What is The MUFF Society?
The MUFF Society (Monthly Underground Female Film Society) is a feminist screening series based in Toronto, (with prior pop-ups in New York City and San Francisco). We aim to champion women in film both on and off screen. We do this by programming films that have awesome female characters and/or have powerhouse female players behind the scenes: directors, writers, editors, producers etc. We are also an online community that keeps the conversations about women in film flowing and supports and promotes other film events and initiatives which are focused on women in film.
MUFFxTO is our original series. Each bimonthly screening is accompanied by raffle prizes and a fun pre-show with a pop-up shop featuring local female artisans, a women-centric playlist inspired by the film, and a photobooth with props.
miniMUFF is our short film program that pairs local, women-made films with the MUFFxTO feature and also profiles the filmmakers on the MUFF Blog.
Reel Girl Talk is our quarterly conversation series that pairs a film with an intimate and critical post-film conversation from noted community members.
HER-Story is our quarterly documentary series that screens both features and shorts, focusing on Canadian filmmakers and topical subjects.
The MUFF Blog on Medium is where you can find films that we consider "feminist," and where we highlight women filmmakers of note, as well as profile local filmmakers and support female-centric film crowdfunding campaigns.
What makes a film "feminist?" We believe that it can be more than the storyline and conversations had between characters because the women involved in making films are just as valid. We're talking about directors, editors, producers, cinematographers, writers, production designers, and the list goes on and on. Whether these talented women are working in front of the camera or behind it, we are here to commend it.
We want The MUFF Society to be a place where we can support women in the film and television industry and have a damn good time doing it too. Join us! (Oh, and if you were wondering about the name...)
Have a screening suggestion or want to get involved? Just wanna talk MUFF? Get at us. And since we're still waiting for owls who (who, who, who) deliver the mail, emails will have to do:
SIÂN - Fearless Leader, Creative Director
Siân dreamt up The MUFF Society to express her love for women, movies, and photo booths. Having worked at film festivals for over five years, she is a fierce lover of cinema and the filmmaker/audience experience. She likes to write and talk about movies and has contributed to outlets like Film School Rejects and Women & Hollywood. When she’s not talking about her MUFF (ha), she’s probably binge-watching her latest TV obsession or talking about herself in the third person.
LISA - Producer, Programmer
Lisa is an avid cinephile and uber-lovely person (Astron-6 said so!). When not deep in MUFF, she works as the Social Media Coordinator for Toronto After Dark and the Volunteer Coordinator for Blood In The Snow. She is a lover of carbs, caffeine, and Wet Hot American Summer. Her heart belongs to a tall, bald dude and her two cats, Doug and Lou.
ANDREA - Newsletter Princess, mini MUFF programmer
Andrea is an ardent feminist and supporter of women filmmakers. She has her Honors BA in Film Studies from Western University and has been working in television post production and film production for three years. An obsessive movie watcher and tumblr nerd, she can happily submerge herself in 90’s nostalgia until the cows come home.
JENNIFER - HER-Story Producer
Jennifer is a dedicated cineaste and passionate about the Canadian Film Industry. She enjoys scriptwriting, The Mindy Project, and uke-king out to her favourite songs. When she is not engrossed in a film project, she is practicing yoga or dancing like no one is watching... which happens at least twice a day!
EMILY - Reel Girl Talk Producer
Emily is a lifelong Ghost Girl™ who lives on slasher flicks, feminism and breakfast food. She started Cinefilles and is the co-founder of Spooky B Films, a production company focused on creating new horror films about girls (and women). This one time, Gillian Anderson shared a story she wrote (“How Dana Scully taught me to believe—in myself”) and she ascended to Valhalla. She returned to Earth sometime in the fall of 2016, solely to start MUFF series Reel Girl Talk (and dress up like Jillian Holtzmann for Halloween).
NICOLE - mini MUFF Programmer
Nicole is super excited to finally be a part of the MUFF family! She is a film enthusiast and works at several different film festivals each year. If you need to find Nicole at any time, she can probably be found watching some kind of soccer match or baseball game (go Blue Jays!) and talking about sports in general. She also has an unhealthy Tegan & Sara obsession.