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Help BUFF bring cutting-edge films—and films with a cutting-edge—to New England cinephiles as we return for our 21st anniversary!
130 backers pledged $10,806 to help bring this project to life.

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The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) labors year in, year out to bring strange and unusual films from all over the world to New England cinephiles every March.  

BUFF celebrates unconventional stories, idiosyncratic voices, fever dreams, nightmarish visions, and all manner of cinematic form, in service of an audience ravenous for an annual sensory bacchanalia from beyond the mainstream. We champion international visionaries alongside homegrown talent. We love genre, horror, documentaries, dark comedies and films that are impossible to classify; so does our audience. 

Still from BUFF 2018's opening night film (and Best Feature-winner) "My Name is Myeisha"
Still from BUFF 2018's opening night film (and Best Feature-winner) "My Name is Myeisha"

We are a festival by the weirdos, for the weirdos, and both local and national outlets are starting to take notice. BUFF won the coveted Best of Boston® 2018 award for best film festival and was named one of MovieMaker Magazine's 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in 2019. These accolades are as much a reflection of the amazing community that supports the festival as they are on the work of our 100% volunteer-run organization.

Twenty-one years of cinemadness--and counting

BUFF returns to Harvard Square's historic Brattle Theatre from March 20-24, 2019 for our 21st edition, with plans to make this year's program the most insane and provocative yet, but we need the support of our fans and community to make it happen!

Our home, our family.
Our home, our family.

In the now distant past, the festival was able to survive on the generosity of sponsors. However, cash sponsorship has all but evaporated and we rely on the contributions of generous donors to help soften the blow of rental costs, printing and advertising, accommodating our attending feature filmmakers, and creating a vibrant, welcoming space for filmmakers to connect with one another and our fantastic audience. 

Unfortunately, this city is not getting any cheaper for struggling volunteer cineastes who just want to show some love to underappreciated and overlooked films and filmmakers. 

New England filmmakers presenting their work at our annual "Homegrown Horror" showcase
New England filmmakers presenting their work at our annual "Homegrown Horror" showcase

BUFF has a successful twenty-one-year history of bringing fantastic cinema to an audience ravenous for a moviegoing experience beyond multiplex fare. We have also helped to nurture homegrown talent by creating a space to celebrate and support New England horror, documentary, animated, and independent filmmakers.

Over the years, we've hosted such guests as Larry Fessenden, Suzanne Ciani, Gabriel Bartalos, Jeremy Saulnier, Don Coscarelli, Bill Plympton, George Romero, Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Henenlotter, Lucky McKee, Angela Bettis, the late George Kuchar, and Mink Stole.  

Mexican director Issa López receiving the 2018 Audience Award for Best Feature
Mexican director Issa López receiving the 2018 Audience Award for Best Feature

BUFF has also treated Boston audiences to face time with such visionary contemporary filmmakers as Issa López, 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, so we are reaching out to you. 

Your support now gives us the cashflow we need to bring in as many guests as we can, plus it helps us to underwrite the legendary celebrations we put together in honor of fantastic films, filmmakers, and you–yes, you–our unspeakably incredible audience.

Any form of support, great or small, is always welcome; every penny raised or social media post reshared will help us immensely!

Films featured at previous editions of BUFF
Films featured at previous editions of BUFF

What people say about us

"This festival is underground and above reproach" – Boston Globe

"It’s one of the most fun festivals in all of the United States, with parties each and every night and some of the greatest special events that you’ll ever find at a gathering of film nerds outside of Austin’s Fantastic Fest." – Vanyaland

"BUFF is a terrific festival! Great audience! Great staff! Screening there was a delight. I can't wait to return!" – Don Coscarelli, Director of Phantasm, John Dies at the End

"Multiple Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee once said, 'I try to please everyone.' The filmmakers of the Boston Underground Film Festival selections, those vying for the Bacchus Award — an honor that takes the shape of a demonic bunny trophy — likely don’t create guided by this philosophy. On the contrary, the films of BUFF are unabashedly not-for-everyone." – WBUR's The ARTery

