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22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival


  • The Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

CLICK HERE to buy Early Bird Passes

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world.

“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

Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but Instead to focus on the artistc, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

Earlier Event: May 4
CUFF Award Winning Shorts + Q & A
Later Event: May 26
Chicago Creatives Cocktail Party