The Tahoe Underground Film Festival (TUFF) is a student-run, alternative film and media festival based in Incline Village, Nevada, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. TUFF seeks work that expands the boundaries of media. We are proudly hosted and organized by the students in the Sierra Nevada College Fine Arts Program. We’re looking for intersections between exhibition and production; between content and location; and site and performance.

We specifically welcome contemporary film, video and installation work that exploits site-specific modes of production, highlights environmental concerns, and questions media itself. We hope to highlight the best in artistic, experimental, original, humorous, political and visionary film, video and the greater spectrum of the visual arts.

TUFF will always be free for artists. Festival fees only add to the concerns of an elite system of independent production, favoring those who have resources unrelated to their practice. TUFF seeks to be democratic in its call for entries, and will be committed to raising funds to support rewarding artists for their work.

Festival Dates: November 4th & 5th, 2016

Submission Deadline: August 22, 2016

**We suggest that if you are mailing your screener that you complete the form afterwards so that you are able to include tracking information on your application.**

A separate submission form is required for each title submitted.

* Submitted preview copies will not be returned.

Send entries:

Tahoe Underground Film Festival
Sierra Nevada College
999 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451
+1 775 831 1314

Selected works: Exhibition copies must arrive through email or standard mail by October 20, 2016

• TUFF does not pay rental fees for programmed works.
• Programmed works may be excerpted for TV, website, and other promotional purposes. Photos supplied by makers may be used for promotional purposes. TUFF must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions.
• Shipment of exhibition materials to TUFF must be paid by the applicant. TUFF accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of exhibition materials during shipment to or from the festival.
• Entering a film/video indicates the acceptance of TUFF submission guidelines and regulations.
• Return shipment of exhibition materials via USPS (for video) and Fed Ex Ground (for film) will be paid for by TUFF.
• TUFF takes the utmost care of your exhibition materials. Projectionists take every precaution to maintain film prints in the condition in which we receive them; nevertheless, the Festival does not assume responsibility in the event of damage to film prints, or to any other materials we receive.
• The Tahoe Underground Film Festival takes no responsibility for the use of copyrighted or appropriated image/sound in submitted works. The filmmaker takes full responsibility that they have obtained the necessary permission or given proper credit to copyrighted images and sound.

Contact Us:
Or (Faculty Advisor, Daniel Robert Kelly)
Twitter: @TahoeUFF
Ph#(715) 252-1269

Overall Rating
  • Eiraj Afkar

    I am grateful to the festival for festival

    January 2017
  • Jeroen Cluckers

    Wasn't able to attend the festival, so I cannot review on certain aspects. Good communication, very friendly and open. Very honoured to have won the award for Best Experimental Film at TUFF. Thanks! Keep up the good work.

    November 2016
  • Pablo Latorre

    Gracias por permitirme participar en este festival! Y por el premio!!

    November 2016
  • Couldn't attend, but the event seems like a good fit for the venue and great goals for exposure of underground/alternative movies to the community and region! Proud to have my work represented. Thanks TUFF. Keep it up! Send me a program!

    November 2016
  • Semiosphera (Francesca, Lino)

    We have been hounoured to be on at the reel, keep up the great work!
    Francesca and Lino

    November 2016