The 16th Annual CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF) is one of Chicago's leading film events and a must-attend festival for cutting-edge filmmakers with defiantly independent visions.
Entry forms and guidelines available at www.cuff.org
June 15, 2009 - Final Deadline.
CUFF stands out on the festival circuit for having a unique programming niche, and garnering a following among audiences, media, and industry alike. Each year, CUFF presents an accessible, savvy program of film and video exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the 'underground' concept. Selected films often
ignore limitations of genre, and are made with passion and drive; alternative music films, political agitprop, formal experimentation, and high camp are not uncommon elements of the Festival program.
Past CUFF films, producers, and filmmakers have received honors and offers as a direct result of exposure gained and connections made at the Festival. Programming highlights from years past include premieres
of NICE BOMBS, DANIELSON: A FAMILY MOVIE, Oscar-nominated documentary THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, MONKS - THE TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK, and BLOOD CAR.
"The Chicago Underground Film Festival has spent 15 years earning a viable reputation as a mecca for avant-garde and anti-establishment filmmaking, as well as a Midwest platform for the year’s festival circuit hits." -Matt Dentler (former SXSW Film Fest producer)
"The Chicago Underground Film Festival is the city's most eclectic yet best curated fest." - Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times