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Help BUFF continue to bring cutting-edge films—and films with a cutting-edge—to New England cinephiles.
Help BUFF continue to bring cutting-edge films—and films with a cutting-edge—to New England cinephiles.
136 backers pledged $9,851 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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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. 

Films BUFF has proudly brought to New England audiences over the past few years!
Films BUFF has proudly brought to New England audiences over the past few years!

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.

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    Friends of BUFF

    Every donation, big or small, helps us to continue bringing New England a cinematic celebration of weird world cinema!

    Receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website and a digital postcard of gratitude. You are a true friend of film!

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    Cinema Club

    Give and ye shall receive: Pledge $15 to BUFF and receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our 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 support. Ideal for BUFF fans who can't attend this year's festival.

    Includes:
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 11"x17" Poster
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    Cinema Club - LOCAL PICKUP ONLY

    Give and ye shall receive: Pledge $15 to BUFF and receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our 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 support. Ideal for BUFF fans who can pick up their items at this year's festival.

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    Cinema Swag Club

    Near, far, wherever you are, receive and wear your BUFF swag proudly: Pledge $25 to BUFF and receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a BUFF T-Shirt, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Ideal for BUFF fans who can't attend this year's festival.

    Includes:
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 2XL)
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
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    Double Vision

    Up your date night game (or go solo squared): Pledge $25 and get TWO tickets to any BUFF 2017 screening (up to $24 value), receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our 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.

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    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF Film Screening Ticket
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    Cinema Swag Club - LOCAL PICKUP ONLY

    Near, far, wherever you are, receive and wear your BUFF swag proudly: Pledge $25 to BUFF and receive a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a BUFF T-Shirt, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride. Ideal for BUFF fans who can pick up their items at this year's festival.

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    Fast Five

    Mini-binge at BUFF 2017: Pledge $55 and receive ONE 5-film punchcard (up to $60 value), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our 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.

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    • BUFF 5-film Punchcard
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
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    Fast Five Style Plus

    Mini-binge at BUFF 2017, in style: Pledge $75 and receive ONE 5-film punchcard (up to $60 value), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a BUFF T-Shirt, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride, and a mystery BluRay or DVD.

    Includes:
    • BUFF 5-film Punchcard
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 2XL)
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 11"x17" Poster
    • Mystery BluRay or DVD
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    Film BUFF

    For serious film BUFFs: Pledge $130 and receive ONE all-access BUFF 2017 festival pass (valued at $250), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a social media shout-out of thanks, and goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride.

    Includes:
    • BUFF 2017 All-Access Festival Pass
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
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    Super Film BUFF

    For super serious film BUFFs: Pledge $155 and receive ONE all-access BUFF 2017 festival pass (valued at $250), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, a social media shout-out of thanks, a BUFF T-Shirt, and fabulous goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride.

    Includes:
    • BUFF 2017 All-Access Festival Pass
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 2XL)
    • Mystery BluRay or DVD
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 11"x17" Poster
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    Super Film BUFF Party of 2

    For serious film buffs bringing a pal: Pledge $275 and receive TWO all-access festival passes ($500 value), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, BUFF T-Shirts for you and your pal, a social media shout-out of thanks, and fabulous goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride.

    Includes:
    • BUFF 2017 All-Access Festival Pass
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 2XL)
    • Mystery BluRay or DVD
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 11"x17" Poster
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    Super Film BUFF Bonanza

    For serious film buffs who roll deep: Pledge $500 and receive FOUR all-access festival passes ($1000 value), a thank you on BUFF's Special Thanks page on our website, a digital postcard expressing our sincerest gratitude, BUFF T-Shirts for you and your crew, a social media shout-out of thanks, and fabulous goodies created by our amazing design team especially for this campaign for you to show off your BUFF pride.

    Includes:
    • BUFF 2017 All-Access Festival Pass
    • BUFF T-Shirt (unisex XS - 2XL)
    • Mystery BluRay or DVD
    • Super Limited Edition BUFF Enamel Pin
    • BUFF 1.5" Button
    • BUFF Vinyl Sticker
    • BUFF 11"x17" Poster
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    Festival Czar/Czarina

    You are the ultimate patron saint of cinema. Where to even begin? MC our after hours party and have creative input on the night's entertainment. Have a private dinner with one of our guests of honor (your choice) and BUFF staff during #BUFF19.

    Get a 10-pack of mystery DVDs/BluRays, an invitation to the filmmaker reception where we will carry you on a chair and fete you like the cinema hero/heroine you are, a festival swag bag, an extremely rare limited edition BUFF hoodie, 6 all-access 2017 festival passes ($1500 value) for you and your posse, a thank you on the website, a thank you shoutout on social media, and six BUFF T-shirts.

    Oh, and your glowing visage, deified (or not) in any manner of your choosing, on the Brattle screen, getting thanked before every #BUFF19 screening.

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Funding period

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