The Auckland Underground Film Festival (AUFF) is a short film and video art festival showcasing New Zealandʼs creative talent alongside innovative video artists from around the globe.
AUFF was born when festival director Natasha Cantwell realised that energy spent lamenting Aucklandʼs lack of an experimental film festival could be put to better use by simply organising one.
Inspired by the success of neighbouring festivals such as Wellingtonʼs WUFF and Brisbaneʼs BUFF, as well as the community vibe of Melbourneʼs DIY filmmaking scene, Cantwell wanted to provide Auckland filmmakers and film lovers with the same opportunities.
AUFF aims to increase the visibility of experimental film in Auckland and create a supportive platform for the exciting and challenging work that is outside the scope of mainstream film festivals and art galleries.
The festival has opened its call for submissions and is currently seeking short films, video art and experimental cinema pieces (abstract, narrative or documentary) between 0 and 15 minutes. Both filmmakers and time-based media artists are encouraged to enter.
Thanks to support from the Waitemata Local Board and The Wallace Foundation, submissions are free for New Zealand creators. The final submission deadline is 1 August.
The Auckland Underground Film Festival will run 30 September at The Academy Cinemas.