Chicago Underground Film Festival

CUFF 2000 ANNOUNCES AWARD-WINNERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2000
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AMY BESTE amy@cuff.org

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of its seventh annual event., held August 18-24 at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Chicago. Selected by a jury of two filmmakers and two film critics, the films join such venerable past winners as Martha Colburn’s Spider’s In Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical, Jeff Krulik’s I Created Lancelot Link, The Gods of Times Square by Richard Sandler and Surrender Dorothy by Kevin DiNovas. “Each of these films represents some of the most exciting and innovative work currently being produced on the underground.” says festival co-director, Bryan Wendorf.

CUFF 2000 AWARD-WINNERS

Gold Jury Prize – Best Feature: Godass (Esther Bell)
Silver Jury Prize – Best Feature: Once and Future Queen (Todd Verow)

Gold Jury Prize – Best Short Film: Georgie Porgie (Ben Meyer)
Silver Jury Prize – Best Short Film: Endgame (Luis Camara Silva)

Gold Jury Prize – Best Documentary: 30 Frames A Second: The WTO in Seattle (Rustin Thompson)
Silver Jury Prize – Best Documentary: Pie Fight ’69 (Sam Green & Christian Bruno)

Gold Jury Prize – Best Experimental Film: The Vyrotonin Decision (Matt McCormick)
Silver Jury Prize – Best Experimental Film: Film (Knout) (Deco Dawson)

Gold Jury Prize – Best Animation: The Moschops (Jim Trainor)
Silver Jury Prize – Best Animation: The Flocculus (Jeff Warrington)

Made In Chicago Award – Migrating Forms (Jim Fotopolous)

Audience Award – Fucked In The Face (Shawn Durr)

CUFF is more than just an awards festival. Over the years the festival has become a locus point for the underground scene. Veteran filmmakers and newcomers alike cite CUFF as a spawning ground for collaborations and future projects. Director Peter Hall (Delinquent) has stated “At CUFF, I have communed with filmmakers I merely encountered at [other festivals].” The result of this kind of interchange between filmmakers makes CUFF a ground zero for the radical visions of tomorrow, provoking George Kuchar to say “CUFF gave me hope for the future.”

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