April 7, 8, & 9 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 Portland Underground Film Festival was founded in 2004, and for nine years was THE place in the Pacific Northwest to find films and videos by artists with limited means and big imaginations. Clinton Street Theater was PUFF's primary home during this time, with other screenings at secondary locations; and for three days each year, we celebrated filmmakers of all genres who were bent upon realizing a personal and independent cinematic vision. After theater ownership changed hands in 2012 and the remaining founder moved to Sacramento, California in 2014, PUFF took a two-year hiatus.
With the loss of the Experimental Film Festival of Portland in 2015, few opportunities exist in Portland to see film arts that are alternatives to mainstream entertainment, and PUFF once again seeks to fill that void.
PUFF is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.