Years running: 14 (since 2007)

Sydney Underground Film Festival

International Independent Film Festival.


The aim of the festival is to renew local interest in independent and alternative film as part of an international film culture.


  • The SUFF «Dead Oscar» hand-crafted by Sydney glass artist, Mark Wotherspoon.
  • The Vandal Post-Production Award (valued at $2000) 
  • Final Draft Software prizes (valued at $900)


  • 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 (if applicable). 
  • Works-in-progress are considered only if the completed film will reach the fest by May 31, 2020. 

Please submit 2 copies of your film for the selection process unless you are sending an online screener or vimeo links. We do not need physical copies of your film if you submit digitally. 

If you send physical copies, the preview copies of your film must be on DVD (PAL or NTSC) or flash / jump drives & exhibition copies (DVCam, mini DV, jump drives and .mov quicktimes on DVD) must be clearly marked with your name, film title, running time and contact phone.

OR you can submit you film via Filmfreeway, Filmfestivallife.

Screening Media Type: DVD, MOV, Pal, quicktime

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Katherine Berger (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR)





Official website



Box 202
Summer Hill
Sydney, NSW 2130


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    October 01, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 30, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    May 04, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    June 01, 2020
  • Extended Deadline
    June 29, 2020
  • Notifications
    August 05, 2020
  • Event dates
    10 — 13 September 2020
Categories & Fees

Features - any film over 30 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Students films - any length (Producer or Director must be current student and email current student ID.)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $15
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $25
  • Extended Deadline — $35

Short films - any film under 30 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $40
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