Calgary Underground Film Festival goes online, gets interactive with 2020 event

Those thinking that they’d have to go without their annual dose of adventurous film-going got a reprieve today.

Organizers at the Calgary Underground Film Festival have just announced that they’ll be moving forward with their 17th annual event — just online and with a couple of special drive-in screenings.

Originally scheduled for the end of April, CUFF will now take place June 22 to 28 and feature “unique independent and genre films streaming in Alberta for the first time, shorts packages, Q&As with filmmakers, programmer intros before all films, and interactive experiences.” 

The fest will be streamed on the CineSend platform “and will feature a mix of live events and the ability to stream films on-demand,” with all of the selections available in closed caption or with subtitles to make sure everyone can get in on and enjoy the fun.

There will also be two live events, drive-in-style screenings at the Big Rock Brewery on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.

The lineup for this year’s CUFF will be announced in early June, with tickets going on sale then for $10 per film, $8 for CUFF members, students and seniors, and five-film multi-packs available for $35.

If you’d previously purchased a pass for the cancelled April 2020 event, refunds are available or it can transferred to next year or be put towards June’s online event, which will get you access to all films streaming and “a passholder package including CUFF merch, two Big Rock beers and other treats, and an invite to our passholder secret screening (date TBD).”

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