Portland Underground Film Festival 2018 (PUFF)

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May 18, 19 & 20 at the Clinton Street Theater

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

The three days of PUFF include four features—two documentary, one horror, and one animated—along with ten blocks of shorts consisting of 95 films. About half of these come from local Oregon artists, and the remaining entries include submissions from California, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

Surprisingly this year we have 33 international entries making their Portland Premiere with submissions from India, Russia, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Spain, and France. Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is well represented with 14 entries scattered throughout the festival, including one of the documentary features.

Several PUFF alumni return with new work, and student/first-time-filmmaker entries will be highlighted in all genres. All of the films were made in the true spirit of underground filmmaking – many were made with no real budget at all (one film listed expenses for lederhosen). 

We’ve curated a wide-ranging program reflecting unique and new voices films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language. We’ve got something for everyone—documentaries, music videos, horror/sci-fi, comedy, political commentary and experimental abstracts. 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.

To make this art accessible to all, festival admission is “pay what you can." If you want to guarantee a seat, you can purchase $5 ADVANCE TICKETS for any feature or block of shorts through our online ticket provider Seat Engine.