Boston Underground Film Festival


Years running: 24 (since 1999)

Boston Underground Film Festival

New England's premiere festival featuring Weird World Cinema.


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

We are looking for challenging & exceptional independent features and shorts in the categories of: Dark comedy, genre, bleak sci-fi, cerebral and/or psychedelic horror, strange documentary, fantastic music video, mature animation, and/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 Cambridge and Somerville for attending filmmakers, industry guests, audience members, and media.

We pride ourselves on the caliber of the content we exhibit, the hospitality of our dedicated and 100% volunteer staff, and the passionate community we've fostered here in New England; we hope you'll check us out!


Rather than giving cash or trade value prizes for awards, BUFF doles out a trophy in the shape of a demonic black bunny (after the festival's evil rabbit mascot, Bacchus).

The annual award categories are: 

  • Audience Choice Award: Best of Fest Short, Best of Fest Feature 
  • Best First Feature 
  • Director's Choice (BUFF organizers): Best Short, Best Feature 
  • Best New England Film

Occasionally, special awards (e.g. Lifetime Achievement) 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.
  • All submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled or dubbed in English. 
  • Accepted Feature films must be available on DCP or 35mm (required for exhibition).
  • All accepted short and medium length films must be available on DCP and authored by a professional post-house.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



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Unit 287
Boston, MA 02109
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 16, 2022
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 01, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    September 30, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    December 02, 2022
  • Extended Deadline
    December 30, 2022
  • Notifications
    March 01, 2023
  • Event Dates
    22 — 26 March 2023
Categories & Fees

Films with a runtime of 20 minutes or less should be submitted in the "Short" category

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Films with a runtime of 21 to 60 minutes should be submitted in the "Medium Length" category

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Films 61 minutes or longer should be submitted in the "Feature" category

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75
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