It oftentimes takes as long as a decade for film festivals to become established with audiences and moviemakers alike, but in just six years, the Chicago Underground Film Festival transformed itself from a hole-in-the-wall operation focusing almost exclusively on local product to the largest underground film fest in the country, with films and tapes being submitted from around the globe. The reasons, of course, are savvy programming and solid marketing.
John Petrakis, The 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
I like to think the work Chris Gore and I did at Film Threat helped inspire the lunatics behind CUFF but now theyÂ¹re the ones inspiring me not just a great undergroundfestival but a great film festival PERIOD. Dave Williams, Former Editor Film Threat Video Guide
I like the word underground as in the Chicago Underground Film Festival. The word independent carries a stigma of whininess. Underground means a good time.
“ John Waters, receiving the Director Tribute award at the 1997 Deauville Film Festival