Clapboard Jungle 98 minutes Canada Five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker are chronicled in this informative and introspective story posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?
Cured 80 minutes United States CURED tells the story of the activists who brought about a pivotal but little-known victory in the movement for LGBTQ+ equality: the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses.
Enemies Of The State 104 minutes United States An American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of secrets and lies when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government, making them all Enemies of the State.
Flint: Who Can You Trust? 119 minutes Canada, United Kingdom An explosive new look at the water poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan and how officials failed to respond.
For Madmen Only: The Stories Of Del Close 87 minutes United States The story of Del Close, the legendary improv guru who trained an untold number of our most beloved comedians, from John Belushi to Tina Fey.
He Dreams Of Giants 84 minutes United Kingdom The culmination of a trilogy of documentaries that have followed director Terry Gilliam over a 25-year period, charting Gilliam’s final beleaguered quest to adapt Don Quixote.
Insert Coin 101 minutes United States The amazing behind-the-scenes story of one of the greatest video game studios of all time – Midway Games.
Lovemobil 103 minutes Germany Alongside the dark country roads of rural Germany, prostitutes from foreign countries work in old caravans. ln this uncanny world, the murder of one of the women takes place.
Morgana 71 minutes Australia An artistic character portrait of a 50-year-old housewife, who re-invents herself as a sex-positive feminist porn star.
No Visible Trauma 96 minutes Canada NO VISIBLE TRAUMA examines Calgary's deeply troubled police department and reveals the devastating consequences of unchecked police violence.
Prayer For A Lost Mitten 79 minutes Canada A study of loss and memory told by transit users searching for their belongings in the Montreal Metro lost and found.
Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs 74 minutes Canada, United States, Germany / Czech Republic, U.K, Italy, France Sometimes the best way to capture reality is to draw it yourself. These non-fiction shorts show inner struggles, forgotten history, modern heroes and childhood memories with the creative flair you only get from animation.
Shorts: Reality Bites 92 minutes Canada, United States, France, Scotland, Germany A smorgasbord of documentaries 16 minutes or less. Here you will find a diverse mix of short documentaries, all with varying subjects, and genres within the art-form.
Spidermable - A Real Life Superhero Story 106 minutes Canada When a five-year-old with cancer lives out her dream of fighting crime with her hero Spider-Man, she becomes a viral sensation: first in Edmonton, and then around the world.
Stalking Chernobyl - Exploration After Apocalypse 60 minutes Ukraine, Bulgaria, United States, Slovakia STALKING CHERNOBYL examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the mix of people that have emerged to explore the ghostly, post-apocalyptic landscape.
The Dilemma Of Desire 108 minutes United States An exploration of “cliteracy,” and the clash between the gender politics and the imperatives of female sexual desire.
The Donut King 120 minutes United States The unlikely story of a Cambodian refugee who built a multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favourite pastry, the donut.
The Last Villains, Mad Dog & The Butcher 94 minutes Canada A documentary about the lives of the famed Canadian Vachon wrestling family featuring the last living member of the dynasty: Paul “The Butcher” Vachon.
Tiny Tim: King For A Day 76 minutes United States, Croatia, Norway, Sweden An intimate portrait of one of the oddest careers in showbiz – Tiny Tim – who was not only a well-known musician, but a trail blazing queer persona that paved the way for other rock stars such as David Bowie and Prince.
Truth Or Consequences 103 minutes United States A speculative documentary about a small desert town in southern New Mexico, a spaceport, and the incredible people who stayed.
Zappa 129 minutes United States This film screening has been CANCELLED due to new COVID-19 restrictions banning festivals from taking place in the province of Alberta. Unlike other films at CUFF.Docs it is not available to stream online.
All Her Dying Lovers Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs A nurse, a Nazi and a fish: an animated legend from WWII Czechoslovakia.
Aphasia Or (It Fell Upon My Mind) Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Using hand-painted rotoscoping and digital animation, APHASIA OR (IT FELL UPON MY MIND) documents the voices of seven individuals living with aphasia.
