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Final Deadline 16th Chicago Underground Film Festival


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

OPPORTUNITY

Chicago Underground Film Festival


Deadline:
Wed Jul 01, 2009 00:00

Location:
United States of America

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


OPPORTUNITY

16th Chicago Underground Film Festival


Deadline:
Fri May 15, 2009 00:00

CALL FOR ENTRIES - 16th CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Chicago, Illinois - USA
September 10 - 13 2009
at the Gene Siskel Film Center

The 16th Annual CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF), 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 http://www.cuff.org

CUFF stands out on the festival circuit for having a unique programming niche, and garnering a following among hipsters, 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. Additionally, numerous CUFF films have gone on to receive theatrical distribution.

DEADLINES
May 15 2009 - Regular Deadline
June 15 2009 - Final Deadline

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
CUFF is a great time for attendees, filmmakers, and industry. Daily screenings are followed by a great night of parties, events and concerts. In Roger Ebert's words, "What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture."

What people are saying about the Chicago Underground Film Festival:

"The Chicago Underground Film Festival has spent 15 years earning a viable reputation as a mecca for avant-garde and anti-establishment feature 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. Director and co-founder Bryan Wendorf has a knack for uncovering work that startles, upsets and spellbinds." - Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

"What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture"
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“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

"Defiantly independent and deliberately scandalous" - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"If you care at all about the state of culture on the margins, this is probably the most important project in the country reflecting its evolution" - Lumpen Magazine

"The most refreshingly offbeat film event in Chicago" - Adam Langer, The Film Festival Guide

"A cultural mainstay on its home turf" - Ray Pride, Filmmaker Magazine

"Without CUFF my movie would not be coming out in America" - Peter Hall, Director of DELINQUENT

"I'd like to think the work Chris Gore and I did at Film Threat helped inspire the lunatics behind CUFF but now they're the ones inspiring me...not just a great "underground" festival but a great film festival PERIOD." - Dave Williams, former editor FILM THREAT

"What can be said about CUFF that hasn't already been written on every men's room wall in Chicago? The ultimate late summer party? A film fix for the celluloid junkies? Free food? Take your pick..." - Producer Jim Dwyer

"I had the best time of my life at this festival. Your lives are so much better than all those people who think they're having a good time in Hollywood" - Penelope Spheeris, Hollywood Filmmaker

"CUFF gave me hope for the future" - George Kuchar, Underground Filmmaker

"There are still a few out there for whom the indie flame burns bright. Right on!" - Peter Howell, Toronto Star


OPPORTUNITY

15th Chicago Underground Film Festival


Deadline:
Thu May 15, 2008 00:00

We are now accepting submissions for the 15th Chicago Underground Film
Festival. Entry forms are available now at http://www.cuff.org

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Now in our 15th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to
showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our 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
"What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but
admission to a subculture" -- Roger Ebert

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. As of this year the
festival is an official program of IFP/Chicago

The festival offers a complementary mix of independent features,
shorts, documentaries and experimental films. Panels and workshops
augment this diverse programming. Of course, we also present nightly
parties (including our infamous "Take The Filmmakers Bowling" party)
as well concerts featuring performances by groups such as The
Ponys,Joan of Arc,Bobby Conn & The Glass Gypsies,Plastic Crimewave
Sound, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods, Califone,
Frontier, Red Red Meat, The Handsome Family,The Wesley Willis Fiasco,
Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers and the Waco Bros.

Past programming highlights include the Chicago premieres of Nice
Bombs by Usama Alshaibi, Danielson - A Family Movie by JL Aronson, The
Monks- The Transatlantic Feedback by Dietmar Post, LOL by Joe
Swanberg, We Jam Econo- The Story of the Minutemen by Tim Irwin, Craig
Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws, Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore by Sarah
Jacobson, Jim Sikora's Bullet On A Wire, Men Cry Bullets by Tamara
Hernandez, Kevin DiNovas' Surrender Dorothy, The Decline of Western
Civilization, Part 3 by Penelope Spheeris, 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.

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, Jack Smith, Paul Morrissey, Melvin Van Peebles,
Doris Wishman, Larry Cohen,Alfred Leslie, Nick Zedd and Alejandro
Jodorowsky.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Entries must be submitted on 1/2" (standard VHS in either NTSC or
PAL/SEACAM formats) videocassette or NTSC or PAL DVD. Foreign language
work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

ENTRY FEES
$30 per entry postmarked by May 15, $35 per entry postmarked by June
16, $40 per entry received by July 15. Entry fees must be in U.S.
funds only. Checks or money orders should be made out to IFP/Chicago.

Entry Fees are not required from filmmakers who have screened at CUFF
in the past.

SHIPPING
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 cases when shipping entries. PLEASE DO NOT USE FIBER
ENVELOPES. FIBER ENVELOPES SUCK AND WILL DAMAGE TAPES AND EQUIPMENT!

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our
selection committee. We will notify filmmakers by email.

If accepted, the print of your film, or presentation video (DVCam or
Mini-DV), will need to be in our office by October 1, 2008.

Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any
other special screening/presentation information we might need to
know.

CATEGORIES
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. If your film or video contains any form of
"story," it is advised you enter your piece in the "narrative"
category. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem
appropriate.

AWARDS
Although the art of filmmaking is not competitive, The Chicago
Underground Film Festival does give awards. The festival jury will
present awards to films and videos selected as best in these
categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature,
Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation, and "Made in Chicago". An
Audience Choice award will also be presented.

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

HOW TO CONTACT US
For more information email us at info@cuff.org.or call (312) 235-0161

mailing address for entries :
Chicago Underground Film Festival
c/o IFP/Chicago
1104 S. Wabash
Chicago IL 60605


DISCUSSION

Final Deadline - 13th Chicago Underground Film Festival


13th CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
CALL FOR ENTRIES!!! CALL FOR ENTRIES!!!
FINAL DEADLINE MAY 1!

It's not too late!

13th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival
August 17-24, 2006

There's still time to submit your film or video to the Chicago Underground
Film Festival for our 2006 event. Lucky number thirteen!

We're looking for the best film and video work in all categories and genres:
Experimental, Documentary, Narrative, Shorts, Features, Music Videos and
work that completely defies categorization - especially work that defies
categorization!

To read complete regulations and download an entry form visit our website:

http://www.cuff.org

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.

Entry fees

EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: $30 for entries postmarked by March 1
REGULAR DEADLINE: $35 for entries postmarked by April 1
FINAL DEADLINE: $40 for entries postmarked by May 1

ALUMNI ENTER FOR FREE!

Checks and money orders should be made out to Chicago Underground Film
Festival. You can also pay for your entry fee by credit card through paypal.

or enter through our internet partner WithoutaBox.com
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/1095

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