Portland Underground Film Festival 2020 (PUFF)

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The 2020 Portland Underground Film Festival takes place January 17, 18 & 19. 

PUFF has, at its core, a mission to pay tribute to those films and videos that challenge commonly held attitudes toward technique, content, and form. Underground films are borne out of love, not out of a desire for fame or to have an impact on popular culture, and our intent is to honor those films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language.

Over three glorious days at the historic Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR, we will screen 100 remarkable shorts and one feature-length film in 14 separate blocks. We have curated a wide-ranging program reflecting unique and new voices. These films hail from 14 different countries, and offer a wide variety of underground films in every genre--music videos, experimental, documentary, horror/sci-fi/fantasy, political commentary, and comedy, along with shorts that refuse to fit into any one box. The final block of the festival is dedicated to the Portland Film Community. Each month the Portland Film Community group meets at the Clinton to celebrate Portland films and the artists that make them, so this year at PUFF we are bringing the best of the best from 2019. Each film, no matter the length, uniquely examines, explores, and celebrates the creative process and provides glimpses into deep universal themes. We can't wait to share these films with the Portland community.

For a quick glance at what's screening and when, the full schedule provides a link to each of the blocks with general information about the films included. If you click on the name of the film, you will go to a page with detailed information about that film.

To make this art accessible to all, festival admission is “pay what you can." Please join us!!!