Underwater Films Only!

For the first time in three years we are planning to hold SDUFEX "in person" again!

Please stay tuned to SDUFEX.com for further details. The festival will also be a hybrid event with some films available on-line, so plenty of opportunities to see your film screened.

Please submit your underwater films to help make our festival a success!!

The first San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition was first organized in 2000 by a small group who had been meeting at Chuck Nicklin’s dive shop to share information on shooting and editing underwater video. In the past twenty three years, it has grown into one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals worldwide. Help us make the 23rd festival the best ever by submitting your underwater film!

To help off-set the financial impact of running a free, virtual festival for the last two years we are for the first time charging a nominal entrance fee.

Among the renowned videographers whose work has been displayed are Howard and Michele Hall, Flip Nicklin, Leandro Blanco, Terry Maas, Shawn Heinrichs, and Simon Spear.

The films should be submitted in 1920 x 1080 resolution with 20 – 30 Mbps encoding in H.264 in .mov or .mp4 format. The film(s) submitted will be the exhibition version that will be screened as uploaded to FilmFreeway if your film(s) is/are selected. Please keep your audio from peaking over -6 dB, as the sound system will distort audio that goes above this volume level.

Please provide relevant info, including the following:
1. The name of the film.
2. The name of the filmmaker(s).
3. A brief introduction of the film (100 words or less).
4. A brief introduction of the filmmaker(s) (100 words or less).
5. Photo of the filmmaker(s).
6. A Contact email for the filmmaker(s)

By submitting the above information along with your film to the 2022 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, you will be declaring that all the included information is true to the best of your knowledge and that you have all legal rights, including legal rights to the music, to submit this film for public screening at the 2022 SDUFEX film exhibition. Your submission of the film is your affirmation to the truth of this declaration, in lieu of a signature.

Additional information, deadlines, and rules are listed below:

• Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway no later than June 15th 2022.
• Maximum of two films (total) per filmmaker can be submitted.
• Films can be submitted in two categories:
• 5 Minutes Max. Up to 5 minutes in length with at least 50% of the footage be shot underwater. The majority of films selected for SDUFEX will be in this category. We encourage film makers to submit the best version of their film, even if it is well under 5 minutes. Many of our best films are only 2 or 3 minutes long – longer does not always mean better.
• 10 Minutes Max. 5 to 10 minutes in length with at least 50% of the footage shot underwater. In this category, the films MUST tell a story. We strongly encourage submissions with more substance in this category, and these will be judged accordingly. Films will only be selected for this category if they are narrated. Please note that a maximum of three films in this category (up to 10 minutes) per evening may be selected, and so film makers will stand a much greater chance of being selected if they submit in the under 5-minute category.

• Black Video Lead-In: Record or add a one (1) second black lead-in at the front of your video.
• You must have the legal right to use all visual footage, images, audio, and music contained in your film. You will be required to certify this in your entry email.
• Judges will not be permitted to submit films for consideration.
• Films should not have commercial content, for example promoting destination hotels or dive-boats. Films should also not show deliberate harassment of animals.
• Films that have previously been submitted to SDUFEX will not be considered unless significant changes have been made.
• The San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition reserves the right to use up to thirty seconds from your film(s) for the promotion of this event and future events. All rights will remain with the producers of the films.
• Based upon our experience, judges do not like watermarks that appear during the whole film. It is recommended that all credits and acknowledgements appear either at the beginning or end of your film.

Questions or Assistance: sdufexfilm@gmail.com

Overall Rating
  • Marcell Nikolausz

    It was a great film exhibition. I hope, once I can participate in person, not just on-line

    December 2021
  • As every year this year's festival (20th anniversary) was a gala of high quality films from many different film makers, with a variety of subjects and areas in the world. I had the pleasure of attending this year's edition and hope to be there again soon.

    October 2019
  • Mike Johnson

    I really enjoyed the event and look forward to next year!

    October 2017
  • Awesome group of people, only wish i could have been there in person.

    October 2017
  • Roy Davidson

    Really helpful people, great communications

    October 2017