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THIRD ACTion Film Festival

March 22 – 24, 2024 at Festival Hall in Calgary and online across Canada

Tickets are available on Showpass

Types of Screenings

  1. Simulcast: Available online (via the link provided in your Showpass ticket) and screening live at Festival Hall. Your choice.
  2. In Person Only: Screening live at Festival Hall only. No online version is available at this time.
  3. Video on Demand: These shorts packages are available for 48 hours from the time you first access them.

It’s Just a Lifetime: A Portrait of Craig Nuttycombe

Friday, March 22 at 7 pm, Simulcast

Retired handyman, devoted dog dad, and sixties troubadour, Craig Nuttycombe is the surviving half of Lambert and Nuttycombe, the West Coast’s Simon and Garfunkel, and his present circumstances find him tucked in amongst the gentle greenery of a quiet trailer park in Central California. Following a wide-ranging, year-long correspondence, the filmmakers lived with the musician for three autumnal weeks, documenting his musings, interactions, and memories. Presented in the style of ’70s home movies, It’s Just a Lifetime is an affectionate, musical odyssey of a resilient, septuagenarian artist who defies the ‘almost famous’ archetype by embracing life’s lessons with a song in his heart, and a toothpick on his lips.

Filmmakers Tim Ursuliak and Carmen Cookson-Hills will be on hand for a discussion after the film.

Sponsored by the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society.

Opening Party with Ethan Cole & Nathan Dorozio

Friday, March 22 at 9 pm

With your It’s Just a Lifetime ticket, you are invited to the opening party where Ethan Cole and Nathan Dorozio will play acoustic music including some of Craig Nuttycombe’s songs.

Cole and Dorozio have been musical collaborators for over 30 years. Their eclectic influences range from ‘80s and ‘90s Indie rock and Brit pop, to ‘60s and ‘70s rock, folk, country, R&B and pop. Their current band is Albertosaurus, alongside Dean Young and Nikk Orritt.

Filmmaker Panel: What’s Age Got to Do with It?

with moderator James Reckseidler, and participants Ken Fung, Kim Kelln, Leanne Frank and Sherri Dahl.

March 23 at 11:00 am – noon Simulcast
These Calgary filmmakers will discuss their current projects, how they got started and new challenges in filmmaking.

WaaPaKe (Tomorrow)

March 23 at 1 pm, Simulcast, Runtime: 1:20

For generations, the suffering of residential school survivors has radiated outward, impacting Indigenous families and communities. Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin’s deeply personal documentary, WaaPaKe (Tomorrow), moves beyond intergenerational trauma, with an invitation to unravel the tangled threads of silence and unite in collective freedom and power.
Opening with Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes and then drumming by the Stardale Women’s Group
Sponsored by NFB with proceeds to the Stardale Women’s Group.

Twists & Turns Shorts Package

March 23 at 4:30 pm Simulcast 

Full of twists, turns, surprises and revelations, the only thing you can expect from these films is the unexpected.

• The Little Surprise
• Age of Dysphoria
• The Wait
• The Bathtub
• Will & Tess
• Tipping Uber Alice


March 23 at 7:30 – 9:30pm, In-Cinema, Runtime: 1:55

In French with English subtitles

In an era of political correctness, identity evolution, protests, cultural scandals, activism, media storms, and other disputes, an elderly man no longer having faith in humanity, discovers new landmarks and thus his happiness.
Directed by Denys Arcand. With Rémy Girard, Sophie Lorain, Marie-Mai Bouchard, Yves Jacques. In October 2023, filmmaker Denys Arcand was awarded the DGC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Inspire & Uplift Shorts Package

March 24 at 10.00 am, Simulcast

Be inspired to live a vital third act with these inspirational shorts. From activism to art to learning (and teaching) karate, these films are sure to energize and uplift.

• Golden Age Karate
• Older
• Pacing the Pool
• An Open Heart
• Farmer at 91
• Respect
• Sensei

Sponsored by Financial Concierge.

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A Documentary Film about Hope in Aging and Dementia

March 24 at 12:00 pm, Simulcast
Dementia is one of the greatest fears of people today. This documentary shifts that narrative of fear and hopelessness to one of hope and action. There are things we can do as individuals to reduce our risk of developing dementia. There are ways to connect meaningfully with our loved ones, even if they no longer recognize us. We can live a high quality of life after diagnosis.

Dr. Zahra Goodarzi will speak after the film. Dr. Goodarzi is a geriatrician and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include examining clinical pathways for dementia across the care continuum. Josephine Tite, who has studied positive psychology and works with dementia patients will close with a few words of inspiration for caregivers.
Sponsored by the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging with support from Alzheimers Calgary, Caregivers Alberta, and Dementia Network


March 24 at 3:30 pm. FREE, but you must register on SHOWPASS to be sure you get a seat. In-Cinema, Runtime: 1:42
Bring your adult family, biological or chosen, for a photo shoot at 3:00 pm.
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley, the film stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis
Sponsored by United Active Living


Coping With Grief Shorts Package
Online Only VOD, Runtime: 1:38

Loss and grief are unfortunate aspects of life, especially as we get older. With this collection of short films, we see the ways in which we cope (or avoid coping) with loss and grief, through the good and the bad, the funny and the sad.

• Landline
• Little Mary
• Bring Back My Bonnie
• Scored by Time
• Her Home
• Maureen
• A Friend is a Blessing

Animation Shorts Package

Online VOD Runtime: 1:39 Curated in collaboration with the GIRAF Festival of Animation, this shorts package explores aging through animation. From senior citizen cyborgs and cicada granddaughters to fleeting moments and everyday heroes, this package is sure to make you laugh, touch your heart, and inspire you in your third act.

• Teacups
• Lapso
• Don’t Feed the Pigeons
• Seniors 3000
• Her Dress for the Final
• When Cicadas Sing

Co-sponsored by GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation and THIRD ACTion Film Festival.