Sydney Underground Film Festival

SUFF // Sydney Underground Film Festival

11th edition

Sep 14 - Sep 17, 2018
Sydney, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description SUFF is dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films. The festival seeks to support filmmakers, especially those who operate outside the mainstream and established film industry infrastructures, by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion. The festival will only program unique, quality independent films that transgress the status quo and challenge the conservative conventions of filmmaking. full text less text

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Description For films over 30 minutes in any genre (inc. narrative, documentary, animations, experimental etc).
Dates Open call: Feb 28, 2017

Early bird deadline: Apr 21, 2017
Regular deadline: May 19, 2017
Late deadline: Jun 30, 2017

Notification date: Jul 31, 2017
Plan OFF
Plan OFF
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Full length
Plan ON
All lengths
Early bird deadline    36.01 USD    37.51 USD    39.01 USD    32.02 USD
Regular deadline    40.59 USD    42.09 USD    43.59 USD    36.60 USD
Latest deadline    54.32 USD    55.82 USD    57.32 USD    50.33 USD
Plan OFF prices include the FFL service fee; this is why a fee applies even for festivals without fees.
Plan ON prices guarantee the cheapest price among platforms. Up to 4.68 USD cheaper.
Submitting with a Film Plan on FFL is cheaper than submitting 'for free' on other platforms.
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Restrictions Premiere status is not required

Please read the following carefully:

• To receive the "REJECTION LETTER" discounted fee - you must send with your entry a rejection letter that you received from a film festival (limit one).

• Secure online screener is the preferred method of submission, however, if you wish to send a physical submission, please ensure the disc or flash drive/USB drive is in working order and labelled with your FILM TITLE and TRACKING NUMBER.
• Please make sure to indicate "For cultural purposes only, no commercial value" on the shipping / postal declaration.
• Please DO NOT send extra promo material with your entry! This is only necessary if you are selected.
• Works-in-progress are considered only if the completed film will reach the fest by May 26, 2017.
• Films do not have to be in subtitled or dubbed if not essential to comprehension of film.

• Entrants will be notified around the 31st July 2017 of selection results.
• If selected, your exhibition copy is required by Aug 11, 2017. (Exhibition requirements will be sent with acceptance letters.)

• All shipping and handling costs to and from the festival office will be covered by the entrant.

• It's the participant's responsibility to make sure the rights to their films are cleared for the festival. The festival will not be held liable for any issues or lawsuits regarding any films that are entered into the festival.
• Fees will not be reimbursed if not selected for the festival.

• The festival will take due care of all entrants / participants materials but the festival will not be responsible for any loss and / or damage to materials while they are in possession of the festival.

• If you are accepted into the 2017 festival there may be an opportunity to have your film included on a SUFF Best Of compilation DVD for sale or promotional purposes.
• If you are accepted into the 2017 festival there may be an opportunity to have your film screened at other festival related screenings throughout that year, of which you will be notified.
• By entering this festival you are agree to having a 30 second excerpt of your film used for festival promotional purposes only (including web, cinema, TV, DVD) - unless you advise otherwise. Thank you.

Any physical mail for the festival to be mailed to:
Sydney Underground Film Festival
38 Tamarisk Crescent
Cherrybrook NSW 2126 Australia

Any questions or for further info, please email:

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