CUFF welcomes a mix of films and videos of all lengths and genres, but the festival's dominant focus is on works that chart new, experimental ground in form or content. Selected feature filmmakers receive travel stipends to attend the festival, as well as all-access passes to screenings, parties, and other events. Every day at CUFF is filled with unforgettable screenings, and every night is packed with invigorating parties and concerts. Previous CUFF events have featured performances from indie bands including The Ponys, Tommy Sunshine, and more.
The Chicago Sun-Times has lauded CUFF as "the city's most eclectic [and] best curated fest," and it's not hard to see why. Past programming highlights at the festival have included world and regional premieres of films like Two Years at Sea, Pig Death Machine, The Color Wheel, and Penelope Spheeris' The Decline of Western Civilization, Part III.
December 15, 2013 - Late Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
CUFF showcases the defiantly independent filmmaker by promoting film and video that challenges and transcends expectations.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
CUFF offers custom-made trophies in a wide array of competitive categories that includes documentaries, music videos, animated works, and narrative features and shorts.
Chicago Underground Film Festival sets out to uncover adventurous works that challenge and transcend expectations. In their own words, "if you suspect your film is underground, it probably is." Submit your best work today!