We are in the final weeks of programming and will send notifications in early February.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!

May 13-17, 2015


PLEASE read our entry GUIDELINES before submitting your work.

Submit using one of our online submission partners:



Or using our ONLINE ENTRY FORM. Pay entry fee with a check or paypal (following directions on the entry form).


Early Deadline: Oct 1, 2014 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $20); Shorts $30 (Students $15)
Regular Deadline: Nov 15, 2014 – Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $20); Shorts $35 (Student $15)
Late Deadline: Dec 15, 2014 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $25); Shorts $40 (Student $20)

Please download and post this Call For Entries flyer at your school, micro-cinema, coffee shop etc.

call for entries art by David Gilleran

The 22nd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the longest-running “underground†film festival in the world. Hosted at Chicago’s legendary Logan Theatre – the theater’s recent renovation unmasked its original ornate detailing from its opening in 1915 and provided the modern enhancements necessary for today’s screenings. Shining a bright spotlight on avant-garde and cult cinema, CUFF draws enthusiastic film fans from all over the world to celebrate original filmmaking that is not afraid to take a risk.

CUFF welcomes a mix of films and videos of all lengths and genres, but the festival’s dominant focus is on works that chart new, experimental ground in form or content. Selected feature filmmakers receive travel stipends to attend the festival, as well as all-access passes to screenings, parties, and other events. Every day at CUFF is filled with unforgettable screenings, and every night is packed with invigorating parties and concerts. Previous CUFF events have featured performances from indie bands including ONO,The Ponys, Tommy Sunshine, and more.

The Chicago Sun-Times has lauded CUFF as “the city’s most eclectic [and] best curated fest,†and it’s not hard to see why. Director Usama Alshaibi took home a 2014 CUFF Jury Award after the Chicago premiere of his poignant documentary American Arab – setting the path for numerous circuit selections throughout the year. Other filmmakers who have earned early recognition at CUFF include Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), Joel Potroykus (Buzzard) and Drew Tobia (See You Next Tuesday).

CUFF showcases the defiantly independent filmmaker by promoting film and video that challenges and transcends expectations.

After more than two decades in operation, CUFF continues to be the premiere annual event for challenging, creative and artistic cinema. Programmers are dedicated to screen a wide variety of film and video work that shatters and reconstructs established notions of projected imagery and storytelling.

Join the tribe of indie filmmakers who have embraced and thrived at CUFF’s cutting edge festival

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