The 14th annual Calgary International Film Festival started Thursday night with a gala opening.

It runs for the next 10 days and will screen 200 movies on five screens split between the Globe Theatre and the theatre at Eau Claire.

"It's been growing," said Steve Schroeder, executive director of CIFF. "It started in 2000 which really, in the grand scheme of things, isn't that long ago, and it went from zero to 60 really quickly. This city loves its film festival and we hope it continues to grow."

Schroeder says the Calgary festival is about connecting with the audience and discovering new filmmakers.

This year organizers wanted to make it easier for festival-goers to enjoy all that CIFF has to offer.

"What we really wanted to do, at least for this year, is to have the screens a bit more concentrated geographically so you can get that critical mass of people together that makes it really feel like a festival," Schroeder says.

CIFF runs September 19 to 29. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.