Silver Skate Festival

Feb 9-19, 2024 • Laurier Park

Edmonton's longest running winter festival!

International Festival of Winter Cinema

International Festival of Winter Cinema (2022)

The International Festival of Winter Cinema recognizes and celebrates Canadian and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes of any genre and style for all audiences. These outstanding films will be projected onto a giant snow screen, you heard that right, it is a screen made of snow, in our special purpose built cinema. We are extremely excited to host the world’s only free, outdoor, winter film festival as part of the Silver Skate Festival!

The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) recognizes and celebrates local and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes of any style or genre. We are the world’s only free, outdoor winter film festival that shows films on a snow screen.

The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) aims to be the premier international juried and competitive film festival featuring unique perspectives and experiences presented through winter-themed cinema and audiovisual art.

2023 Programming

Themes & Events

  • Fri 10 Feb: Winter on Turtle Island
  • Sat 11 Feb: Winter Sports
  • Sun 12 Feb: VJ Show – Freebird Entertainment
  • Mon 13 Feb: IFWC 2023 party with Freebird Entertainment
  • Tue 14 Feb: Valentine’s Day feature
  • Wed 15 Feb: Winter Adventures
  • Thu16 Feb: The International Winter
  • Fri 17 Feb:
    • Edmonton Short Film Festival: Local Heroes
    • Cold Horror
  • Sat 18 Feb: Animated Winter
  • Sun 19 Feb:
    • Best of the Festival
    • Awards Announcement

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Edmonton Arts CouncilFunded by the Government of CanadaAlberta Foundation for the ArtsAlberta Government
EdmontonWinter City EdmontonMammoetStephensons Rental ServicesSuperior Tent Rentals
Pattison MediaGlobal EdmontonExplore Edmonton

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The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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