11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

Shorts: Reality Bites

Canada, United States, France, Scotland, Germany, 2019/ 2020
Archives 2020
Stream on Demand
Available to watch Nov 25 - Dec 1


A smorgasbord of documentaries 16 minutes or less.  Here you will find a diverse mix of short documentaries, all with varying subjects, and genres within the art-form.

Shorts screened:


Darling Pet Monkey

United States, 2019, 8:38 min, Director Jim McDonough

In 1969, two young brothers ordered a monkey from an ad in the back of a monster magazine. After the postal carrier delivered the box — things got weird.

Êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines

Canada, 2020, 11 min, Director Theola Ross

ÊMÎCÊTÔSÊT-MANY BLOODLINES follows a bi-racial, queer couple from the beginning of their IVF process and the birth of their first child together. Winner of the Best Canadian Short Award at Hot Docs 2020.

Red Robinson

Canada, 2020, 4 min, Director Carmen Pollard

A portrait of Dr. Robert 'Red' Robinson – Vancouver's first rock n' roll deejay.


France, 2020, 15:50 min, Director Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (trailer: https://vimeo.com/436720598)

Pieced together from footage and vague memories captured by animation, MAALBEEK constructs an image of significant day that everyone remembers except for one woman.

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Scotland, 2019, 12:12 min, Director Hannah Currie

Can Lindsay's love for her husband Paul sustain her through the trauma of his brain injury, which leaves him in a perpetual loop of memory loss and joke telling?

Paloma's Pit

United States, 2020, 7 min, Director Michael Arcos

Augustus got his cornea scratched but they don’t stitch feral cats. The third and final chapter of the CAT TRILOGY – GARFIELD ESTATE SALE, VALERIO'S DAY OUT (2019 CUFF Selection), and now ... PALOMA’S PIT.


Canada, 2020, 6:43 min, Director Mike McKinlay (trailer: https://vimeo.com/396870536)

Marty is an 11-year old '80s obsessed skate punk who is stuck in the past while struggling to navigate the present.


Canada, 2019, 11 min, Director Mike Johnston (trailer: https://vimeo.com/341047786)

Aidan "Synn" Pringle is a second generation professional wrestler, who trained to be the best. But when he was sabotaged in his WWE tryout match, he quit the business.

The Chimney Swift

Germany, 2020, 5 min, Director Frédéric Schuld (trailer: https://vimeo.com/401588532)

A British chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers.

Charlie's Lot

United States, 2020, 10:12 min, Director Thomas Carroll

Charlie’s antique car-collecting habit has become a problem. The neighbours are angry and his wife is sick of it. But Charlie is also an anonymous crusader in the fight to save the soul of his city.


Animation / Documentary / LGBTQ+ / Aging / Comedy

92 minutes