Underground FilmFest

1st edition

Mar 27 - Dec 31, 2021
Munich, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
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, Web series episodes and Virtual Reality films encouraged, 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 Breaking borders and barriers with simultaneous showings and "mini fests" across the world in our evolving format, Underground FilmFest is a grass-roots festival for filmmakers by filmmakers. We launch in Munich, Germany and will virally expand to other cities and countries. While we explore the showing of all films submitted, the Underground Film aspect encourages the submission of thought provoking, subversive, experimental, and visual stimulation. The aim of the festival is to renew community interest in independent and alternative film in cities and cultures around the world. Genre nights support niches desired for show by filmmakers.


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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: D (local player)
Dates Open call: May 24, 2015

Early bird deadline: Jun 30, 2015
Regular deadline: Aug 15, 2015
Late deadline: Nov 01, 2015

Notification date: Jun 29, 2016

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Awards Total prize money: 75.00 USD
Other prizes: Online recognition and promotion
Festival sections
Art and Experimental
Niched series of mini events for the artist community in a collaborative film/art/theater series.
Niched event for summer/fall focused on Bollywood style films.
Horror and Suspense
Niched fall mini event focused on horror and suspense films.
Sci Fi and Fantasy
Niched summer mini event focused on science fiction and fantasy films.
General rules Please do NOT send physical DVDS to us, unless we specifically request from you. Please use this platform to submit all needed materials we need to showcase and promote your film.

Films should be submitted via we-transfer or similar platform in high definition after we select your film and upon our request within the time period requested. All films must be in English or if not in English, with English subtitles. Our initial event is showcasing short films and this will be the priority selection. Those indicated as "selected" on this Film Freeway platform means they have been selected for the annual edition. Based on the themes and time of each film, festival organizers will select the physical and/or online/mobile venues and dates throughout the year.

The entrant submitting the film online here is the owner of the film and acknowledges he/she/they/it have obtained all rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in the film and agree to pay any fees (e.g. GEMA) required and that by submitting they accept all liability for ownership of rights and clearances and UndergroundFilmFest.tv and related parties assume NO liability.

The entrant/owner gives UndergroundFilmFest.tv and related parties permission to show the film and related promotional material (photos, articles, trailers) in a public setting as well as the UndergroundFilmFest.tv website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and mobile app. Any rights not provided by the entrant/owner should be clearly specified in a letter signed by both parties. Should the owner/entrant wish to withdraw their film from any of these platforms and venues at a later date past Dec. 31, 2015, a letter should be made in writing and acknowledged by email or signed response by us confirming this.

- Every filmmakers could choose more than one category with separate submission.
- For judging/preview purposes, we accept online screener, vimeo, youtube and wetransfer of files needed.
- Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles or dubbed in English.
- Films could be from any year.

- We reserve the right that films selected may not be withdrawn from the Festival program after its registration.
- All submission fees are non-refundable. We will not return your screening and exhibition copies.
- The Festival may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
- The festival has the right to disqualify a winning film for any reasons, without having to explain the reasons to the submitter.
- Not all winning films will be screened. The festival has the right to screen and not to screen the winning films.
- The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kind of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.

You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Underground FilmFest.

Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or Festival purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the Festival.

The Festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the Festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

The duration of this agreement shall commence as of the date of submission by Owner and terminate at the close of the 2015 Festival.

Q. Where does my registration fee, or if none, the request for donation go?

Our intent is not to make profit on these events, but instead to receive donations by filmmaking entrants and the viewer community to pay our hosting and venue expenses, as well as put the money back into the festival to help ensure future editions as well as special productions showcasing the filmmakers and supporting their efforts. If any venues sponsoring our festival requires to charge for tickets, it is to recoup the expenses of the venue we are using and whatever minimum ticket sales they must achieve for their operation.

Q. How do you distinguish short films from feature films?

Short films are works under 40 minutes (this is includes credits) and feature films are works 40 minutes or longer. If you have a mid-length and a feature-length version of your film, we prefer that you send us the feature-length version.

Q. Is there an age restriction?

There is no age restriction for filmmakers, but submitters must be at least 18 years of age.

Q. Can I submit to Underground Film Fest if I’ve already submitted to other festivals and am still waiting to hear back?

Yes, submitting to other festivals does not negatively impact your submission at all! If you are submitting to other festivals, we encourage you to submit to us at the same time, rather than waiting to submit until you hear back from the other festival.

Q. If I’ve been accepted to another festival but Underground Film Fest is my preferred festival premiere, can I check to see if my film is in the running?

A. Yes, here and on our website. Although we may not be able to offer you a definitive answer depending on the timeline, we will try to give you as much information as possible to inform your decision.

Q. Can I submit a trailer instead of a Work In Process (WIP) or a completed film?

No. We will not be able to consider your film if you send in a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed film.

Q. If I submitted this year, can I submit my film in future year festivals?

You may resubmit if you have made significant changes to your film or if you strongly feel it is so good that we overlooked it and should give you another chance.