20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2023


Canada, 2018 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2019
Special Guest!
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Apr 24 6:30 PM Buy


Kept locked inside the house by her father, seven-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real. A genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, FREAKS is the debut film from debut from co-writer/directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein.

Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Vancouver International Film Festival 2018
Chattanooga Film Festival 2019
What The Fest!? 2019

FREAKS is the debut film from debut from co-writer/directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein.
Zach Lipovsky started his career on Spielberg's filmmaking competing "On the lot" where he placed 5th out of 12,000 directors. Zach has gone on to direct and produce several projects for TV including films for Lionsgate, Disney and Legendary. He produced the 2013 TIFF feature AFFLICTED, and his latest feature FREAKS premiered at this years’ TIFF and VIFF. Currently Zach is directing the live action adaptation of Kim Possible. In his spare time Zach also runs Reel Apps, the software company behind Shot Lister, the industry leading shot listing app.

press for Freaks

"On a whole different level from most films of its ilk, FREAKS breathes new life into old genre ideas. It's a tremendous piece of entertainment, gripping from start to finish, and it deserves to make [Lexy] Kolker into a star."
- Eye For Film
"A cleverly constructed, thrilling and often super-surreal coming-of-age story that gets right into your head."
- SciFiNow

screened with a short film


Kill 'Em With Kindness

Canada (Alberta), 2018, 4 min, Director JDRL

One final delivery stands between a pizza guy and his weekend off with friends, but this is more than a simple task when the delivery leads him to both his longtime crush, and his worst customer.


Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller / Suspense

104 minutes

special guest

Director Zach Lipovsky in attendance!


Zach Lipovsky
Adam B. Stein

Adam Stein
Zach Lipovsky
Jordan Barber
Mitchell Waxman

Stirling Bancroft

Lexy Kolker
Emile Hirsch
Bruce Dern
Grace Park
Amanda Crew

Timothy Michael Wynn

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Winner, Audience Award & Best Feature Film Award, Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2018

Winner, BC Emerging Filmmaker Award, Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

Winner, Asteroid Award Best International Science Fiction Film, Trieste Science+Fiction Festival 2018

Winner, Feature Film Audience Award, Utopiales: The Nantes International Science Fiction Film Festival 2018

Presenting Partner


Community Partners