From: Bryan Wendorf (email suppressed)
Date: Mon May 26 2008 - 18:55:07 PDT
In the Spotlight, Withoutabox
**Chicago, Illinois - USA
October 29 to November 2, 2008
In the Spotlight this week is the 15th Annual *CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM
FESTIVAL* (CUFF), one of Chicago's leading film events, and a
must-attend festival for cutting-edge filmmakers with defiantly
CUFF stands out on the festival circuit for having a unique programming
niche, and garnering a following among hipsters, media, and industry
alike. Each year, CUFF presents an accessible, savvy program of pics
exploring the many definitions and interpretations of the "underground"
concept. Selected films often ignore limitations of genre, and are made
with passion and drive; alternative music films, political agitprop,
formal experimentation, and high camp are not uncommon elements of the
Past CUFF films, producers, and filmmakers have received honors and
offers as a direct result of exposure gained and connections made at the
Festival. Programming highlights from years past include premieres of
NICE BOMBS, DANIELSON: A FAMILY MOVIE, Oscar-nominated documentary THE
WEATHER UNDERGROUND, MONKS - THE TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK, and BLOOD CAR.
Additionally, numerous CUFF films have gone on to receive theatrical
June 16, 2008 - Regular Deadline
*MISSION AND OBJECTIVE*
The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly
independent filmmaker, and to promote films and videos that dissent from
*MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL*
CUFF is a great time for attendees, filmmakers, and industry. Daily
screenings are followed by a great night of parties, events and
concerts. In Roger Ebert's words, "What you get for your money is not
just admission to the films but admission to a subculture."
Now in partnership with IFP/Chicago, CUFF will take place in tandem with
the Midwest Filmmakers Summit, a gathering of the region's filmmaking
community. The Summit will present networking opportunities,
discussions, workshops and case studies of Festival films featuring
various festival filmamkers and industry insiders.
CUFF organizers advise filmmakers that "if you suspect your film is
'underground,' it probably is." Submit to Chicago Underground Film
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.