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For 15 years and counting, BUFF brings the most cutting-edge films, and films with a cutting-edge, to the Boston area.
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22 Hours Left to Buy #BUFF15 Passes - With Special Swag Incentives!

We've reached our campaign goal!! However, we still have 23 hours left to raise a little bit more! 

We're encouraging festival attendees to purchase their passes through this Kickstarter early: As a reward, we're offering:

$100 Level Backers get a fest pass plus BUFF T-Shirt & Special Thanks in print and on our website

$125+ Level Backers get a fest pass plus BUFF T-Shirt plus BUFF tote bag PLUS a limited edition 11x17 poster print designed especially for our midnight screening of SAMURAI COP by our fantastic in-house designer plus Special Thanks in print and on our website

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The Boston Underground Film Festival has labored for the last ten months to bring the most cutting-edge film and video to the Boston area this March.

Now in our 15th year, BUFF returns to Harvard Square's Brattle Theatre with plans to make this year's program the most insane and provocative yet, but we need your support!

In the past, the festival has been able to survive on the generosity of our sponsors. These last few years, cash sponsorship has been scarce, and we need the funds of generous donors to help soften the blow on associated rental costs, printing and advertising, and accommodating our attending feature filmmakers.

The Boston Underground Film Festival has a fifteen year history of bringing under-appreciated cinema to an audience ravenous for a movie-going experience outside the mainstream. Over the years, BUFF has hosted such guests as Don Coscarelli, Bill Plympton, George Romero, Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Henenlotter, Lucky McKee, Angela Bettis, George Kuchar, and Mink Stole.

BUFF has also managed to give Boston audiences face-time with such visionary contemporary filmmakers as Jason Eisener, Douglas Buck, Simon Rumley, Zach Clark, Karim Hussain, Alex Ross Perry, Anna Biller, and Ann Marie Fleming. We want this year's BUFF to continue with our tradition of bringing filmmakers face-to-face with an appreciative audience.

We are reaching out to our audience to help us out by buying a festival pass early through this Kickstarter campaign. Smaller donations are always welcome and will be rewarded with thank you's and festival screening tickets. At the higher levels we are offering invites to exclusive donor events and our filmmaker reception at the festival. Your donations now give us the cashflow we need to ensure each feature filmmaker can come to town (when available) to present their latest work plus it helps us to budget for the legendary parties we put together each night of the festival in celebration of these fantastic films. 

What people are saying about BUFF: “BUFF has certainly grown into one of the coolest underground fests in the world.” – Mike Everleth, Bad Lit

“The festival was a real class act, with a fantastic, intimate ambiance, cool guests and a genuinely awesome staff, who every year are elevating the event in importance and reputation. It was a great pleasure to show my movie there and also to discuss the film with the Boston audience, who were so enthusiastic and communicative.” – Karim Hussain, filmmaker, La Belle Bête

“Cinema lovers who are drawn to the kind of original and experimental works they won’t find at the local multiplex (or even the local art house) can look forward to the arrival of the Boston Underground Film Festival.” – Lisa McKay, Blogcritics

“The Boston Underground Film Festival prides itself on digging up naughty and subversive little flicks that look something like a Herschell Gordon Lewis/John Waters concoction.” – Harry Vaughn, Weekly Dig

Risks and challenges

We love bringing filmmakers and fans face-to-face whenever we can; if our campaign isn't successful, we'll have enough funds to bring as many as we can, but Boston will miss out on some really cool as-of-yet unnamed guests coming from a little further away.

The all-volunteer directors of BUFF pick up the tab for all expenses at the end of the day; we budget carefully and know what our limits are with x amount of dollars, while knowing how much more awesome can be packed into our event if we only just had y amount of dollars. We'd love to have the peace of mind of a successful campaign as we gear up for this spring's festival; it'll ensure that we can continue to raise the bar in bringing Boston a truly unique, completely gonzo film celebration. If we're unsuccessful, we'll regrettably, but dutifully, scale back the awesome.

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    Two tickets to any festival film ($19.50 value) and a thank you on the festival website.

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    One all access festival pass ($100 value) a thank you on the website and in the printed program and a BUFF t-shirt ($10 value).

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    An invitation to a special post festival screening and reception for festival sponsors and donors, a pair of all access festival passes ($200 value) a thank you on the website and in the printed program and two BUFF t-shirts ($20 value) of your choice and a surprise DVD ($20 value).

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    An invitation to the filmmaker reception, a pair of festival swag bags, an invitation to a special post festival screening and reception for festival sponsors and donors, Two pairs of all access festival passes ($400 value) a thank you on the website and in the printed program and two BUFF t-shirts ($20 value) of your choice and two surprise DVDs ($40 value).

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    A 10-pack of mystery DVDs, an invitation to the filmmaker reception, a pair of festival swag bags, an invitation to a special post-festival screening and reception for festival sponsors and donors, three pairs of all access festival passes ($600 value) a thank you on the website and in the printed program and three BUFF t-shirts ($30 value) of your choice.

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