Who We Are
The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (PUFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit alternative film festival, founded in 2016 to bring new and undiscovered films to the diverse community in Philadelphia. More than just a "horror" film festival, each year PUFF includes an eclectic mix of features, short films and music videos, including sci-fi, action, documentary, bizarre, drama and more. We featured over sixty films in 2022, and plan to expand our programming in 2023. PUFF is 100% volunteer-run, founded and operated by disabled artists. We strongly support the visibility of this thriving community in Philadelphia and beyond.
We select 95% of our micro and short films from our FilmFreeway submissions. The festival has previously featured such notable films as Terrifier, The Outwaters, Tragedy Girls, All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, Antrum, and Satan's Slaves. We tout an excellent success rate for our selections, with most of our feature films receiving independent distribution.
PUFF works to connect upstart filmmakers with distribution outlets by working with local independent film distributors, and to offer a place for filmmakers to gain exposure and network with as many industry professionals as possible. Filmmakers are welcomed to participate in our digital screening library to spread awareness about their projects.
Festival Director Willy Keiper offers a long history of film festival and horror journalism experience, working with other film festivals in the past such as Another Hole in the Head, Buffalo Dreams and the Bay Area’s SiliCon.
All submitted films, screenplays and music videos will be viewed and selected by our team of jurors and core festival staff. Over the years our juries have consisted of a diverse mix of talented local artists, professional filmmakers, professors, actors and more.
PUFF's mission is to offer a unique and meaningful multimedia experience where people can enjoy our great city while experiencing the best in new cinema.
Filmmakers Love Us, and We Love Them Back
The Surrealistic Dream, Official Selection #PUFF7
Legacy Award Recipient
Thank you so much for the presentation of the Legacy Award! A true honor, and challenge to make even better films in the future. And such an honor it is. Now entering its eighth year, the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is one of the very best around - anywhere in the world. A great city, a great venue, wonderful organizers and - terrific films. It's worth the trip just to see the films, and to have one of your films among them - priceless!
For Roger, Official Selection #PUFF6
I could not have asked for a better first festival experience than the one I had with PUFF. The entire team was so supportive of our film 'For Roger' and they did a great job at marketing it to their audience. We were honored to have our sold out world premiere at this festival, and we will definitely be submitting our future work.
Since 2017, PUFF has proudly awarded our
Annual Legacy Award
to exceptional individuals
in independent film.
Check out past recipients
Where We'll Be
#PUFF8 will run from Wed. Sept 27th through Sun. Oct 1st, 2023 at the beautiful THEATRE EXILE in South Philadelphia, a short walk from the buzzing nightlife and trendy restaurants in the Passyunk East neighborhood, and easily accessible from both the Ellsworth/Federal and Tasker/Morris BSL stops.
Please remember to be respectful to our neighbors.
1340 S. 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Photo (C) Matt Profaci 2022
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