21st Annual

Boston Underground Film Festival

March 27, 2019 to March 31, 2019

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Boston MA 02109
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Feature films include films of any genre that run at or over 60 minutes in length.
Any film of any genre that runs 20 minutes or under in length must be submitted in the Short category.
Medium Length
Any film of any genre that runs over 20 minutes but under 60 minutes must be submitted in the Medium Length category.


The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style and content, BUFF seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences.


The Boston Underground Film Festival began in 1999 as an all-night program of short films at the Revolving Museum in Boston. Although the Revolving Museum has moved out of the city, BUFF continued on as an ever-changing, ever-evolving event that has kept Boston to pace with the cutting edge of independent cinema. Since the first BUFF, our venues have been scattered among some non-traditional venues as well as the best cinemas in town such as the Arlington Regent, the historic Somerville Theatre, the now defunct Allston Underground Cinema and the legendary Brattle Theatre.

The most significant BUFF tradition began during our 2000 festival, where Bacchus, the demonic bunny trophy became our official award and has since become an icon of the festival.

BUFF is proud to have been the first venue in the Boston area to have screened such brilliant films as Ben Coccio's ZERO DAY, Gaspar Noe's I STAND ALONE, Noam Gonick's STRYKER, and in 2005 presented the 30th anniversary (and maybe the last) screening of Curt McDowell's underground classic THUNDERCRACK! In 2010, BUFF hosted the only (to date) Boston area screening of Sion Sono's brilliant opus LOVE EXPOSURE. In 2011, BUFF brought the local premieres of Jason Eisener's HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN and Lucky McKee's THE WOMAN to Boston. In 2012, BUFF hosted the New England Premiere of JOHN DIES AT THE END, with Don Coscarelli in attendance.

Since 2012, BUFF's primary screening venue has been the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. The Festival also occasionally screens at the Harvard Film Archive. In addition to film screenings, BUFF hosts receptions and parties all over Harvard Square.

Notable guests of BUFF include:
Bill Plympton (2003)
George A. Romero (2004)
Douglas Buck (2005)
Lloyd Kaufman (2006)
Angela Bettis (2007)
Lucky McKee (2007 & 2011)
Tony Krantz (2008)
Frank Henenlotter (2009 & 2016)
Zach Clark (2009, 2013 & 2016)
Mink Stole (2010)
George Kuchar (2010)
Jason Eisener (2011)
Don Coscarelli (2012)
John Fasano (2012)
Richard Bates, Jr. (2012 & 2016)
Mike Mendez (2013)
Jeremy Sauliner (2014)
Adam Brooks (2015)
Gabe Bartalos (2017)
Steven Kostanski (2017)
Suzanne Ciani (2017)
David Axe (2018)
Jenn Wexler (2018)
Issa López (2018)


BUFF Staff; Kevin Monahan (Artistic Director); Nicole McConvery (Director of Programming); Nicole McConvery (Director of Programming)


The Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) announces its 21st annual competition, celebrating bizarre, insane film/video artists. The festival will be held in late March 2019 and will include the best in provocative and experimental features, shorts, animation, and documentaries.

The festival seeks the alternative, the confrontational, the horrific and the controversial. The Boston Underground Film Festival seeks films that celebrate the alternative vision and sound, offering a platform that encourages new ideas work and ideas, and pushes the envelope in style and content.

BUFF 2019 will be held in late March at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA.


Films 60 minutes and above are considered feature length. Films under 60 minutes but above 20 minutes are considered medium length. Films under 20 minutes are considered short length.

Short, medium length, and feature length submissions must be online screeners; no physical copies accepted. All submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled or dubbed in English. If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, submitted items cannot be returned.

Accepted Feature films must be available on DCP or 35mm. All accepted short and medium length films must be on DCP. All DCPs must be authored by a professional post-house. "Homebrewed" DCPs will not be accepted under any circumstances. If a filmmaker cannot produce proof of professional DCP authorship, the filmmaker agrees to either allow BudgetDCP, BUFF's DCP partner, to author a DCP at a discounted rate or to get a DCP authored by a professional post-house (and provide proof thereof). BUFF will not accept digital files as exhibition copies for ANY films accepted into the festival.

Selected films are scheduled at the discretion of BUFF. BUFF retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. BUFF will notify all filmmakers of acceptance/rejection status via email by no later than March 1, 2019.

Boston Underground Film Festival (henceforth referred to as BUFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BUFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.