Pride and Wisdom: Stories of Queer Elders

Fairy Tales Queer Art & Film Festival 2024!
SUNDAY, JUNE 30 3:30 – 6 PM

THIRD ACTion Film Festival is a community partner of Fairy Tales for this shorts package screening of Pride and Wisdom.

Step into the rich tapestry of lives lived, loves cherished, and battles won as you journey through this evocative short film collection. Delve into the untold stories and resilient spirits of queer elders, each film a luminous window into a world where time’s passage is marked by triumphs, setbacks, and unyielding authenticity.

In-Person: The Grand 608 1 St SW Calgary, AB T2P 1M6


June THIRD ACTion Screening

The Power of Music at the Lougheed House on Wednesday June 5th, 3:30 – 6 pm

We partnered with the Lougheed House to present The Power of Music: An afternoon of film, music and tea in the historic Lougheed House for Calgary’s Seniors Week

In-Person: Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Be moved by a selection of short films to engage in an interactive music session. You are also invited to tour the historic house and garden, have tea, and chat with old and new friends.

We are excited to be hosting the Canadian premiere of the multiple-award-winning short film Never Fade Away as one of the shorts at our event this week.

Through the interactive session, learn how music can enhance your wellness and explore its powerful impact, including the benefits of music therapy. Don’t miss the chance to connect, learn, and experience music’s healing power!

Shannon Robinson, BMT, MTA, a Certified Music Therapist since 1999, loves working with children….and adults…and seniors… really everyone.  She believes that music cultivates this connection and can be a catalyst for wellness and growth.

Limited Tickets Available at Showpass. Value $40.00. Your cost $15. +Showpass fees $17.36 CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS or call 825.431.9296 to reserve a spot.

May THIRD ACTion Screening

Starring Jerry as Himself at the Central library on Saturday, May 4th, 7:00 PM

We partnered with the FascinAsian Film Festival to present their film, Starring Jerry as Himself. Filmmaker in attendance.

A family documents how their immigrant father Jerry, a recently divorced and retired Florida man, was recruited by the Chinese police to be an undercover agent.

Audience and Jury Award at Slamdance 2023,

DIRECTOR’S BIO:Chen Law is an award-winning director based in NYC. His childhood growing up in the US and Asia was a blend of cultures that has become an integral part of his directorial style. Law’s work has won 19 Cannes Lions, as well as Webby Awards, and Vimeo Staff Picks. He is a Film Independent Fellow and his work has screened at film festivals around the world.

April THIRD ACTion Screening

Thelma, at the Globe Cinema, Sunday, April 28 at 6:30 pm

We have partnered with the Calgary Underground Film Festival to present their closing film, Thelma.

When 93-year-old Thelma Post gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, she sets out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her.


DIRECTOR’S BIO: Josh Margolin is a writer, director, editor, and actor. He co-wrote, edited, and starred in the absurdist horror-comedy DEEP MURDER, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2018 and ran theatrically before streaming on Paramount+. Previously, he co-created the digital series MY BOYFRIEND IS A ROBOT for Freeform. THELMA is Margolin’s feature directorial debut.

Narrative / Comedy / Action / Adventure / First Feature
English, 97 minutes, Canadian debut

“Sincere and sensitive … Writer-director Josh Margolin ingeniously tweaks action- and crime-movie clichés to tell this rather quaint little story.” – Vanity Fair

For more about Thelma and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

The THIRD ACTion Film Festival 2024

It’s a WRAP! THANK YOU for another amazing THIRD ACTion Film Festival!
Thank you to all the attendees, volunteers, staff, board, filmmakers, sponsors and partners for making the 2024 edition a memorable  experience.


2024 Best Short

The Wait.

The Wait: Directed by Jason McColgan. With Mike Burnside, Poppy Roe. Two people find comfort in one another after striking up a conversation at a bus stop.

Sponsored by The Sugar Mama TV series.

2024 Resiliency in Aging Award

Pacing the Pool

Pacing the Pool provides a tiny glimpse into the extraordinary life of Richard Pace. A different approach to life might have seen him crushed under the weight of the physical and mental stresses he has been through since he was a child, however, healing waters have helped him rise above it all! Producer/Writer Jay Jay Jegathesan. Writer/Director Radheya Jegatheva

Sponsored by The University of Calgary Brenda Strafford Centre for Aging