CUFF names 2021 Jury Award winners

Looking for a little guidance as you navigate your way through the final days of the Calgary Underground Film Festival? Or are you looking for an entrance into it? 

Lucky for you the local cultural treasure announced on Friday the winners of the Jury Awards for this year’s festival.

Here they are, with runnersup, to help your decisions this upcoming CUFF weekend.

Best Narrative Feature 
WINNER – PLAYDURIZM Director Gem Deger
Honourable Mention – FRANK & ZED Director Jesse Blanchard
Special Jury Mention – ITCHY FINGERS Directors Anna Nilles and Marco Jake (recognizing the performance of Zachary Schultz)

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER – ALIEN ON STAGE Directors Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer
Honourable Mention – KID CANDIDATE Director Jasmine Stodel
Special Jury Mention – SO LATE SO SOON Director Daniel Hymanson

Best Canadian Short (including a new cash prize from DGC Canada)
WINNER – JOE BUFFALO Director Amar Chebib
Honourable Mention – RKLSS Director Tank Standing Buffalo
Both JOE BUFFALO & RKLSS play as part of the “Be True to Yourself” Shorts Package

Also announced by CUFF: “This year we have a new cash prize for our Best Canadian Short Award. Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Best Canadian Short Award winner JOE BUFFALO will receive a $2500 cash prize plus a DGC mentor partner for their next project along with a $2500 gift certificate donated by William F. White International Inc.”