About the Series

With a new season comes a new name...and all the docs you love so much!

With 12 great years behind us, we'd like to thank our friends at Hot Docs Festival for their partnership and inclusion in this Canada-wide program. We're headed out on our own now...with Top Docs!  

CIFF’s Top Docs (formerly known as Doc Soup) is a monthly feature-length documentary series. 

Top Docs brings six of the year's most talked-about docs to local audiences. Rich with diverse perspectives and a spectrum of filmmaking styles, these documentaries will fascinate, inspire, enlighten, and entertain! 

This year's Top Docs Series is going hybrid. Join us in cinema* or online with virtual streaming! 

All in cinema events will take place at Globe Cinema and streaming will be offered through our Eventive platform.

*CIFF is and will continue to monitor Alberta Health Services (AHS) standards as they are updated and adjusted, and will continue to abide by the industry standards they set out for us. In the event that Provincial or Municipal restrictions do not allow for our in-cinema screenings to take place, they will not be rescheduled. 

NEW: Closed Captioning will be offered for all English-language films

2020 Top Docs Series Dates

2020 Tickets

CIFF will temporarily suspend our 6-Ticket Pass for Top Docs 2021 because of uncertainty related to the pandemic. To make things easier for our audience as we adapt to changes to AHS and City of Calgary-mandated restrictions, we will be offering single tickets for specific events only.

Virtual Ticket: $13.50, includes tax + fees
In Cinema Ticket: $13.50, includes tax + fees

Advanced tickets for virtual streaming will go on sale one month before the scheduled event. Advanced tickets for the in-cinema screening will go on sale two weeks before the scheduled event, subject to change
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  • Masks will be required for in-cinema events and can be removed only when actively eating and drinking
  • In-cinema tickets will be booked with assigned seating and physical distancing between cohorts
  • A maximum of four people may sit next to each other in the cinema given the tickets are purchased together as a cohort. As per AHS restrictions, your cohort can include members of your household or two other individuals if you live alone. 
  • Limited in-cinema capacities, in accordance with AHS regulations.

See FAQ for more information


  • Audiences can purchase a streaming ticket and watch alone, with their family, or their cohort
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance with streaming access beginning the first day of the virtual streaming window.
  • Once unlocked, audiences will have 48 hours to complete watching the film and can stream as many times as they like.
  • Streaming can take place via your computer or on your television using Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable.

See FAQ for more information