Sydney Underground Film Festival

SUFF // Sydney Underground Film Festival

14th edition

Sep 10 - Sep 13, 2021
Summer Hill, 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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Class Founded: 2007
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Feb 13, 2020

Early bird deadline: Mar 30, 2020
Regular deadline: May 04, 2020
Late deadline: Jun 29, 2020

Notification date: Aug 01, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 22.88 to 50.33 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 4.68 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 3,000.00 USD
General rules When submitting to SUFF you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

• Secure online screener is the preferred method of submission.

• 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 27, 2020.

• Films do not have to be in subtitled or dubbed if not essential to the comprehension of film.

• If selected, your exhibition copy is required by Aug 16, 2020. (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 2020 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 2020 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 agreeing to have a 30-second excerpt of your film used for festival promotional purposes only (including web, cinema, TV, DVD) - unless you advise otherwise. Thank you.

The production’s Producer grants the SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL the rights to: a) Exhibit the film in the festival and any agreed upon festival related screenings; b) Use any stills from the film for any promotional purposes related to the festival.

Productions selected for the festival will be notified by 1st August 2020.

Screening copies (Quicktime or DVCam) are to be received by the festival no later than August 16, 2020.

I have read, understand, and agree to all the SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL regulations and requirements and agree to be bound by them.

I confirm that all necessary consents have been obtained and granted for the screening of my film publicly and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.

I agree to indemnify SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL against any cost, claim, damage, proceedings, or expenses of any nature whatsoever arising out of any such use by Sydney Underground Film Festival.