The Obsessive Underground Festival is a Hamburg based international film festival that aims to provide a platform for independent- and underground films, produced without federal funding or support by huge production companies. We're looking for inventive and unique movies, that tell unconventional stories in unconventional ways, genre-bending, innovative and entertaining.
We love fantasy, horror, scifi, comedy and everything in between. We're open to all films, regardless of the genre, they only have to be extraordinarily individual.

The "Obsessive Underground Festival" has become a beloved institution over the past three years. This time, it's taking place in a former jazz club, the "Stellwerk", right inside a train station, for the first time. A really special and well established location (check them out:
The cutting edge program consists of shorts, feature films, live concerts, theater performances, a party and panels like our "pitching session", where filmmakers can pitch their new projects and find supporters.
Our festival has a devoted fanbase and we've gotten a lot of media attention over the last three years.

German film legend Dietrich Kuhlbrodt (who has been acting in films by Lars von Trier and Christoph Schlingensief, among many others) said, our festival had "The same atmosphere as the beginnings of the underground scene in the 70's" and he knows - He was there.

As we don't believe in competition among fellow underground artists, we do not give out any awards. Being screened at one of the edgiest film festivals in Europe is all we offer.

1. The 6th Edition of the Obsessive Underground Film Festival will be held from 02.-03.12. 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

2. Submissions are accepted only via Filmfreeway.

Please don't re-submit a project that was part of the official selection of a previous edition of the festival.

For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English or German the film must have either English or German subtitles.

3. We will select about 12-17 projects which we'll screen live in our Festival:

4-9 Shorts in the Short Sessions
8 Features

4. All films are viewed by the OUFF organizers, a team of international filmmakers working in the indie-film industry.

All decisions are final and feedback for individual films is not available.

5. For screening at the festival, the filmmakers must provide their films as a video file (.avi, .mpeg, etc) or as a BluRay.

Overall Rating
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    Debora Totton

    I was indeed very surprised by the quality of the films and overall underground feeling of the festival -- film for film sake! I confess I got a little confused about the minimalism of the festival -- no ostentation, no publicity, no exceptional film screening room, but I think this is the spirit of the festival - films for the films. At the end, in a dark room, film is just what matter, right?!!! and I was so pleased to be part of such an underground event in which celebrate movies.

    August 2017
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    Arturs Gabrans

    Really was happy to submit my film and be selected. Wish you good luck

    August 2017
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    Sarah Gampel

    Even if I couldn't attend the festival myself, it seemed like a great film festival!

    August 2017
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    Vladimir Bayandin

    Hello, colleagues! I want to share the experience! The most amazing festival in which I participated! Friendly staff! Instantly responded to my emails and courteous answered finding the opportunity to help in my question! I recommend to all my friends and you if you are in doubt! Hurry up submit your film!!!

    August 2017
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    Paolo Zaffaina

    Great organization and communication. A special festival. Thank you guys.

    July 2017