Robots and Satan and Wax Trax: Oh my! BUFF’s 21st anniversary proved to be one of our best years yet, with our sold-out opening night screening of Penny Lane’s critically-acclaimed documentary, HAIL SATAN!, leading into a brass band procession across Harvard Square to the opening night soiree, setting the tone for a celebration of diverse and provocative films and independent voices from around the world.

Between screening over 90 short films, music videos, and feature films, and five nights of jubilant, thematically relevant festivities, we’re proud of another successful year of pushing Boston forward as a cultural center for film and keeping things a little weird in a city desperately in need of weirdness.

A film festival is more than just an opportunity to see new films or commune with fellow cinephiles; it’s a community, a sanctuary, an inimitable experiential monument to the myriad powers of visual storytelling enjoyed in a communal setting. Film is meant to be enjoyed on a massive screen with an audience and passionately discussed afterwards. As independent cinemas and spaces have vanished over the last decade in favor of the conveniences and comforts of home entertainment (and instant gratification), it’s important now, more than ever, to show up and support our institutions of art and culture, our rising generation of filmmakers, and our local communities.

Enormous thanks goes to our partners at the Brattle Theatre and Harvard Film Archive for hosting our annual audio-visual bacchanalia and to our 130 Kickstarter backers who stepped up and bought passes & tickets and fully funded us before a single title was announced. Infinite gratitude to our event hosts at: Pink Noise Studios, The Lilypad, Tasty Burger, Alden & Harlow, Brass Union, and Shay’s Pub & Wine Bar. Awe, love, and endless thanks to: Brother Cleve, Pentagram Home Video, Argo Arkestra, the Weatherman at WEATHER IS HAPPENING, The Satanic Temple, the amazing team at Boston Sci-Fi Fest, the incomparably cool organizers of the Weird Local Film Festival, the saviors of cinema etiquette – Triple Yeah Productions, our friends at IFFBoston, the artisans of Skinwalker Studios, the invaluable work of BudgetDCP, the photographic wizardry of Andrea Wolanin and BUFF’s incredible team of volunteers.

While BUFF 2019 is now behind us, we’re already excitedly at work on our 22nd edition (and perhaps a few surprises in the interim). In the meantime, indulge in a little nostalgia for our 21st edition via the links below. Viva la underground!

With Thanks to Our Kickstarter Backers

🙏 Our two-time Festival Czar, Fiona Crimmins! 🙏

Super Film BUFFs

Shaun Tirrell, Tony Demauro, Frend Mathews, Seth Chatfield, MKQuinones, Jason Seaver, Dave Costa, Caitlin Quinn, David Kramer, Hanna Yang, Georgia Young, Craig Gardner, Matt Bachmann, Victoria Q. Rhoden, Connor Greene, Lisa McKay

Film BUFFs

Jeremy Stamas, Matt Tirrell, The Rasmussen Brothers, Stephen Romeo, David Finn, Diana Porter, Noelle Romeo, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Eric Tribou

Fast Five Supporters

Chelsea Tetreault, James Pulaski, Matt Holloway, Eric Lobenfeld, Skip Shea, Luke Private, Vicki Yuen, Andrew Frassa, Patrick Rielly, Jason Tabor, Paul Calo, Thomas Chandonnet, Stephanie Stetson, Alyssa Nolan, Michael Rasmussen, James Higgins, Renee Walsh, Sheng Xiao, Lauren Burney, Kaan Erbay, Aleksandrina Goeva, Yuval Sivan, Peter Zawadzkas, George Killgoar III

Swag Club Supporters

Jayk Gallagher, Edward Quinn, Andrea Wolanin, JB Sapienza, Anthony Landry, Seth Needle, Logan Taylor, Rebecca Lee, Natalia Schiller, Ashley Gerst, Bob White, Antoine Waked, Energeia Films, Michele Galgana, Orson Oblowitz, Neal Jones, Juliet Schneider, Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, Jim McDonough, Ben Peirce, Joshua Graff, Deirdre Crimmins, Rachel Hock

Double Vision Supporters

Daniel Cadarette, Jason Walsh, Dalya, Miriam Olken, Joseph Donovan, Buddy G, Andrew Smith, Tristan Husby, Liz Francis, Rick Petrino, Kevin J. James, Chuck Chuck, Mary Baldwin, Sean Graham, CDK!, Kay Coughlin, Ashvin Bashyam, Brian Lonano, Melissa Zimdars, Patrick Mion, Kyle Shady Bagel, Brian R. Boisvert, Stacy JJ Buchanan, Erin Thomas, John Walsh, Erik Clark