22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

2022 CUFF.Docs Awards

Audience Awards

Best Documentary Feature – JACK HAS A PLAN (Dir. Bradley Berman)
Runner-Up – DROP THE NEEDLE (Dir. Rob Freeman)

Best Documentary Short – RESIDUAL SPLENDOUR (Dir. C. Hudson Hwang)


Jury Awards

Best Documentary Feature – THE COLOUR OF INK (Dir. Brian D. Johnson)
For creating a sensory experience with stunning visuals, and how the film expresses itself through talking moments, not just talking heads, we have decided to give the Best Documentary Feature award to THE COLOUR OF INK.

Honourable Mention – DROP THE NEEDLE (Dir. Rob Freeman)
With a vibrant and musical filmmaking approach that offers an in-depth look into how communities evolve and transform, the jury would like to highlight DROP THE NEEDLE with an honourable mention.


2022 Jurors 

Justin Martyniuk is a film festival lover and programmer. He has been the Program Coordinator for the Sydney Film Festival since 2019. He previously worked as a programmer for the Adelaide Film Festival, Australia. Justin specialises in queer cinema and has a penchant for anything absurd, surreal or downright weird.

Katie McCullough is founder of Festival Formula, a consultancy company providing strategy and submissions support to filmmakers world-wide. As an active member of the Short Film Conference and the Film Festival Alliance, Katie is also a key spokesperson on festival issues, with coverage in The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily regarding suspect and fraudulent film festivals. Previous speaking engagements include: HollyShorts, Heartland Film Festival, BFI Flare, Encounters Film Festival, Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival, Sundance, and many more. Selected prior jury service includes: Cleveland International, Heartland International, St. Louis International, DC shorts.

Justine Smith is the screen writer at Cult MTL and has contributed to publications including POV Magazine, Roger Ebert, Little White Lies and Hyperallergic. She's the programmer for the Underground Section at the Fantasia International Film Festival and on the programming committee for Montreal's Cinéma Moderne.


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