The Denver Underground Film Festival premiered on November 21, 22 & 23, 1997 as a showcase for independent filmmakers from Colorado and beyond.

Inspired by the Sunday film parlors organized by Colorado's own Avant Garde filmmaker and film educator Stan Brakhage, DUFF aims to preserve Colorado's legacy of experimental filmmaking by engaging audiences with classic Avant Garde cinema and new independent short and features.

The Denver Underground Film Festival premiered on November 21, 22 & 23, 1997 as a showcase for independent filmmakers from Colorado and beyond.

Inspired by the Sunday film parlors organized by Colorado's own Avant-Garde filmmaker and film educator Stan Brakhage, DUFF aims to preserve Colorado's legacy of experimental filmmaking by engaging new audiences with classic Avant-Garde cinema and new independent shorts and features.

As a registered Public Benefit Corporation in Colorado, DUFF is dedicated to promoting the spirit of social entrepreneurship by rewarding filmmakers through its box office payout program. By combining the art gallery model (40/60 split) and live music venue model (the more friends, family and crew you bring, the more you and all filmmakers make) every filmmaker receives a cash price for the performance of their film at the end of the fest.

DUFF is the only film festival in the world that pays all filmmakers. The revolution has already begun.

First, second and third places in each category, Best of Fest and Honorable Mentions.

60% of the box office of the fest is divided equally and payed out to each participating filmmaker. Please see entry guidelines for more information.

DUFF is open to filmmakers from Colorado and all over the world with films in the following categories via web download, external drives or DVD:

Only Short films will me considered for entry. No feature length films.
- up to 15 minutes running time.
- No screener files over 2 gigabytes in size.

Narrative
- Comedy
- Drama
- Science Fiction
- Horror
Animation
Documentaries
Experimental Shorts
Music Video

Festival Rules and Guidelines
Please ensure you read our Rules and Regulation prior to submitting.

Festival entry rules.

1) Submissions must include an entry fee and a completed online entry form. Entry fees are not refundable. All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

2) Please provide a download link for your film through enabling the download option on FilmFreeway or through a third party online storage option such a Vimeo or Dropbox. For better file handling during live showcase please submit files under 2 gigabytes in size.

3) Films currently available online, that have previously participated in festivals,
or have US or world distribution are allowed to participate and are eligible for competition.

4) DUFF reserves the right to use any portion or still of the film for promotional or advertisement purposes on print, video, online, for the official program or other media.

5) You are responsible for securing all permissions and releases for music, visual media and actors' performances included in your film.

6) DUFF reserves the right to reject any submission without entry fee refund that we may deem inappropriate, contains hate speech, is libelous or detrimental to an individual or group, is deemed to have plagiarized a known body of work or at DUFF's
discretion.

9) Our box office split offers 60% of the total box office of the fest divided equally among the participating filmmakers. and deliverable through Paypal.

DUFF encourages participating filmmakers to promote the festival and invite friends, family and crew as much as possible through social media and word of mouth. A higher box total increases each filmmakers part of the split

Filmmakers may submit up to two short films in one category with separate entry fees, however for screening and box split purposes multiple films submitted in one entry will be counted as one filmmaker/one entry, whether one or both are accepted. More films per submission or higher total running time per participant does not guarantee a higher percentage of the split.

As specific box office totals are not guaranteed, DUFF is not obligated to reimburse any specific amount to participating filmmakers.

Monies from the box office will be forwarded via Paypal at DUFF's discretion. Payments will not be provided in cash. Subscription to Paypal is required to receive your part of the box office split. Unclaimed amounts will be reclaimed back 30 days after delivery.

Overall Rating
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  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    I am especially honored to have my work shown at DUFF. So humbled and honored that my short FILM FOR STORM DE HIRSCH was run at DUFF in 2021. Extremely honored in 2020 to win an award at DUFF for my short film MASS FOR SHUT-INS, an abstract handpainted direct cinema 16mm short. THANKS for supporting underground experimental filmmaking and abstract avant-garde film art! DUFF is a top ranking underground film festival!

    December 2021
  • Denver has been extremely communicative and offered feedback on the screening as I was unable to attend. Both my wife and I have had films play with DUFF and I'll continue to submit and support them when I can.

    December 2021
  • martin del carpio

    Thank you for the selections on my films! Great festival to be a part of!

    December 2021
  • Samantha Simmons

    We really enjoyed the Denver Underground Film Festival. The line-up of films were great on Saturday (we especially loved the stop motion films). The reception was a nice touch. Thank you for the film awards, and the opportunity to present our film to the community. See you next year!

    December 2021
  • Delighted to be part of Denver Underground . It is wonderful how they acknowledge their film makers by giving them some dosh . I am not sure how much it will be , but that’s not the point . It’s a generous validation. Thank you

    December 2021