Boston Underground Film Festival ()


29 May 2018
Call for entries

25 Jun 2018
Early deadline

25 Sep 2018
Standard deadline

25 Nov 2018
Late deadline

06 Jan 2019
Festival closed

01 Mar 2019
Notification date

27 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019


6 Liberty Square #287,  02019, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Festival description
Short Films >1' 20'<
Feature Films >60' 135'<

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
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Festival start: 27 March 2019      Festival end: 31 March 2019

The festival seeks films that celebrate alternative visions and sounds, offering a platform that connects filmmakers with one another and our loyal audience, and encourages new ideas in celebration of work that pushes the envelope in style and content.

We are looking for exceptional independent features and shorts in the categories of: Dark comedy, genre, dark sci-fi, cerebral and/or psychedelic horror, unusual documentary, music video, animation, or films that defy description (preferably with a WTF) from all over the world.

Since 2012, BUFF's primary screening venue has been the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA. In addition to film screenings, BUFF hosts receptions and parties all over Harvard Square for attending filmmakers, industry guests, audience members, and media.

We pride ourselves on the caliber of the content we exhibit, the hospitality of our fantastic volunteer staff, and the passionate community we've fostered here in New England; we hope you'll check us out!

Audience Awards: Best of Fest Short, Best of Fest Feature
Best First Feature
Director’s Choice (BUFF organizers): Best Short, Best Feature

Occasionally awards for Lifetime Achievement and Best New England Film are selected as well.

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.



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