Call For Entries - 13th Chicago Underground Film Festival

Posted by Bryan Wendorf | Sat Jan 28th 2006 2:05 p.m.

The Chicago Underground is once again accepting entries for our 2006
festival. Lucky number thirteen! As always were looking for the very best in
new film and video work. Features, shorts, narratives, documentaries,
experimentals, animations, music videos and more! Show us what you got!
Entry forms and guidelines available now at http://www.cuff.org
  • Bryan Wendorf | Sun Feb 26th 2006 11:55 a.m.
    The Chicago Underground is once again accepting entries for our 2006
    festival. Lucky number thirteen! As always we're looking for the very best
    in new film and video work. Features, shorts, narratives, documentaries,
    experimentals, animations, music videos and more! Show us what you got!

    EARLY DEADLINE --> March 1!

    REGULAR DEADLINE - April 1

    Entry forms and guidelines available now at http://www.cuff.org

    Or apply online at withoutabox.com http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1095
  • Bryan Wendorf | Tue Mar 21st 2006 8:18 p.m.
    Chicago Underground fest mines the subculture of film...

    Founded in 1993, Chicago Underground is dedicated to the work of film and
    video makers with defiantly independent visions. As Roger Ebert said of
    this fest, "What you get for your money is not just admission to the films
    but admission to a subculture."

    Radical beyond independent, the "underground" culture supports films that go
    beyond expectations and genre, to include a menu of films made with passion,
    obsession, and drive. In addition, CUFF has consistently honored the
    history of underground and independent cinema by presenting tributes and
    retrospectives of filmmakers such as Tom Palozzolo, Richard Kern, Kenneth
    Anger, George Kuchar, John Waters, and Paul Morrissey.

    Every evening of screenings is followed by a great night of parties, events
    and concerts. Jury awards are presented in the following categories:
    Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short,
    Experimental, Animation, and "Made in Chicago" - along with an Audience
    Choice award.

    Past success stories include filmmaker Sarah Jacobson, who debuted her film
    "Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore" (six months before it screened at
    Sundance). Some other films that have received national theatrical
    distribution include: "The Manson Family," "Men Cry Bullets," "The Acid
    House" as well as Oscar-nominated "Weather Underground" and "The Decline of
    Western Civilization Part 3."

    This is one highly accessible, user-friendly showcase for avant-garde,
    independent and cult cinema.

    Chicago Underground Film Festival

    August 18 to August 25, 2006

    UPCOMING DEADLINE
    APRIL 1, 2005 - Regular Deadline

    HOW TO APPLY
    Entry forms and guidelines available at http://www.cuff.org or applu online
    at http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1095

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE
    Now in its 13th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to
    showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. The Chicago Underground
    mission is to promote films and videos that dissent in form, technique, or
    content from the "indie" film/video mainstream and to present adventurous
    works that challenge and transcend expectations. If you suspect your film is
    "underground" ...it probably is.

    ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
    Founded in 1994, The Chicago Underground Film Festival is dedicated to the
    work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. CUFF
    presents a wide range of work exploring the many definitions and
    interpretations of the concept of "underground."

    The festival, held each summer, offers a complementary mix of independent
    features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films. Panels and workshops
    augment the diverse programming. Of course, CUFF also presents nightly
    parties (including the infamous "Take The Filmmakers Bowling" party) as well
    as concerts featuring performances by groups such as Plastic Crimewave
    Sound, Head of Femur, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods,
    Califone, Frontier, Red Red Meat, Bobby Conn, The Wesley Willis Fiasco,
    Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers, and the Waco Bros.

    Past programming highlights include the Chicago premieres of "We Jam Econo-
    The Story of the Minutemen" by Tim Irwin, Craig Baldwin's "Sonic Outlaws,"
    Jim Sikora's "Bullet On A Wire," Kevin DiNovas' "Surrender Dorothy,"
    "Modulations" by Iara Lee, "American Passport" by Reed Paget, "Benjamin
    Smoke" by Peter Sillen and Jem Cohen, Todd Verow's "The Once and Future
    Queen," Esther Bell's "Godass," "Plaster Caster" by Jessica Villines, and
    Montieth McCollum's "Hybrid."

    What others have said about Chicago Underground:

    "I like the word 'underground' as in the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
    The word 'independent' carries a stigma of whininess. 'Underground' means a
    good time." - John Waters, receiving the Director's Tribute award at the
    1997 Deauville Film Festival

    "It oftentimes takes as long as a decade for film festivals to become
    established with audiences and moviemakers alike, but in just six years, the
    Chicago Underground Film Festival transformed itself from a hole-in-the-wall
    operation focusing almost exclusively on local product to the largest
    underground film fest in the country, with films and tapes being submitted
    from around the globe. The reasons, of course, are savvy programming and
    solid marketing." - John Petrakis, The Chicago Tribune

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