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Boston Underground Film Festival


The Boston Underground Film Festivalis the largest underground film festival in New England, and the only film festival of its type in North America. It features cutting edge films and videos and alternative types of films that would otherwise not make it into other festivals or film and art venues.

The Boston Underground Film Festival, frequently referred to as the BUFF prides itself on featuring films celebrating the bizarre and insaneand also seeks to push the envelope in both content and style. It is also the only festival that awards a demonic, black, vibrating bunny with red flashing eyes for its winners, known as the Bacchus Award designed by Casey Riley. The Bacchus Award is also behind the festival’s black, white and red color design and scheme.

The Boston Underground Film Festival is held in late March and the beginning of April of every year for a duration of eight days. The festival began in 1998 and was founded by David Kleiler and his friend Dima Ballinafter an all-night film marathon. Since it began, the film has screened films at multiple venues such as the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain, the Allston Cinema Underground, the Arlington Regent Theatre, theSomerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Harvard Square, and the Kendall Square Cinema.Currently, the Boston Underground Film Festival takes place at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.




Boston Underground Film Festival

The Boston Underground Film Festival features screenings of dozens of films from shorts, feature films, animation, music videos, documentaries and short programs encompassing many genres such as horror, science fiction, LGBT films, cult and comedies. Since its inception, the festival has also hosted many notable guests such as Bill Plympton, George Romero,Frank Henenlotter, Tony Krantz, Lloyd Kaufman, Larry Kent, Todd Verow, Frank Henenlotter, Lucky McKee,Steve Balderson, Angela Bettis, George Kuchar,Lucky McKee, Anna Biller, and Mink Stole.

The films that are screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival also compete in different categories. Films are awarded in the Bacchus Awards for Best of Fest Short, Best of Fest Feature, Director’s Choice for Best Short, and Director’s Choice for Best Feature. The festival is also the only one to award a “most effectively offensive” prize, which is the most coveted award in the festival. All the categories also include rewards for runners-up. The awards do not consist of cash prizes as in many other festivals. Instead, winners get the Bacchus Award Trophy.

To watch the film screenings at the Boston Underground Film Festival, tickets are required. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and are available online via the Brattle Theatre. There are also festival passes which cost $75 and include admission to all screenings, priority seating and admission to all of the festival’s parties and events. Note that tickets do not guarantee seating and festival goers should arrive in advance to secure a seat before the screening rooms reach full capacity.

Boston Underground Film Festival

There are also many parties at the festival such as opening night, the Trilluminati Secrete Society party, Karaoke kaos and the closing night awards. The first two events have a $5 suggested donation and the last two have a $10 cover charge and are free to festival passholders.




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