The Milwaukee UNDERGROUND Film Festival is a student run film festival devoted to showcasing independent, artist driven cinema. For 20 years we have been programming filmmakers that defy convention in an attempt to amplify unheard voices. Our festival celebrates the potential of cinema to imbue a community with excitement, critical discussion, and open-mindedness through the presentation of new artistic forms.

We're looking for underground, unique, independent, artist-made, subversive, weird, strange, avant-garde, experimental, non-traditional films and videos! No normie stuff! Keep it weird, people.

What we're looking for:
1. We're looking for underground, unique, independent, artist-made, subversive, weird, strange, avant-garde, experimental, non-traditional films and videos!
2. This festival focuses on short films, 20 minutes or less.
3. The form is up to you: we'll watch and show any type of moving image project: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, music video, essay, new media.

Submissions Open: December 1, 2022
Final deadline: February 1, 2023

Submission Fees:
$5 for students
$10 regular submissions

NOTE: Email us with questions and requests for waivers. Entry fee waived for filmmakers who have exhibited their work in previous editions of MUFF.

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  • Cassie Llanas

    Great people, great crowd, great vibes, and most importantly, GREAT T-SHIRTS! In all seriousness, I'm so grateful and happy that my project was screened amongst such talented experimentalists and artists. Thank you!!!

    May 2022
  • Neil Needleman

    Once again, the crew at MUFF has gone above and beyond to bring forth an awesome film festival experience. I admire their passion and dedication, especially during these trying pandemic times. Bravo!

    November 2021
  • Todo un honor haber participado en este festival.

    November 2021
  • Britany Gunderson

    Always amazing programming and so welcoming of artists and guests! Love MUFF forever <3

    November 2021
  • I had such a great experience at MUFF 2020! The festival curated such a fascinating line-up of films, and it was especially interesting to see how the various blocks fit together. I was also impressed by the festival's virtual format. Even though we didn't get to celebrate in person, I still got to connect with some really excellent filmmakers. I'm so honored that "Bright Orange" was included. Thank you so much, UW-Milwaukee!

    March 2021