GUFF is the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which way you're going.
GUFF assists fans from Europe and Australasia to form closer links, by providing funds for well-known fans from one part of the world to attend a major science fiction convention in the other.
The GUFF winners are selected by popular vote amongst fans, after a nomination process. Winners are required to attend a specified convention in the host country, and become administrators until the next winner from their area takes over.
Although GUFF is often thought of as being for residents of Australia and the UK, people from other European countries and New Zealand are eligible to nominate and be candidates.
GUFF winners are expected (but not required) to travel as widely as they can in the host area, meeting as many fans as possible, but purely personal sight-seeing costs are not covered by the Fund.
Winners are also expected to report on their trip in fanzines and by producing a trip report in some form.
GUFF, like the other fan funds, is supported by donations from fans. We have provided several ways for you to donate. Please support GUFF generously.
Jean and Eric's GUFF 2001 trip report
The first draft of our trip report is available here as web pages; see links to right (or below, if your browser doesn't support CSS positioning properly). The final version of our trip report appeared in mid February 2002, as a printed 54 page fanzine with a colour cover. You can download a PDF version (4.7MB). Printed copies are no longer available from us, but others may still have copies for sale. See the Trip Report page.
For more information about GUFF, see these pages:
- Irwin Hirsh's Australian Fan Funds site
- Irwin, the 1987 GUFF winner, has an extensive site on Australian fan funds in general, with links to most of the trip reports, plus fan fund trivia, at http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/hirsh/fanfunds.html.
- Dave Langford's GUFF Winners & Publications page
- Another good list of winners, voting details, and trip reports. http://taff.org.uk/guffhist.html.