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Call For Entries - 21st Chicago Underground Film Festival

Sun Dec 15, 2013 00:00

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the “indie” mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend commercial and audience expectations…if you suspect your film is “underground,” it probably is.

Early Deadline: October 1, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $20); Shorts $30 (Students $15)
Regular Deadline: November 15, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $20); Shorts $35 (Student $15)
Late Deadline: December 15, 2013 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $25); Shorts $40 (Student $20)

Use the online entry form and pay with paypal or checkor use the Withoutabox link below:

A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film or video submitted.

Preview copies must be NTSC DVD or Blu-Ray or a secure online screener (withoutabox, Vimeo etc). Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please, do not send elaborate presentation materials, press kits, binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to send is a clearly identified DVD and, if you like, a synopsis or contextual statement about your work. These are the only items that the programmers will see when they evaluate your submission. We don’t want you to pay for unnecessary materials, and they generate lots of waste. If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits. or better yet: put these materials online and type the URL into your entry form.

Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Pay through Withoutabox or with this form through Paypal, check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made out to IFP Chicago (DO NOT make checks out to Chicago Underground Film Festival ).

Entry Fees are not required from filmmakers who have screened at CUFF in the past. If you are working in a part of the world where an entry fee would prohibit you from submitting your film, contact us at to request a fee waiver. Please understand that we rely on entry fees for the operation of the festival and only request waivers when necessary.

Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. All film reels, cans, videotapes and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. The festival will cover return shipping via FedEx or US Mail. The entrant or the recipient must pay additional charges for express shipping or transshipments to foreign film festivals. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use only plastic or bubble pack envelopes when shipping entries.


Chicago Underground Film Festival
2044 W. Chicago Ave
PMB # 155
Chicago, IL 60622

The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone. Films not selected will receive notification by email. If accepted, the print of your film or presentation video will need to be in our office by March 1, 2014. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. CUFF prefers high quality digital files for exhibition of video work.

Please select only ONE category for your entry when completing your entry form. For our purposes ‘feature’ refers to films 60 minutes and over. ‘Experimental’ refers exclusively for non-narrative, non-documentary works. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem appropriate.

Although the art of filmmaking is not competitive, The Chicago Underground Film Festival does give awards. The festival jury will present several awards to films and videos selected as best or most interesting in whatever categories they see fit. Additionally “Made in Chicago” and Audience Choice awards will also be presented.

Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.

For more information email us at info@CUFF.ORG


19th Chicago Underground Film Festival

Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:00

Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

From Mike Everlith, "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!


Chicago Underground Film Festival

Tue Mar 15, 2011 00:00

Now in our 18th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that experiment in form, technique, or content and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend expectations...if you suspect your film is "underground," it probably is.

Founded in 1994, The Chicago Underground Film Festival is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other "independent" film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven festivals such as Sundance. Instead we seek to create our own particular niche by presenting an accessible, user-friendly showcase for Avant-Garde and cult cinema. CUFF presents a wide range of work exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the concept of "underground". From alternative music films and political agitprop to high camp and formal experimentation. We like films that go beyond expectations and genre, films made with passion, obsession and drive. The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an official program of IFP/Chicago

Chicago Underground Film Festival
PO Box 3065
Chicago IL 60654
Phone: (312)506-4699



Sat Oct 01, 2011 21:50

Black Thorns in the Black Box
A film screening curated by Amelia Ishmael and Bryan
to occur in conjunction with “Black Thorns in the
White Cube”
an exhibition of Black Metal inspired art
Amelia Ishmael, curator of the
gallery exhibition “Black Thorns in the White Cube,”
and Bryan Wendorf, co-founder and programmer of the Chicago
Underground Film Festival, invite you to submit works for consideration
to “Black Thorns in the Black Box,” a screening of Black Metal inspired films to take place in conjunction with the “Black Thorns in the White Cube” exhibitions.
This screening will contribute to an international discourse currently occurring in Black Metal theory that examines the innovations and significance of contemporary Black Metal art, and offers an account of the critical disruptions taking place as this historical Norwegian musical subgenre transforms into a language of contemporary art. Practicing a transmodality between sound and vision, and pushing the limits of contemporary academic genres by definition, “Black Thorns in the Black Box” will feature a mutual blackening of art and metal.
Entries will be accepted through October 1, 2011.
Artists will be notified of decisions by December 15, 2011.
To submit
DVD and blu-ray discs should be mailed to:
Black Thorns In The Black Box
c/o Amelia Ishmael
PO Box 559
IL 60690
and other streaming links should be emailed to
be sure that all materials are clearly labeled with the title of the work,
creators name and contact information. Submission materials will not be
regarding the film portion of the exhibition should be sent to Bryan Wendorf
questions regarding the art exhibition please contact Amelia Ishmael
Exhibition Tour: Film screening dates and exact locations to be confirmed.
Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City,
Missouri, January 20-March 3, 2012
Western Exhibitions, Chicago,
Illinois, March 16-April 14, 2012


17th Chicago Underground Film Festival

Mon Mar 15, 2010 00:00

United States of America

The 17th Chicago Underground Film Festival is now accepting submissions for our 17th festival to be held June 24 - July 1 2010 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Early Deadline is March 1 2010, Final Deadline March 15. For entry forms and guidelines please visit

Since 1994, the Chicago Underground Film Festival ...has presented the finest in new underground, experimental and documentary film and video. In 2008
the festival entered into a partnership with IFP/Chicago and in 2009 the festival moved to the state of the art Gene Siskel Film Center.
2010 will mark another major change for the festival as we move from our traditional fall dates to the spring.

2009 Chicago Underground Film Festival jury selected the following works as festival winners. Our 2009 jury was comprised of Patrick Friel (White Light Cinema/Onion City Film Festival), Adam Hart (University of Chicago Experimental Film Club) and author and media activist Anne Elizabeth Moore. Winning films were given one of a kind hand-made trophies designed by Chicago artist Luke Breckon.

Best Narrative Feature: Blondes In The Jungle (Whitney Horne and Lev Kalman)
Best Narrative Short: All Ghost Women Play The Theremin (Jerzy Rose)
Best Documentary Feature: It Came From Kuchar! (Jennifer Kroot)
Best Documentary Short: Me Broni Ba (Akosua Adoma Owusu)
Best Experimental Film: Jaws (Sabine Gruffat)
Best Animation: Elfmädchen (Mirka Morales)
Made In Chicago Award: Somewhere Only We Know (Jesse Maclean)
Audience Award: American Radical- The Trials of Norman Finkelstein (David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier)

Delivery address:
Chicago Underground Film Festival
c/o IFP/Chicago
1104 S. Wabash
suite 403
Chicago IL 60605