We’re looking forward to hosting you at #BUFF20! Here’s what you need to know!

Where/When is the Festival?

BUFF takes place March 21-25, 2018. We’ll be primarily located at the Brattle Theatre, in Harvard Square (which is technically Cambridge – Boston and Cambridge are like a yin and yang). It’s a fantastic non-profit arthouse cinema and it’s one of the few in North America that uses rear projection. (Excitement!)

There will also be screenings taking place at the nearby Harvard Film Archive on the weekend.

What Can I Say on Social Media at this Point?

Feel free to announce that your film has been accepted! You are welcome to announce the date of your screening and that further details are TBA. When the time comes, we’ll let you know when ticket links are up for your program so you can begin to promote those.

Feel free to indicate that you’re coming to BUFF by RSVPing to the official Facebook event; invite everyone you know too!

Whenever you talk about BUFF on social media, please use our official hashtag #BUFF20. It helps us track the conversation and also immortalizes all our 2018 festival chatter in the all-seeing cloud.

What Do I Get?

  • 2 Festival Passes (one for you and a guest): These will grant you access to all BUFF screenings and parties for the duration of the festival. Your complimentary passes will be available at the BUFF hospitality desk, located in the lobby of the Brattle Theatre, beginning Wednesday March 21st at 6pm; the hospitality desk will be open during the theater’s regular business hours through Sunday March 25th.
  • Comped Tickets: You’ll receive two comp tickets with your badges; you can give these to anyone you’d like to redeem at the Brattle box office for one screening each.
  • Official acceptance laurels: Use these! (PNG, EPS). Please don’t create your own!

Festival Events

  • Wednesday: Opening Night “Leather Bar”: Head over to Zuzu’s in Central Square for our opening night party! Wednesday March 21st starting at around 10:00pm. Performances by Timothy Fife and Pentagram Home Video!
  • Thursday Night Party: We’ll be adjourning to Lord Hobo in nearby Inman/Kendall Square at 10:00pm.
  • Friday: Laissez bronzer les cadavres After-Party: In celebration of “Let the Corpses Tan,” we’ll be partying at nearby Les Sablons in Harvard Square, courtesy of Fernet Branca. Party starts at 10:00pm.
  • Saturday Filmmaker’s Reception: We’ll host a reception on Saturday March 24th (approx. 3:00pm – 6:00pm) so you can schmooze with your fellow industry colleagues. We’ll email details day of to avoid party crashers and/or you can ask our on-site staff.
  • Saturday Karaoke Party at Tasty Burger: Who doesn’t love burgers and late night karaoke? Head over to nearby Tasty Burger in Harvard Square starting at 10:00pm. This one runs late, so feel free to come after the midnight screening!
  • Sunday: Closing Night Awards: Join us and DJ Brother Cleve for some post-festival drinks and tunes at the Lilypad in Inman Square. Awards are announced at midnight! Party kicks off around 10:30pm.

Where Should I Stay?

  • Boston is notoriously expensive. The hotels in our city aren’t interested in cutting anyone any deals, particularly festivals; if we had the budget, we’d support your travel, but unfortunately, that’s not the case (but it is the dream, someday). Luckily, you can stay pretty far from the venue and get around via public transportation or car as it’s a small, compact city. We would really love to have you at the festival and hope you can attend, so here are all our lodging recommendations according to budget:
    • Swank: The Charles Hotel is the nicest and most expensive hotel in the area; it’s also a brisk 5 minute walk away from the theater and its sleek and sexy bar, Noir, stays open the latest in all of Cambridge (until 2am). If you feel like splurging, or going halvsies/threevsies/fivesies with others and living out your champagne dreams, this would be the place to do it. They have TV’s in the bathroom mirrors. It’s crazy. Expect to pay upwards of $300 a night (plus tax).
    • Fancy: The Sheraton Commander is about a 10 minute walk from the theater. It’s also a lovely hotel, not quite luxury, but manages to be luxury priced. Expect to pay a more moderate (for Harvard Square) $180 a night (plus tax).
    • Lovely: The Kendall Hotel is in a different part of Cambridge, but it is literally the easiest, quickest commute ever. The subway station is right outside the front door and a quick 5 minute ride (about 2 stops) to Harvard Square. The hotel is cute and cozy with a B&B feel. Expect to pay around $150 a night (plus tax).
    • Quaint: A Friendly Inn is a cute B&B about a 15 minute walk away from the theater. Some of the online reviews are hit or miss, but the facilities are adequate and comfortable, plus there is free breakfast. Expect to pay around $130 a night (plus tax).
    • Bargain: There’s an adequate 2.5 star motel about a 20 minute walk from Harvard Square; it’s also on the bus line (route 86): the Days Inn Harvard/Fenway. It’s pretty basic and basically cheap; curiously, the Chinese restaurant on its first floor is one of the best in the city. Also, there’s a big supermarket right across the street, a McDonald’s, a sushi buffet place, and a Jimmy John’s. Expect to pay around $100 a night (plus tax).
    • Super-Bargain: If you’re willing to rough it a little, for about $55 a night you can crash in a multi-bed, same-sex dorm at the Hostel International Boston, located downtown in the Chinatown/theater district. If you plan accordingly, you and your pals can probably take over an entire dorm room (slumber party!). The hostel is about a 10-15 minute walk to Park Street station, which can take you directly to Harvard Square via the red line in about 15 minutes. It’s also just a 20 min Lyft ride away. There’s lots to do in downtown Boston, particularly if you’re a night owl; while things shut down around 2am in Cambridge, you can literally party all night downtown.
    • Rock’n’Roll: Try Couchsurfing.org or AirBnB and go for more adventurous accommodations. Each part of the city has its own name; the areas closest and most convenient to Harvard Square include: Lower Allston, Central Square, Porter Square, Davis Square, Kendall Square. These metro stops are also not too far off the beaten path: Charles MGH, Park Street, Downtown Crossing. Note that Boston/Cambridge is a fairly small, compact city overall with a good public transportation system. It’s not hard at all to get around here. There’s also Lyft’s-a-plenty.

Keeping Accommodation Costs Down

  • In the interest of keeping costs down and making new friends, if you are interested in room sharing with another attending filmmaker during the festival, let us know at [email protected] We’ll try to connect people to find a cost-effective solution.
  • We’ll be putting out a call to locals with extra space who might be willing and able to host attending filmmakers. If you’re interested in this, let us know.

Other Questions

  • Don’t you have a partner/sponsor hotel or somewhere with a special rate to recommend? Unfortunately, no. Boston hotels are fairly notorious for being stingy when asked to cut into their exceedingly healthy profits. Hotels have no problems booking rooms since it’s kind of a destination city for tourists, conferences, and the tech sector. The city doesn’t really help out indie events and it’s a shame because we’d love to be able to offer our guests a special rate. Maybe someday.
  • Do you need me to send in physical postcards/posters: No.
    • Can I? Please don’t. Feel free to bring some to the fest, but know that our hospitality table and the venue in which it sits are super tiny. There’s also basically no wall space for posters and flyering is actually illegal in the city of Cambridge. We’re a little more eco-forward around here; we promise we’ll be promoting all the programs (friendly) aggressively online and ask for you to channel your efforts into the digital realm.
  • I have merch I want to sell at the festival. Is that possible? Possibly. Let us know what you had in mind. We have a dedicated merch table inside the theater throughout the festival. It’s very small. We suggest small giveaways to build audience goodwill – buttons, stickers, keychains, lighters or things that fit snugly in pockets are best. Shoot a message over to: [email protected] with any questions.
  • What if I have other questions? Ask away at [email protected]!