15th Calgary Underground Film Festival 2018

Boundary breaking films, compelling artist showcases and engaging events!

Monday, April 16, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018

15th Calgary Underground Film Festival 2018

April 16-22, 2018 @ Various Times
Globe Cinema
- 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
$120 Festival Pass | $99 Earlybird (before March 19)

The 15th Calgary Underground Film Festival runs April 16-22, 2018 at Globe Cinema. We're getting ready to celebrate 15 years here at Calgary Underground Film Festival!

Highlights of this year's festival include:

  • AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch and Craig Robinson will open the festival on Monday, April 16. Director Jim Hosking in attendance.
  • The psychological thriller KNUCKLEBALL from local director Mike Peterson with director, cast & crew in attendance.
  • The international premiere of FREAKS & GEEKS: THE DOCUMENTARY from Alberta filmmaker Brent Hodge, just days after it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Three more world premieres including THE SECRET POPO from CUFF alumnus Sean Pierce (MEATHEAD GOES HOGWILD); PAPER YEAR, the feature directorial debut from Canadian Rebecca Addelman, a prominent Hollywood screenwriter of the hit TV shows NEW GIRL and LOVE; and SLAVE TO THE GRIND, a documentary about grindcore from DIY filmmaker Doug Brown featuring the local band Wake.
  • The return of the FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL: VOLUME 8, a one-of-a-kind CUFF-favourite event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country. Curators Nick and Joe will be back at CUFF for the first time in four years.
  • A highlight every year, the SATURDAY MORNING ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CEREAL CARTOON PARTY featuring retro cartoons and hundreds of sugary cereals not available in Canada
  • For the fourth consecutive year, we'll launch 5 new classic arcade games as part of CUFFcade, Calgary's first independent arcade, available to play for free during the fest.
  • 5 Alberta-made shorts: G.E.M. (Dir. Mike Hooves), PENNY WHISTLE (Dir. Robert Cuffley), POOLSIDE (Dir. Morgan Ermter), REARVIEW (Dir. Daelan Wood) and TROPE (Dir. Sara Hughes).
  • Our highest number of projects directed by women. This year 43% of the festival's feature films are by female filmmakers.
  • Big hits fresh off their premieres on the film festival circuit including the French-thriller REVENGE (Dir. Coralie Fargeat), a documentary about the history of roller-dancing in Venice Beach ROLLER DREAMS (Dir. Kate Hickey), and Lynne Ramsay’s latest YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE will be presented alongside a retrospective of her past work.

2018 Calgary Underground Film Festival Programming Committee TOP PICKS >

Knuckleball (Emily Mody Review) >
Tigers Are Not Afraid (Emily Mody Review) >
Blood & Donuts (Emily Mody Review) >
Kusama - Infinity (Emily Mody Review) >
Allure (JOSHWRB Review) >
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (Emily Mody Review) >
Vampire Clay (Emily Mody Review) >

About CUFF

CUFF is 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 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.

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NOTE: The showtimes listed on CalgaryMovies.com come directly from the theatres' announced schedules, which are distributed to us on a weekly basis. All showtimes are subject to change without notice or recourse to CalgaryMovies.com.