PUFF is an annual film festival highlighting international and local films not typically shown at mainstream film festivals. The brainchild of genre film aficionados Madeleine Koestner and Alex Gardner, the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival has become the underground sensation of the Philly indie film scene. Koestner and Gardner offer a combined ten years of film festival and horror journalism experience, working with Fangoria, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Another Hole in the Head, Buffalo Dreams, the Bay Area’s SiliCon, and more.
In it's third year, the festival has previously featured such notable films as Tragedy Girls, We Go On, Imitation Girl, and Karate Kill. PUFF touts an excellent success rate for their selections, with almost all feature films from the first two years of the festival receiving independent distribution. In addition to bringing top tier genre films to Philadelphia, PUFF also works with Jerks Productions to celebrate local filmmakers and artists. PUFF dedicates 1 full day each year to local programming, and features a rotating art show in its lobby each year.
PUFF also collaborates with Philly’s South Street Cinema on weekly screenings, and other local venues for their PUFF Presents series. Curated by Gardner, these screenings have built much buzz among the city’s genre crowds, who have flocked to check out such festival favorites as Hounds Of Love , Mom & Dad as well as cult classics and local programming.
PUFF's aim is to grow into a multi-media experience where people can enjoy our great city while experiencing the best in new cinema. Located in the heart of Philadelphia at the Proscenium Theater at the Drake, PUFF is adjacent to some of Philly's best restaurants and bars.