CUFF 24 Is A Wrap


The 24th annual festival is a wrap, and we are grateful for everyone who supported the 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival and helped to make this year an incredible success. So, thank you to our filmmakers, festival attendees, sponsors, venues, volunteers and staff. Without you, none of this is possible.

“This year, CUFF had a 20% increase in attendance, so we are extremely happy with the turnout and the growing popularity of the festival,” said CUFF artistic director and programmer, Bryan Wendorf.

CUFF screened 102 eclectic films, representing 24 countries during the five day celebration and featured 5 nightly afterparties with entertainment ranging from punk and glam rock bands to spoken word and live film projection performances. This year's festival provided travel for 23 artists and featured 12 world premieres, 8 U.S. premieres and 5 prints on 16mm.

The CUFF 24 awards were designed by Theresa Vishnivetskaya who created homemade pop-up books modeled after films like The Color Wheel, Heaven’s Gate and Candyman.

The Audience Award went to Manlife:The Last of the Lawsonians by Ryan Sarnowski. The Made In Chicago Award went to How to have your / own television show / (you already do) by Jesse Malmed. This year's Jury featured David Dinnell, Sky Hopinka and Marianna Milhorat, who selected six CUFF Jury Awards: INAATE/SE [it shines a certain way, to a certain place/ it flies. falls./] by Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil; As Without So Within by Manuela de Laborde, The Pink Egg by Jim Trainor, Indefinite Pitch by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Steven Go Get Me a Switch by Jared Buckhiester and See A Dog, Hear A Dog by Jesse McLean.

Three CUFF Honorable Mentions went to Ark by Lynne Siefert, Sea With No Name by Emi Linnakoski and Luna E Santur by Joshua Gen Solondz.

We are now setting our sights on the 25th annual celebration of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and will be hosting special events leading up to the five-day festival that will look back at 25 years of underground filmmaking. Keep the CUFF momentum going:

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