Welcome to the "Slamdance of the South!"

The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be three packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly 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 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 Sundance or any other festival 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 and actors. 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 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". We also give our winners our famous miners helmets too!

Official Sponsor Final Draft scriptwriting software will present software to the winners of the best unproduced screenplay categories. Unproduced 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
Audience Choice 1st runner up
Most Offensive Film Award
1st Runner up Un-produced Screenplay (feature)
1st Runner up Un-produced Screenplay (short)
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!

Venue: Olde Charleston Picture House at 4820 Jenkins Avenue, N Charleston, SC 29405

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 2020 festival is for films produced January 2017 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 Committee, 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.

Participation in SCUFF implies the authorization to use the entered film for Internet and TV promotion of this and future festivals

​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
  • george wingard

    This is a great festival run by two outstanding individuals who care about film and the filmmakers. Great small venue that makes networking easy and laid back. Perfect area to step out for food and drinks. I've had the pleasure of having my films shown over the years and hope to go back. I've been to dozens of festivals and this is one of my top favorites!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks George!

  • Thaddeus Jones

    I really enjoyed the festival and met tons of talented filmmakers. More than I thought I would. I felt welcomed and excited to be there. I would suggest selling snacks and beverages, and maybe a sponsor for groups to eat at during breaks. Overall GREAT EXPERIENCE ..

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review! We offer free popcorn to everyone but we hope attendees take advantage of all the food establishments in the Park Circle area. Hope to see you back!

  • Great Festival! So glad we found this funky gem . They have a great eye for innovative programming, and the staff was excellent to work with. Will be back in the future!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Congrats on your film. It was excellent!

  • Patrick Shaver

    I was beyond excited that my new feature got into SCUFF this year and blown away that we won Best South Carolina Film. Tommy had such great communication from the very start. I loved the variety of films on the program. They really care about the indie filmmaker. The SCUFF Team did a fantastic job keeping the atmosphere lively throughout the weekend and the venue was perfect for this festival. You're able to walk around and explore Park Circle in between screenings. See you next year.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Dan Hale

    We had a great experience at SCUFF! Excellent communication with the organizers and really excited that they had an entire block dedicated to animation.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dan! And congrats on your project “Phooled”! Hope to see you back!