In Press Release
Image from The Pool of Nobodies, directed by José Luis Solís Olivares, premiering Friday, September 8 at Charlotte Street

Kansas City, MO, August 14, 2023: The wait is finally over, and the curtain is about to rise on a cinematic extravaganza like no other. The Kansas City Underground Film Festival (KCUFF) is proud to present the official program for its highly anticipated 2023 edition. With a lineup that spans the breadth of creativity and storytelling, this year’s festival promises an unparalleled cinematic journey that transcends borders and genres.

From September 7th to 16th, film enthusiasts, creators, and visionaries from around the world will converge upon Charlotte Street at 3333 Wyoming Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, for an extraordinary celebration of the art of filmmaking. KCUFF’s mission of spotlighting exceptional films that often operate outside the mainstream is exemplified by the selection of 70 outstanding movies hailing from 17 different countries.

The heart and soul of KCUFF lies in its dedication to showcasing diverse voices and narratives that might otherwise go unnoticed. This year’s program features films of varying lengths and genres, ensuring that there is something to captivate every movie lover’s imagination. From thought-provoking documentaries to mesmerizing narratives, and experimental works to heartwarming animations, the KCUFF 2023 lineup is a testament to the boundless possibilities of cinematic storytelling.

One of the hallmarks of KCUFF is its commitment to accessibility. All screenings throughout the festival are free of charge, ensuring that the magic of cinema is within reach for everyone. However, in order to manage capacity and create the best experience for attendees, the festival kindly requests that tickets be reserved in advance. Tickets can be secured easily by visiting the KCUFF scheduling and ticketing website at

“We are incredibly excited to present this year’s program, which is a testament to the incredible talent and creativity of filmmakers from around the globe,” said Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, co-founder of KCUFF. “Our festival has always been about celebrating the unconventional, the daring, and the under-appreciated in cinema. We invite everyone to join us for an unforgettable cinematic journey that will inspire, challenge, and entertain.”

The 2023 KCUFF promises to be a celebration of cinema that transcends boundaries and brings together film lovers, creators, and storytellers. With a program that reflects the rich tapestry of human experience, this year’s festival is poised to ignite discussions, evoke emotions, and leave an indelible mark on the Kansas City film community.

For more information about the festival and to reserve your tickets, please visit the official KCUFF website at Stay connected with us on social media, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses.


The Kansas City Underground Film Festival (KCUFF) is a dynamic organization that celebrates innovative and boundary-pushing cinema from around the world. Founded on the principles of diversity, creativity, and artistic expression, KCUFF showcases exceptional films that challenge norms and amplify unique voices in filmmaking.


Charlotte Street centers Kansas City’s most forward-thinking visual artists, writers, and performers acting as the primary incubator, provocateur, and connector for the region’s contemporary arts community, and its leading advocate on the national stage.

Since 1997, Charlotte Street has distributed over $2 million in awards and grants to artists and their innovative projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community.

View press release as PDF HERE.


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