For 17 years, the Calgary Underground Film Festival has been dedicated to elevating Calgary’s cultural landscape with the best in international independent cinema. We’re now Western Canada’s premiere genre festival, and one of Calgary’s most anticipated events for film fans. With steady growth over the past five years, in 2019 attendance increased by 11% with 7,600 CUFF fans attending the festival over 7 days, making CUFF 2019 the biggest in our 16-year history. In 2020 we hosted a 7-day online festival in June, showcasing a full lineup of new titles on the festival circuit.
Founded in 2003, CUFF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to programming films that defy convention. Through the screening of contemporary works in various categories that include: feature, documentary, animation and shorts – we bring Calgarians a unique roster of films rarely seen in North American theatres.
We actively look to showcase titles in all genres, from horror, sci-fi and fantasy to comedies, thrillers and music-related films. In addition to finding great films we are committed to introducing you to the people behind the lens, by showcasing local and international indie filmmakers. We are proud to contribute to Calgary's thriving arts community and are thrilled to bring innovative and challenging selections to all film enthusiasts.
CUFF now runs two festivals. Our 7-day festival (April 2021), and CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival in November (Nov 25 – Dec 1, 2020). We also host a year-round Off the CUFF series, and special events throughout the year.
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CUFF elevates Calgary's cultural landscape with the best in local and international independent cinema. We challenge and entertain our audiences with boundary-breaking films, compelling artist showcases and engaging events.