The Chicago Underground Film Festival is the longest-running underground film festival in the world – this year marks their 29th annual event. As advocates of artistic freedom and IP rights for independent filmmakers, they are on a mission to teach artists about web3 and the benefits of NFTs for film. This year they are announcing the formation of the CUFF DAO, for which Unstoppable Domains will be minting cuff.dao in front of a live audience on July 30th!
For filmmakers (especially independent and emerging artists), IP rights in the digital realm are tricky and protecting one’s work while also sharing it via social media to grow awareness is problematic to say the least. Production companies, big media, and big tech have had an unfair advantage over IP rights for decades, and CUFF hopes to help filmmakers see how they can take the power back through web3. In this interview, Taila from CUFF shares their story and how they are thinking of brining their community to web3!
0:21 What is Cuff?
0:58 What classifies a film as underground?
2:40 What’s the value that filmmakers get by sharing their films at Cuff?
5:21 How is Cuff thinking about integrating crypto?
7:10 How does Cuff interact with the community?
8:25 How did the community react to Cuff shifting to a DAO?
10:57 What’s the mission of the DAO?
14:18 What’s the utility of the token Cuff is going to release?
15:20 Why does the way things are done in Hollywood don’t work for most filmmakers?
18:12 Could the DAO have an element of fundraising for filmmakers?
20:57 How does ownership work on this filmmaking and crypto alliance?
22:17 How will IP rights work in the DAO?
25:52 Filmmakers that are in the blockchain space
27:28 How is Cuff working with Unstoppable Domains?
30:18 What’s next for Cuff?
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