmental Solutions.