Beyond Noh Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs BEYOND NOH rhythmically animates 3,475 individual masks from all over the world, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.
Blindspot Screened before: Prayer For A Lost Mitten A brief glimpse through the life of Granny Lue. A woman of faith, fearlessness and fierce energy, she never allowed her disability to determine her ability to live.
Bloomers Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Animated fabric brings the story of a lingerie factory in Manchester to life.
Charlie's Lot Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Charlie’s antique car-collecting habit has become a problem. The neighbours are angry and his wife is sick of it. But Charlie is also an anonymous crusader in the fight to save the soul of his city.
Darling Pet Monkey Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites In 1969, two young brothers ordered a monkey from an ad in the back of a monster magazine. After the postal carrier delivered the box — things got weird.
Dump Matsumoto Screened before: The Last Villains, Mad Dog & The Butcher An ageing female wrestler faces her greatest opponent: Her Father.
Êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites ÊMÎCÊTÔSÊT-MANY BLOODLINES follows a bi-racial, queer couple from the beginning of their IVF process and the birth of their first child together. Winner of the Best Canadian Short Award at Hot Docs 2020.
Halpate Screened before: Truth Or Consequences Considered a staple of Florida tourism, alligator wrestling has been performed by members of the Seminole Tribe for over a century. HALPATE profiles the hazards and history of the spectacle through the words of the tribe's alligator wrestlers and what it has meant to their people's survival.
In The Shadow Of The Pines Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Inspired by the filmmaker’s own upbringing with her immigrant dad, IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES explores difficult father-daughter relationships.
La Grande Onda Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Told through the life and death of a common man, LA GRANDE ONDA explores one of the most brutal and powerful criminal organizations in the world: Italy's the 'Ndrangheta mafia.
Maalbeek Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Pieced together from footage and vague memories captured by animation, MAALBEEK constructs an image of significant day that everyone remembers except for one woman.
Make It Soul Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs In Chicago 1965 the Regal Theater hosts James Brown and Solomon Burke, two monuments of Soul music. Backstage, everyone's under pressure, but in 1960s America, both men know their music has unexpected powers.
Marty Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Marty is an 11-year old '80s obsessed skate punk who is stuck in the past while struggling to navigate the present.
Modern Queer Heroes Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Who are the queer heroes walking amongst us now or in recent times? A celebration of LGBTQ+ figures who have helped push forward culture and society.
Modern Whore Screened before: Morgana A former escort shares the ins and outs of escort review board culture to expose deeper complexities of sexual power and social stigma in a post #metoo world.
My Brother'S Keeper Screened before: Stalking Chernobyl - Exploration After Apocalypse A former Guantánamo detainee and his American prison guard reunite rekindling an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives forever.
Paloma's Pit Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Augustus got his cornea scratched but they don’t stitch feral cats. The third and final chapter of the CAT TRILOGY – GARFIELD ESTATE SALE, VALERIO'S DAY OUT (2019 CUFF Selection), and now ... PALOMA’S PIT.
Red Robinson Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites A portrait of Dr. Robert 'Red' Robinson – Vancouver's first rock n' roll deejay.
Stories In Place: Desert Island Comics Part of: Shorts: GIRAF Curated Animated Docs Inspired by Desert Island Comics, the iconic Brooklyn shop now indefinitely closed, this cut paper animation speaks to the connective power of comic books.
Synnopsis Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Aidan "Synn" Pringle is a second generation professional wrestler, who trained to be the best. But when he was sabotaged in his WWE tryout match, he quit the business.
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites Can Lindsay's love for her husband Paul sustain her through the trauma of his brain injury, which leaves him in a perpetual loop of memory loss and joke telling?
The Booth Screened before: Lovemobil An exploration of the history and subculture surrounding the private viewing booths hidden in the back of adult bookstores.
The Chimney Swift Part of: Shorts: Reality Bites A British chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers.
Toddy Screened before: Insert Coin Toddy lives in his warehouse surrounded by 40+ pinball machines: some are completely restored and functional, others are work in progress. Among dot-matrix displays, slingshots and bumpers Toddy has found his mission in life.