Sydney Underground Film Festival

SUFF // Sydney Underground Film Festival

12th 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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Class Founded: 2007
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
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

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Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD

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.

All physical mail for the festival to be mailed to:
Sydney Underground Film Festival
PO BOX 202
SUMMER HILL NSW 2130 Australia

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