The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival is a student run film festival devoted to showcasing independent, artist driven cinema. For fifteen 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.

Each year a special guest jury hands out multiple awards, some with cash prizes attached.

1. We're looking for unique, independent, artist-made, subversive, weird, strange, underground, avant-garde, experimental, non-traditional films and videos! If you think your film might be "underground" (i.e. not "mainstream") in form or content, it probably is!
2. In general, this festival shows short films, 30 minutes or less. You are welcome to submit longer work, just know that there is less space for longer works. If you have any questions about whether or not your longer film is appropriate, please email us!
3. Multiple-projector/ expanded cinema/ installation proposals encouraged!
4. We'll watch and show any type of moving image project: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, music video, essay, new media, etc!

Official Entry deadline: February 19
Entry Fee: $15 per entry
Students: $10
Milwaukee County Residents: $10

NOTE: Email us with questions and requests for waivers. Entry fee waived for filmmakers who have exhibited their work in previous editions of MUFF. Email us if you would like a multiple entry discount.

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  • Great programming and all by students! I really want to attend the festival in the future.

    April 2018
  • Michael Lyons

    MUFF is very supportive of a diversity of approaches to filmmaking. Communications were friendly and the quality of the overall production is high. Highly recommended!

    April 2018