A double-dose of Gaspar Noé, Rwandan Afrofuturist sci-fi, Macedonian shapeshifting witches, and Nordic thrillers: BUFF’s 2nd 22nd anniversary was a wonderful, COVID-safe way to come back to life after a two year physical hiatus/virtual pivot to the genre festival Voltron that was NIGHTSTREAM (2020-2021).

Opening night film YOU ARE NOT ALONE kicked off a program full of introspection and examinations of the heady and horrific from all corners of the globe.

Between screening over 90 short films, music videos, and feature films, and five nights of cozy, COVID-friendly cavorting in outdoor terraces around Harvard Square, we were humbled by the return of many familiar faces.

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. The last two years have taken an incalculable toll on independent cinemas, arts organizations, and art spaces, not to mention the human loss. 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. We must rebuild.

Enormous thanks goes to our partners at the Brattle Theatre for hosting our annual audio-visual bacchanalia in the safest way possible and to those of you who bought tickets and badges and showed up for us and each other.

Infinite gratitude to our event hosts at: Whitneys, Alden & Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen and Shay’s Pub & Wine Bar. Awe, love, and endless thanks to: this year’s presenting sponsor Final Draft, the invaluable work of BudgetDCP, the incomparably cool organizers of the Weird Local Film Festival, the saviors of cinema etiquette – Triple Yeah Productions, Brother Cleve, the artisans of Skinwalker Studios, our friends at—IFFBoston, the Goethe-Institut Boston, Women in Film and Video New England, Wicked Queer, Boston Sci-fi, IFC Midnight, Utopia Films, the American Genre Film Archive, Kino Lorber, Focus Features, XYZ, Yellow Veil Films—and BUFF’s incredible volunteer staff.

While BUFF 2022 is now behind us, we’re already excitedly at work on our 23rd edition. In the meantime, indulge in a little nostalgia for our 22nd edition via the links below. Viva la underground!

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🙏 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