CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival showcases the best in non-fiction films, presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival. In 2020 we went from our traditional five day event to seven days, with 19 full-length features, as well as short films, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form. CUFF.Docs grew out of both a desire to bring more international documentaries to Calgary, and a necessity.

We were seeing so many great documentary films submitted to our annual Calgary Underground Film Festival, and through attending film festivals worldwide, but we just couldn’t fit them all into one event. We saw the appetite for documentaries in this city was huge; we had people ask us repeatedly for more, or for a documentary festival – so we finally decided to go for it.

CUFF.Docs is the perfect place for anyone with the same intrigue and interest in factual content as we have. We’ll bring guests with the films, and plan for a unique CUFF-experience with the festival, and the films we present. We aim to promote art and encourage dialogue.

At CUFF.Docs, the quality of the film is what matters most; we don't book films to make political statements or advocate for particular issues. Instead, we hope to present a range of films that both confirm and challenge beliefs, promoting a sense of wonder and a healthy skepticism, and above all, that continue to advance the medium of documentary filmmaking.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival loves supporting independent film, and with a great team and passionate supporters, we elevate Calgary's cultural landscape.

Jury Award: Best Documentary Feature
Audience Awards: Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short

CUFF.Docs is currently accepting all film/video submissions. Film and Video submissions are accepted in all categories. Please note that for feature films, it must be a Calgary premiere. For short films, Calgary premieres have priority, but it's not a deal breaker.
We encourage local, national and international submissions.

NOTE: If you already applied to CUFF's main festival in spring, you do not need to re-apply to CUFF.Docs. We'll consider all submissions for both festivals.

1) Features films: must be a Calgary premiere, and not have screened in theatre, local festival or Canadian broadcast before our dates.
2) Short films: Priority is given to films which have not yet screened in Calgary.
3) We do not program films which were finished prior to last years festival.
Please contact if you have any questions:

Overall Rating
  • Carmen Pollard

    Super grateful to have had my short RED ROBINSON programmed at CUFF. What a great festival, and terrific communication during such a difficult period in history. Wish times were different and I could have been there. Next time!

    I highly recommend this festival.

    January 2021