From July 22 to 25, 2021, Sacramento it'll be the city of film. We will have a festival for all tastes, with different themes, in different formats. There will be cinema and web series, but there will also be room for music and scripts. All this in the SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL.
From the city of Sacramento we want to welcome all participants and fans to this new edition of SACRAMENTO UNDERGROUND FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL.
Again this year, the Festival has the support and collaboration of private companies, individuals and institutions that, altruistically, have been involved in the organization to make this fifth edition a reality. We want to move all this enthusiasm and celebrate this film event in our city.

Best Narrative - Feature
Best Narrative - Short
Best Documentary - Feature
Best Documentary - Short
Best Animation - Short
Best Experimental - Feature
Best Experimental - Short
Best Web
Best Short Film Screenplay
Best Feature Film Screenplay
Best Web Series Pilot Short Story for Adaptation
Best Music Video
Audience awards

The Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Festival will take place in Sacramento from July 22 to 25, 2021

1. There are no restrictions on themes and topics.

2. All films must be spoken in English or must include English subtitles.

3. Submission Deadline
Submissions will be accepted from November 15, 2020.
The November deadline is November 27, 2020.
The December deadline is December 20, 2020.
The January deadline is January 20th, 2021
The February deadline is February 20. 2021
The March deadline is March 20. 2021
The April deadline is April 20. 2021
The May deadline is May 20. 2021
The June deadline is June 20. 2021
The July deadline is July 12. 2021

4. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

5. In the case of sending the link to download the film by e-mail, the link must remain active until September 24, 2021

6. Submission Eligibility
- There is no premiere policy for submission.

7. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy.

8. Presentation categories:
Narrative - Feature
Narrative films over 35 minutes in length.

Narrative - Short
Narrative films under 35 minutes in length.

Documentary - Feature
Non-fiction films over 35 minutes in length.

Documentary - Short
Non-fiction films under 35 minutes in length.

Animation - Short
Any type of animated film under 35 minutes.

Animation - Feature
Animation films over 35 minutes in length.

Experimental - Feature
Experimental films over 35 minutes in length.

Experimental - Short
Experimental films under 35 minutes in length.

Web
Webisode and Internet programming, either episodic or standalone.

Screenplay:
Short Film Screenplay: live-action and animated short film scripts of all genres (under 45 pages)

Feature Film Screenplay: live-action and animated short film scripts of all genres (over 45 pages)

Web Series Pilot Short Story for Adaptation: fiction that could be adapted for the screen

Music Video

9. Submission Fee
All submissions for SUFAF are to be paid by paypal. The submission fee is non-refundable.
The November deadline is November 27, 2020. Feature = $15; short, web, music video = $ 12; screenplay = $ 12
The December deadline is December 20, 2020. Feature = $15; short, web, music video = $ 12; screenplay = $ 12
The January deadline is January 20, 2021. Feature = $18; short, web, music video = $ 15; screenplay = $ 15
The February deadline is February 20. 2021. Feature = $20; short, web, music video = $ 17; screenplay = $ 17
The March deadline is March 20. 2021. Feature = $22; short, web, music video = $ 19; screenplay = $ 19
The April deadline is April 20. 2021. Feature = $24; short, web, music video = $ 20; screenplay = $ 20
The May deadline is May 20. 2021. Feature = $24; short, web, music video = $ 20; screenplay = $ 20
The June deadline is June 20. 2021. Feature = $26; short, web, music video = $ 22; screenplay = $ 22
The July deadline is July 13. 2021. Feature = $26; short, web, music video = $ 22; screenplay = $ 22

10. Art schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, may submit films to the competition with a discount. Write to festival for more information.

11. Selection of Films
SUFAF endeavors to complete all selection procedures on July 17, 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.

12. The films qualified to the contests will be evaluated by three independent, professional Jury established by the organizer.

13. SUFAF aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case.
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of SUFAF. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, SUFAF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

14. Awards:
Best Narrative - Feature
Best Narrative - Short
Best Documentary - Feature
Best Documentary - Short
Best Animation - Short
Best Experimental - Feature
Best Experimental - Short
Best Web
Best Short Film Screenplay
Best Feature Film Screenplay
Best Web Series Pilot Short Story for Adaptation
Best Music Video

Audience awards

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Paul Craufurd

    Very happy to be a part of the Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Festival. Their communication was quick and thorough. Thank you to the team.

    August 2020
  • Eduardo Basile

    Very happy to have taken part in this festival and winning a Special Jury Award for my short film. Even though this was a virtual version due to covid, still the event organizers reached out frequently and made sure everything was running smoothly and we could have a great experience. Hope next year we can be back to live events, so I can send another film and meet all the great filmmakers down at the festival.

    August 2020
  • Quentin Lestienne

    Very happy to have been part of the 5th edition and to be the award winner in the short documentary section. The works you can see here are highly inventive and looks forward research in Movies. Big thx to Nathan Russel and all festival team.

    August 2020
  • John Hoversholm

    Thank you to Nathan Russel and everybody at the festival. Great people and very good feedback. A pleasure to be a part of.

    August 2020
  • Joan Bentosela

    Very interesting programming and very good organization.
    Thank you for selecting my short film GONE!!

    August 2020