Call For Entries for The Sixth Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

The Festival For All The Brothers And Sisters Who’ve Had Enough Of The Man

The Sixth Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival is accepting submissions now through May 15, 1999. The Festival will take place August 13-19 at The Village Theater, 1548 North Clark Street.

Since 1994, CUFF has showcased the defiantly independent filmmaker. Earning its reputation as “The biggest and best of the subterranean screen-events” (Peter Hall, New York Independent Film Monitor), and “The most refreshingly offbeat film event in Chicago” (Adam Langer, The Film Festival Guide) to become “A cultural mainstay on its home turf” (Ray Pride, Filmmaker Magazine). We exist to promote works that dissent radically in form, technique or content from the mainstream of “Indie” filmmaking and present new and daring voices in film and video.

Films in all formats (35mm, 16mm and Super8) as well as videos are eligible. Cash prizes are awarded in six categories: Feature, Short, Experimental, Documentary, Animation and Audience Choice. Entry Fee is $30.00 per submission.

To receive entry forms contact the festival at 773.327.FILM, Email: or visit our web site

What they’re saying about the Chicago Underground Film Festival:

“Defiantly independent and deliberately scandalous”
–Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The hottest and most ambitious festival on the local scene”
–John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune

“The biggest and best of the subterranean screen-events”
–New York Independent Film Monitor

“If you care at all about the state of culture on the margins, this is probably the most important project in the country reflecting its evolution”
–Lumpen Magazine

“This festival continues to have more of an above-ground presence year after year. The festival’s focus, meanwhile remains consistent”
-Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune

“Without CUFF my movie would not be coming out in America”
–Peter Hall, Director of DELINQUENT

“I’d like to think the work Chris Gore and I did at Film Threat helped inspire the lunatics behind CUFF but now they’re the ones inspiring me…not just a great “underground” festival but a great film festival PERIOD.
–Dave Williams, former editor FILM THREAT

“The pinnacle event of the underground scene”
–FilmZone Online

“A highlight on Chicago9s film festival circuit”
–Erik Piepenberg, MSNBC-Online

“I love how CUFF can blend so many genres into one festival, from punk to gay, leather to feminist, narrative to experimental, current to classic, scatological to spoof and much, much more”
— Sarah Jacobson, Punk Planet

“I had the best time of my life at this festival. Your lives are so much better than all those people who think they’re having a good time in Hollywood”
— Penelope Spheeris, Hollywood Filmmaker

“CUFF gave me hope for the future”
–George Kuchar, Underground Filmmaker

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