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.

Jury Awards:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Canadian Short Film

Audience Awards:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short

CUFF 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 premieres. For short films, Calgary premieres have priority, but it's not a deal breaker.

We encourage local, national and international submissions.

We will accept secure screener links only.

We love all genres, and screen a variety of films from documentary to narrative, animation and occasionally music videos. However we do not screen experimental, non-narrative films. In terms of length, we do not accept mid-length films (30 - 60 minutes).

Note: FilmFreeway payment is in USD only. We do accept submissions off of our web site in Canadian Dollars.

Our entry fees are low, with no charges at all for Canadian productions of any length.


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.
We are looking for films which are participating in the festival circuit from May 2017 - 2018 onward.

ie. If screening at festivals prior to April 2017 - we do not recommend applying. Please contact if you have any questions:

Overall Rating
  • It was great to have a dedicated team of professionals running the festival - communication from the moment our client got selected right up till the festival screening itself. Superb and super friendly!

    May 2017
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    Brendon Rathbone

    The team behind this fest is unreal and the programming impeccable. You can't go wrong at this growing festival with an unreal audience. Loved every second I got to be at CUFF.

    April 2017
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    Brad Abrahams

    Brenda, Cameron, Brennan and the rest of the team put on a fantastic and focused festival. This kind of focus and organization means even better turnouts and better audiences than the big fests. I'll be submitting all my future weird projects right here. Thanks for having us!

    April 2017