Scumdance is a one day film festival celebrating the best of underground film. We do our best to curate those films made by the true artist… those who speak with a voice and vision outside the realm of standard faire. We specialize in horror, avant-garde, music based, and experimental films.

Best Short (as voted by festival judges) and Audience Favorite Short.
Best Feature (as voted by festival judges) and Audience Favorite Feature.

Best Score/Soundtrack
Best Acting (non-gender specific)
Best Animation/stop-motion
Best Directing
Best Cinematography

2019 Winners:
Judges Favorite Feature: Troublemaker
Judges Favorite Short: Rear View Mirror
Audience Favorite Feature: Llamageddon
Audience Favorite Short: Record St.

Please send us your most entertaining live action, stop motion, and animated shorts and features, but any submissions that are deemed to be overtly racist, sexist, homophobic, featuring animal or child abuse, or otherwise just plain outside the bounds of bad taste will be flatly rejected.
Shorts - 30 min or less
Features - 30 min or more

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful time at a chill bar with cheap drinks where we met new friends for life. A quintessential Reno experience.

    September 2019
  • Scumdance was great! Good communication and an amazing staff. Makes me want to start another film just to enter their festival again!

    August 2019
  • Stefen Harris

    Excellent communication by the organisers. It was a real blast having our film Blue Moon selected and screened at the festival.

    July 2019
  • We were not there but Travis is a good communicator. Hopefully we can join the festival next time.

    July 2019
  • Edwin Terrell

    Travis was a great host and it was a joy to see my film alongside so many other creative and talented filmmakers!

    July 2019