Sydney Underground Film Festival

The Sydney Underground Film Festival provides filmmakers (especially those who work outside mainstream infrastructures) with a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion

Sydney (Aug 28-30, 2020 + Sep 10-13, 2020)

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Alice

Alice

Alice, abruptly discovering that her life savings were depleted by her husband’s use of escort ...
Tone-Deaf

Tone-Deaf

Millennials! Baby boomers! Cinema’s just only catching up on this trove of terror and the ...
Greener Grass

Greener Grass

An appropriately bizarre addition to this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival, Greener Grass wants you ...
The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

They’re men! Men in belts, tight belts! They roam around the dojo looking for fights! ...
Dreamland

Dreamland

Defying straightforward explanation, the first of three imminent flicks titled Dreamland will surely be the ...
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If you missed Shaun Katz's UNDERGROUND INC: THE RISE & FALL OF ALTERNATIVE ROCK at SUFF last year, you can catch it as a part of Revelation Film Festival's COUCHED program! Find all the deets here: https://bit.ly/couched-undergroundinc Screening online from July 9-July 19
Support SUFF online in 2020 and our return in 2021! - https://mailchi.mp/suff.com.au/support-suff2020-online
Dear Sydney Underground Film Festival supporters, When the pandemic first broke, September seemed like such a long time away and we were hopeful that our festival would still be possible. We imagined our film festival to be one of the first to emerge after the shitshow that 2020 has been serving up. While we are extremely happy that restrictions are beginning to ease, we have been forced to face the realisation that too much uncertainty, plus numerous other factors, has affected our ability to hold our usual festival this year. Like many arts organisations and small businesses, we have been significantly impacted by "the situation". Drastically reduced partnership income and relying on ticket sales to fund the majority of our much-loved festival has sadly also put the Sydney Underground Film Festival in the firing line. After lengthy discussions with stakeholders, staff and the venue (that has also had to temporarily close), we have been left with no choice but to officially postpone our official 14th festival. We are devastated that we won’t be able to gather together this year like we usually do. While we can't offer you the same festival right now, our passionate SUFF team are working hard to put together opportunities for our creative community to participate and engage in. Here are some of the things that we are working on: • TAKE48 Film Challenge – online edition. Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August 2020 After the overwhelming response to the inaugural Take48 last year, we are excited to again present this filmmaking challenge of creating a 3 minute film from start to finish in only 48 hours. Since Take48 can happen quite easily online and in small groups if need be, and with this year being one of such turmoil but also of such profound solo and shared experiences, we really wanted to provide this creative outlet for our local filmmakers to allow their voices to be heard. Thanks to Inner West Council for supporting this project. The submitted films will screen as a part of SUFF's 2020 online edition. • Inhuman Screens Academic Conference – online edition. Friday 11th September 2020 Inhuman Screens is an annual conference with academics, artists, and filmmakers. This year's conference will include the keynote speakers Angela Ndalianis, Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, and Lisa E. Bloom, Scholar in Residence at UC Berkeley. • SUFF – online edition. Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th September 2020 Short film sessions from local, national and international filmmakers, grouped into our infamous sessions of LOVE/SICK, REALITY BITES, WTF!, OZPLOIT!, and LSD FACTORY! Plus we will also host a screening for the Take48 films. Further details about these events, sessions and tickets will be announced very soon! Please note, all feature submissions already received will be rolled over to the next instalment of SUFF. We thank all the filmmakers who have submitted to SUFF and we appreciate their understanding during these unprecedented times. The festival brings us together - the makers, the viewers, the organisers, the partners, the patrons, the volunteers, the like-minded souls – so we look forward to the time we can come together in person again at SUFF. In the meantime, we invite you to engage with us online as we move forward, in light of these announcements. Stay safe and stay tuned for more info and then back to the SUFF we all know and love in, hopefully, the not too distant future. Katherine Berger & Stefan Popescu Festival Directors Sydney Underground Film Festival
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**SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN** Head on over to https://suff.com.au/submit for all the details and links on entering your films into the 2020 festival. NOTE: EARLYBIRD SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 30TH MARCH!
*New Programmer Announcement!* Jack Sargeant has been a long time supporter of SUFF, and has written about, curated and appeared in underground films since the mid-90s. In 2020 he’s joining SUFF, working with Kath, Stefan and the team to select some of the most exciting underground feature films out there for what promises to be a killer program. Submissions are open, so head to https://filmfreeway.com/SydneyUndergroundFilmFestival to submit your films now!
A Night Of Horror International Film Festival 2020! The 12th annual A Night of Horror Film Festival rises up at the Dendy Newtown from May 14 to 17, 2020! Showcasing the latest and greatest genre films from Australia and the world: the festival promises an amazing line-up that will transport audiences into blood-drenched nightmares. Whatever your taste in fantastic cinema an incredible joint program has your genre appetite covered. And as the festivals' audiences have come to expect, you'll be able to meet and mingle with an array of Australian and international filmmakers at the fest's Q&A sessions and welcoming after parties. So gear up, strap yourself in, grab your armrests as the countdown to ANOH has begun! What the press says about A Night of Horror: • Oz HorrorScope: "Sydney's first true horror film festival ... a fantastic event." • FilmInk magazine: "Fans of all things dark and nasty are in for a real treat." Please like the festival's new Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/anightofhorror ANOH welcomes all horror fans and filmmakers to join this group. Feel free to use the discussion board to chat about horror films in general and about this year's festival. **HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM** Submissions are still open for the 2020 Festival. EXTENDED FINAL Deadline: Feb 14, 2020 For more details visit the festival's official site: www.anightofhorror.com
#SUFF2020 We are on the prowl for a 2020 SUFF key artist! If you have any suggestions, please send us a message. PS The 2020 artist will be following in the footsteps of legends Ben Brown, webuyyourkids, Reg Mombassa, Ralph Steadman etc!
Submissions are open for 2020! Plus news and giveaway - https://mailchi.mp/suff.com.au/novembernews
Japanese Film Festival - Australia returns to Sydney from 14-24 November with a lineup of 30 films to satiate the most discerning cinephiles. Director Koji Fukada’s latest work is among a superb selection of international film festival favourites including everything from stylish anime to indie gems. Experience the multifaceted landscape of Japanese cinema at the Japanese Film Festival 2019. Sydney tickets are on sale now, with a special 5 film pass available for only $75. Don’t miss out! www.japanesefilmfestival.net
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