The Empress Celebrates the 10th Annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival

The Empress Theatre Celebrates the 10th Annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival

Fort Macleod, AB (Oct. 23, 2019) – The Empress Theatre is pleased to present the 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival Nov. 8, 9 and 10, 2019 in Fort Macleod, AB.

This year, six military-related films will be shown alongside lectures and a veteran’s panel hosted by master of ceremonies Dr. Stéphane Guevremont, a military historian from Calgary who holds a PhD in Canadian military aviation. Prior to the screening of each of the festival’s films, Guevremont will provide insight and historical context on topics including D-Day, the Normandy landings, the Market Garden Campaign, and the Vietnam War.

The Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival is Alberta’s only film festival devoted to honouring those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace. It is part history conference for military buffs and part film festival for lovers of war films. The films are generally a combination of black and white Hollywood classics, rare international movies, and modern mainstream blockbusters. The highlight of the festival is the Veterans’ Panel preceding the Saturday afternoon film. Each year, the festival honours Second World War, Korean or peacekeeping mission veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces through on-stage interviews and stories.

Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival 2019 Schedule of Events: Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day Film: Overlord (1975) – A rare, brooding British film about a young recruit’s experience, from his army training through to his participation in Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in 1944. The film weaves in archival footage that frequently becomes the soldier’s dreams and visions of the war as it unfolds, providing viewers a unique perspective of WWII from both German and British viewpoints. Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.

Lecture: The 75th Anniversary of Market Garden Film: Theirs is the Glory (1946) – The story of the American and British armies’ heroic struggle to hold the vital Arnheim Bridge during World War II.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.

Lecture: Canadians at Juno Beach during the invasion of Normandy *Preceding the film, join us for a veterans’ panel and cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the film festival’s 10th Anniversary. Film: Storming Juno (2010) – A Canadian docu-drama about the Canadians at Juno Beach on D-Day.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Lecture: The Vietnam War Film: Apocalypse Now, Final Cut (2019) – The last and best edition of the 1979 cult movie by Francis Ford Coppola. Secret ops assassin Captain Willard is sent on a mission up a river during the Vietnam War to “terminate with extreme prejudice” the errant Colonel Kurtz. In addition to being re-edited with new footage, the film has been completely restored, converted to digital, and reprinted to improve colour reproduction. This version is Ford Coppola’s own cut and the one he now considers to be perfect.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. Lecture: The Home Front in Canada during both world wars Films: Lest We Forget (2015) and The Royal Canadian Legion (2017) – Two unique documentaries made in Canada; the first, the story of a town during two world wars, and the second, the role of the Royal Canadian Legion in Canadian history.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Lecture: Canada and its allies at the end of the Great War

Film: 100 Days to Victory (2018) – A stunning, modern docu-drama about six generals from five Allied countries who decided to end the war in August 1918, and the ensuing campaign that succeeded. Admission:

$35 Weekend Pass ($17.50 Seniors/Under 18) $12 Single Adult Ticket ($6 Seniors/Under 18) No charge for uniformed service personnel Weekend and single event passes are available now at or by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229).

For more information about the festival, please contact the Empress at 403-553-4404 or at

The Empress Theatre appreciates the financial assistance provided through the Veterans Affairs Canada Commemorative Partnership Program and our other generous sponsors, including Forma Steel and Structural Truss.