Chicago Underground Film Festival

Chicago Underground Film Festival

Type: Regular shortfilm festival
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Start Month: May


The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world. Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other

Submission Requirements:

Preview on online screener. Screening: 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Digital File Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English

Submission Deadline: February


$30-40 dependent on deadline

Awards / Prizes:

Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation, Music Video, “Made in Chicago”, Audience Choice.

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