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19th Chicago Underground Film Festival

  • Deadline:
    March 1, 2011, noon
  • Location:
    Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Chicago, 60601, Illinois, 60647, US

From Mike Everlith, Badlit.com: "Chicago Underground Film Festival, The reigning champion of all underground film festivals is still going strong as it nears in on two decades in operation. That’s right, the Chicago Underground Film Festival is now open for submissions for their 19th annual edition that will in Spring 2012.There’s a reason why CUFF has been so successful for so many years: The fierce dedication of festival Artistic Director Bryan Wendorf, who’s been running things since the very beginning. However, the truly astounding thing that Wendorf has done is that he’s allowed the fest to grow over the past 19 years.Since the fest abandoned its transgressive leanings many moons ago, CUFF has always allowed the notion of what an “underground film” is to grow and adapt. For that reason, it’s always difficult to pin down exactly what Wendorf and his crew are looking to program every year, but when they announce their annual lineup it always seems to make sense.What they program is a little different, off-beat in varying ways, still embracing a punk aesthetic, intelligent, sometimes smart-ass, sometimes raucous, experimental in concept although not always in form and always challenging. CUFF defines what it means to be “underground” without ever settling for a concrete definition. So, if you think your film embraces those same qualities, then submit" Experimental, narrative, documentary and genre-defying films and videos wanted!