The longest running underground film festival in the world, CUFF exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker.
The CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF), a showcase of defiant and offbeat cinema that confronts the tired, the market-driven, and the predictable. Through its eight-day program of adventurous, experimental works, CUFF celebrates the artistic, aesthetic, and just plain old fun side of independent filmmaking while challenging and transcending commercial and audience expectations.
Much more than a film festival, CUFF has gained a reputation as one of Chicago's most anticipated cross-cultural summer events. Daily screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center are followed by parties and live music events.
Exhibiting filmmakers receive travel stipends and lodging to attend the Festival, plus full accreditation that includes access to all public screenings, parties, concerts, and other events. With support from the Independent Feature Project (IFP)/Chicago, the Festival also
provides filmmakers with prime exposure and networking opportunities with engaged programmers and producers. What’s more, CUFF presents hand-crafted trophies to the films that are deemed best or most interesting in a wide variety of categories, along with “Made in Chicago” and Audience Choice Awards.
Your contribution will help CUFF bring out-of-town artists to Chicago for this year’s festival, providing funds for travel and lodging. CUFF aims not simply to screen film and video, but also to provide a forum for discourse between filmmakers and audience members. As external funding sources for the arts continue to disappear, it has become increasingly difficult for festivals to provide travel stipends, or for artists to finance their own plane tickets and hotel rooms. Each artist that CUFF is able to bring to Chicago enriches the festival experience for both the audience and the other filmmakers, and your donation will have a direct effect in sustaining CUFF’s role as a dynamic, challenging, and fun part of Chicago’s cultural calendar and summer film festival circuit.
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