Not on the Map: Horror Shorts

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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.

Not on the Map: Horror Shorts


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Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.

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Not on the Map


Director Calvin McCarthy

Is it possible that our irrational fear of the darkness isn't so irrational after all? When a young boy refuses to go to bed his mother soon finds out the terrifying reason. 

The Metal

Director Dustin Gluvna

Leonard Jo King awakes one morning to the distant sound of the one thing he can’t stand; metal music. In desperate attempts to silence the increasingly louder shredding guitars in his brain he stumbles across the cure...Blood. Lots of blood. 

Food Cart

Director Lucas Longacre

Ali is a talented chef and Food Cart owner in Portland, Oregon. After falling behind on rent, a tragic accident forces Ali to make a change in his father's recipe. He becomes an overnight sensation but finds achieving his dream of opening a restaurant means selling his soul.

Happy Birthday to Me

Director Mikel-Jon West

Rejection hurts. School administrator, Kelly Cartier, seeks out all her old "friends" for her 30th birthday party. After they all turn out to be bullies, she gets the last laugh.

Corrosive ill omens

Director Mika Wiborgh & Tommy Forsberg

A filmcollage journey through the wasteland of cinematic dreams and nightmares, the rabbit hole of celluloid, a flow of memory and mind.

Bad Resolution

Director Steven K Jackley

New Years Eve is all about Bad Resolutions most people never intend to keep. Betty however, is not like most people - And her Resolution is Evil.


Director Jose Luis Anaya

Damián, a vampire obsessed with a mysterious woman named Roxana, finds the chance to become her into the eternal, while for Roxana the grief and pain of her lost family will take her life into another path, carrying devastating consequences... mostly for Damián.


Director Jorge Malpica

A fisherman goes out to the ocean without knowing if he will be able to come back after an encounter with a mermaid and it’s enchanting call. 

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