"BUFF was one of my favorite film festival experiences I've had. Organized, attentive and downright fun. With a great selection of movies, Buff attracts one of the rowdiest and most vocal group of cinema lovers in the nation. My screening was an absolute blast and I hope I get the opportunity to showcase my next film there!" – Mike Mendez, Director of Big Ass Spider!, The Gravedancers

“You already know why they call it the Boston Underground Film Festival. The happening plays host to the too strange, the too scary, the too sexual—the films that are all too something to play anywhere else around...” – DigBoston

"I went to BUFF with nothing and I left with a pink vibrating bunny; how could that not be an excellent time!?" – Simon Rumley, Director of Red White & Blue, Club Le Monde

"The odd, the experimental, and the undervalued are brought together in a festival that offers a respite from the uniformity of modern, mass-market, film." – POPMatters

"Since 1998 the Boston Underground Film Festival has featured films that are weird, experimental, esoteric, and flat-out fun..." – Boston Globe

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 a few, 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 had y amount of dollars.

We'd love to have the peace of mind of a successful campaign as we gear up for our upcoming 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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    BFFs of BUFF

    Every donation, big or small, helps us to continue bringing New England a cinematic celebration of the strange and unusual! Receive a digital postcard of gratitude from Bacchus and love vibes from the underground.

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    Double Vision

    Pledge $25 and get TWO tickets to any BUFF 2019 screening (up to $24 value). Perfect for you and a pal to watch one film at the festival together, or treat yourself to two screenings. You'll also receive a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    BUFF Swag Club

    For BUFF lovers near or far that want to swag it up: Pledge $30 to BUFF and receive a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a luxurious 2019 BUFF shirt, our coveted limited edition enamel pin, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup at the festival -or- can be shipped within the USA (only) after the festival (sorry).

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    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
    • Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
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    Fast Five

    Binge at BUFF 2019: Pledge $55 and receive ONE 5-film punchcard (up to $60 value), a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    Fast Five Style

    Binge at BUFF 2019, in style: Pledge $75 and receive ONE 5-film punchcard (up to $60 value), one of BUFF's luxurious 2019 shirts, a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
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    Film BUFF

    For serious film BUFFs: Pledge $135 and receive ONE all-access BUFF 2019 festival pass (valued at $275), a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a social media THANK YOU shout-out, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to display your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    Super Film BUFF

    For serious film BUFFs, with style: Pledge $160 and receive ONE all-access BUFF 2019 festival pass (valued at $275), a luxurious BUFF 2019 shirt, one of our highly coveted limited edition enamel pins, a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a social media THANK YOU shout-out, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to display your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
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    Super Film BUFF Party of 2

    For serious film buffs plus their ride or die: Pledge $300 and receive TWO all-access 2019 festival passes ($550 value), a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, luxurious 2019 BUFF shirts for you both, matching limited edition enamel pins, a social media THANK YOU shout-out, and fabulous goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
    • Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
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    Super Film BUFF Bonanza

    For serious film buffs who roll deep: Pledge $500 and receive FOUR all-access 2019 festival passes ($1100 value), a thank you on BUFF's website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, luxurious 2019 BUFF shirts for you and the crew, limited edition enamel pins for all of you, a social media THANK YOU shout-out, and fabulous goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Reward available for pickup only (at the festival).

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    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
    • Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
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    Festival Czar

    You're the ultimate patron saint of cinema. Where to even begin? MC our after hours party & have creative input on the night's entertainment. Have a private dinner with one of our guests (your choice) and BUFF staff during the festival.

    Be the human of the hour and attend our private filmmaker reception, where we will carry you on a chair and fete you like the cinehero you are. Receive one extremely rare, limited edition BUFF hoodie for you to wear, 6 all-access 2019 festival passes ($1650 value) for you and your posse, a thank you on BUFF's website, a social media shout-out, six luxurious BUFF shirts and enamel pins for you and your crew.

    Oh, and your glowing visage, deified (or not) in any manner of your choosing, on the Brattle screen, where you will be thanked before every #BUFF21 screening. Maybe a custom sash and crown? Or a role in our closing night ceremony? Together we'll come up with a way to make your incredible support a creatively visible feature at the festival.

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    • BUFF 2019 All-Access Festival Pass
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 4XL)
    • Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
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    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
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