CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Chicago, Illinois - USA
May 31 to June 4, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 24th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the longest-running "underground" film festival in the world. The festival's cutting edge attitude is right at home at the festival's host venue, Chicago's historic Logan Theatre, situated in the hip and artistic Logan Square neighborhood. Shining a bright spotlight on avant-garde and cult cinema, CUFF draws enthusiastic film fans from all over the world to celebrate original filmmaking that is not afraid to take a risk. Roger Ebert attested, "What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture."
The Festival offers a mix of films and videos of all lengths and genres, focusing on work that is experimental in form or content. Panels and workshops augment this diverse programming along with nightly parties (including the infamous "Take The Filmmakers Bowling" party). Each year CUFF also offers unforgettable concerts, past performances by groups such as Pedestrian Deposit, Brett Nauke, Jeremiah Meece, The Ponys, Bobby Conn & The Glass Gypsies, Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods, Califone, Frontier, Terre Thaemlitz, The Handsome Family, The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers and the Waco Bros.
The Chicago Sun-Times lauded CUFF as "the city's most eclectic [and] best curated fest," and it's not hard to see why. The 2016 festival opened with the world premiere of Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present by Tyler Hubby, while 2015 kicked off with the North American premiere of Ruined Heart by Khavn De La Cruz. Other recent highlights include Chicago premieres of The Love Witch by Anna Biller, The Alchemist Cookbook by Joel Potrykus, Blood Below The Skin by Jennifer Reeder, Evaporating Borders by Iva Radivojevic, For The Plasma by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, Sailing A Sinking Seaby Olivia Wyatt, Speculation Nation by Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, Atlantis by Ben Russell, See You Next Tuesday by Drew Tobias, The Color Wheel and Impolex by Alex Ross Perry and American Arab by Usama Alshaibi.
December 1, 2016 - Regular Deadline
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
CUFF's mission is to select and screen film, video and related works presenting a diverse line up of moving image programming focusing on filmmakers working to reinvent and explore new approaches to established practices, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. The Festival's goal is to achieve these aims by presenting a fun, user-friendly and accessible event.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
After more than two decades in operation, CUFF continues to be the premiere annual event for challenging, creative and artistic cinema. Programmers are dedicated to screen a wide variety of film and video work that shatters and reconstructs established notions of projected imagery and storytelling.
Features, Shorts, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental/Avant Garde are welcome for submission - qualify your project today!