What is BUFF?
The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) labors year in and year out to bring exceptional films from all over the world to the Boston area each 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.
BUFF returns to Harvard Square's historic Brattle Theatre from March 22-26, 2017 for its 19th 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!
In the past, the festival has been able to survive on the generosity of sponsors. These last few years, cash sponsorship has evaporated, and we need the funds of generous donors to help soften the blow on associated 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 under-appreciated and overlooked films and filmmakers.
BUFF has a successful nineteen year history of bringing fantastic cinema to an audience ravenous for a movie-going experience outside the mainstream.
Over the years, we've hosted such guests as Don Coscarelli, Bill Plympton, George Romero, Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Henenlotter, Lucky McKee, Angela Bettis, the late 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 festival passes early through this Kickstarter campaign.
Smaller donations are always welcome; every penny raised helps!
Your donations now give us the cashflow we need to bring in as many guests as we can, plus it helps us to underwrite the legendary parties we put together in celebration of fantastic films, filmmakers, and you, yes you, our unspeakably incredible audience.
What People Say About Us
"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
“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, DigBoston
"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
"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
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 just had y amount of dollars.
We'd love to have the peace of mind of a successful campaign as we gear up for next month'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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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