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Submit to the 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is now accepting submissions for their 2010 festival. The deadlines are approaching fast — if you’re interested in submitting, you have about one month.

The renowned underground film festival is a fantastic opportunity for underground, independent, and experimental film/video makers to screen their work in front of an audience of staunch patrons of the avant-garde. Legendary film critic, Roger Ebert, praises the festival as being a hell of a deal, stating “What you get for your money is not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture”, and another Chicago Tribune film critic, Michael Wilmington, regards the festival as being “Defiantly independent and deliberately scandalous.”

In the past, the CUFF has featured the works of Ben Russell, Deborah Stratman, and has presented retrospectives of Kenneth Anger, George Kuchar, John Waters, Larry Cohen, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. And there’s music too — The Ponys, Joan of Arc, Bobby Conn & The Glass Gypsies, Plastic Crimewave Sound, The Cheater Slicks, The Demolition Doll Rods, Califone, Frontier, Red Red Meat, The Handsome Family,The Wesley Willis Fiasco, Maureen Tucker, The Gaza Strippers and the Waco Bros have performed at past festivals. Folks, we’re talking about a party for the arty.

The 2010 CUFF will be held June 24-July 1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Visit CUFF.org for more information, submission forms, and a link to their withoutabox page.

The deadlines:

Early submissions: March 1, 2010, $30 entry fee

Final deadline for submissions: March 15, 2010, $40 entry fee

Plus, if you win an award, you get an ill trophy or medallion.

1 Comment

  • Jack says:

    CUFF: So underground, independent, and experimental that my film was rejected from the 2009 festival!

    I kid because I can. But if I don’t make it into the 2011 fest, there will be hell to pay.

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