Still from FUBAR
CUFF pays homage to the 15th anniversary of FUBAR with a special screening | Still: Courtesy of CUFF

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Don’t miss Western Canada’s top genre festival

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Celebrating the best in international independent cinema, the Calgary Underground Film Festival returns with seven days of unique films, lively Q&As, and much more.

With 28 genre-busting features, two shorts packages, a National Canadian Film Day event, parties, and the return of the CUFFcade full of new independent video games, there really is something for everyone on the schedule.

“We always get so excited pulling together the lineup each year, and each year we feel it’s our favourite, but this year we are really proud of it!,” says Festival Director and Programmer Brenda Lieberman, in a statement.

So, what’s on our must-see list? Here are our picks for this year’s festival:


April 19, 2017, 6:45pm
Downstairs Theatre, Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)

A special National Canadian Film Day screening, director Bruce McDonald and actor Stephen McHattie will be in attendance for this free event. Pontypool follows a former shock jock turned radio announcer as a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town and turns residents into incomprehensible cannibals.


April 20, 2017, 6:45pm
Downstairs Theatre, Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
$8 – $10

Are you ready to just give’r? A special 15th anniversary screening of the Calgary-shot cult classic, this mockumentary follows two lifelong friends who’ve devoted their lives to the important arts of beer, heavy metal, and breaking stuff. Director Michael Dowse and cast member Dave Lawrence will be in attendance, and you can even check out the free Heavy Metal Karaoke after party at the Ship & Anchor following the screening.

Still from 78/52, Janet Leigh takes direction from Alfred Hitchcock

Fan of classic horror? Then don’t miss the Alberta premiere of 78/52 | Still: Courtesy of CUFF


April 20, 2017, 9:15pm
Downstairs Theatre, Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
$8 – $10

Presented in partnership with Calgary Cinematheque, this documentary offers an unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psyhco and the screen murder that changed the course of cinema.

The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party

April 22, 2017, 10:00am
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
$6 – $12

Always a great bet, here’s your chance to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons and binge on the multi-coloured sugary cereals. Jammies are totally recommended.

Shorts: Ain’t Misbehavin’

April 23, 2017, 4:45pm
Downstairs Theatre, Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
$8 – $10

They are good people, they just don’t always act that way. This collection looks at the odd side of human nature and features shorts from Bruce McDonald, Ted Stenson, Coke Riobóo, Pierce Cravens, Peter Huang, Sophie Marsh, Lizzy Sanford, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Christopher Good, and Mondo Ghulam.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival runs April 17 to 23, 2017 at the Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW). Head to for the full schedule. All screenings after 3:00pm are licensed 18+.