Welcome to the "Slamdance of the South!"

The South Carolina Underground Film Festival is a truly inclusive film festival celebrating all genres of independent film. Taking place in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, SCUFF is seeking films from all over the globe to program for our next festival. The SCUFF will be three packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Our special guests such as filmmaker Mark Borchardt (American Movie) have come to SCUFF and shared inspiring stories with our attendees.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience while competing for awards in many categories.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, from obscure to the mainstream, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to play at other film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, action, animation, music videos, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better! If it’s not obscure...great. We like all types of films!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would other festivals laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screenings with visiting filmmakers. The festival will end on the third night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.

SCUFFY is our mascot, a miner always digging for new films and screenplays. SCUFFY Awards will be given out in many categories. Our SCUFFY awards were designed and sculpted by special effects artist Tony Rosen who is most famous for creating the Annabelle doll used in the films "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle".

Official Sponsor Final Draft scriptwriting software will present software to the winners of the best un-produced screenplay categories. Un-produced screenplay categories will also receive free listings on InkTip. Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Trophies and awards will be given for:

Jury Award
Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Documentary
Best Un-produced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Produced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best SC Film
Best SC Filmmaker
Best Foreign Film
Audience Choice Award
Honorable Mention Awards

Filmmakers who have a short film chosen as an official selection will be given 1 free VIP pass to the fest and those with a feature will get 2 VIP passes!

We are an IMDB accredited event.

All filmmakers who have films chosen as official selections will get one (1) free 3-day VIP pass to the festival, two (2) for those with a feature. Additional passes can be purchased if needed. Filmmakers who have film chosen as an official selection must provide a HD digital download for exhibition by October 25th. If not received by then, then your film will be removed from the screening schedule.

The 2023 festival is for films produced January 2020 or after.

If the film is not in English, then it must have English subtitles

​All submissions are screened and evaluated by the SCUFF Preview and Selection Jury, appointed by the festival steering committee. Judges decisions are Final.

The submission of a film to the SCUFF will be considered to be an acknowledgement of the festival rules.

​SCUFF will determine the date and time when submissions will be shown and while every effort will be made to follow screening times as printed in the festival program, SCUFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after the festival line-up is announced.

The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.

SCUFF reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the festival to be overly offensive, violent or racist.

Overall Rating
  • A wonderful festival with great communication. I hope to attend in person next year.

    November 2022
  • Thanks so much for including my short THE DARK ODYSSEY in this year’s South Carolina Underground Film Festival. Tommy and his team were a pleasure to work with and the actual projection of my film was of the highest quality I’ve seen. It was truly an honor to receive a Best Animation SCUFFY award, which is now proudly displayed on my desk. Looking forward to coming back next year with THE DARK ODYSSEY 2!

    December 2021
  • Anil Dhokai

    SCUFF is one of the best festivals I have been too! They do a wonderful job connecting filmmakers and audiences. Very inspiring to be around such talented people.

    December 2021
  • James Sidletsky

    What a wonderful experience! Great films from great film makers. Really nice venue and the hosts were so friendly!

    December 2021
  • Benjamin Dean Wilson

    We loved SCUFF! Wonderful in-person event! Great venue, great people and great films! Well worth the entry fee and hope to come back next year!

    November 2021