The Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival was founded by award-winning Bay Area filmmakers, actors, critics, artists and cinephiles to catch the independent films that fall through the cracks and end up... underground. With most independent films going straight to home video, TBUFF offers cast and crew the opportunity to see their movie on the big screen in digital sound at a real theater, as well as marketing, promotion and accolades to shore up distribution prospects.

Although we are “underground,” that has more to do with the “underground” nature of the filmmaking (low budget indies) than genre. We showcase dramas, comedies, action, adventure, crime, musicals, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, fantasies, mysteries, romances, animation, children’s, religious, lgbt, foreign, documentaries, experimental – basically anything, and it doesn’t have to bizarre or on the fringe, though we definitely delight in those. We do love our crazy home state with all of its rogue pythons, sequenced hurricanes and face eaters, but we have plenty of slots for films from beyond the Sunshine and from around the world, plus other worlds and worlds that don’t even exist – just as long as it’s interesting and innovative.

Submissions are currently OPEN for TBUFF 2017 through both Withoutabox and FilmFreeway with a final deadline in early October and the schedule expected to be released in late October. See Submissions Page for more details


The 2016 schedule can be found HERE and photos on our Facebook fanpage HERE

The 2016 awards can be found HERE

The 2015 schedule can be found HERE

TBUFF 2015 pictures and Buffy nominees/winners can be found HERE

TBUFF 2014 archives can be found HERE

For any additional questions, contact: info@tbuff.org