Underwater Films Only!

The first San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition was 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 dozen years, it has grown into one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals worldwide. Our venue is state-of-the-art Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, and last year was a sellout with over 500 people each night.

Our approach includes affordable tickets, the opportunity to share your work with an appreciative audience, and a panel of independent judges who are distinguished in their fields.

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 top three films as selected by an audience vote each night will be awarded prizes. The film with the highest number of votes each night will be awarded cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The films should be submitted in 1920 by 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 should your film(s) be selected. Please keep your audio from peaking over -6 dB, as the sound system will distort audio that goes above this volume level. Should your video be shot in 4K or higher, please submit an HD (1920 by 1080) down-converted exhibition version of your video. If, for some reason you are not able to use FilmFreeway, please contact us via email (sdufexfilm@gmail.com) for alternative submission methods.

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 2018 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 2018 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 2018.
• 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.
• 10 Minutes Max. 5 to 10 minutes in length with at least 50% of the footage shot underwater. Films will only be selected for this category if they are narrated. In this category we are looking for films that tell a story – we strongly encourage submissions with more substance in this category, and these will be judged accordingly. Please note that only a maximum total 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 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 that have previously been submitted to UFEX 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

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  • 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
  • Marleia Alfaro

    Everyone there was just so nice. I was so honored to be a part of it and see all the wonderful work. The effort it took to get all the under water footage is incredible to me! It's like seeing them go on these amazing adventures and being with them to see what happened!

    October 2017