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, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, 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 screening 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.

Awards & Prizes

SCUFFY Awards will be given out in many categories. Our new 2018 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.

All Official Selections and script finalists will get free subscriptions to iPitch.tv for 3 months and the all winners will get a free 1-year subscription!

Trophies and awards will be given for:

Jury Award
Best Feature film
Best Short film
Best Documentary
Best Actor (short and feature)
Best Actress (short and feature)
Best Director (short and feature)
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
SCUFF Filmmaker of the Year Award
1st Runner up Un-produced Screenplay (feature)
1st Runner up Un-produced Screenplay (short)
Honorable Mention awards

Filmmakers who have a film chosen as an official selection will be given 1 free VIP pass to the fest!

Rules & Terms

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. Additional passes can be purchased if needed. Filmmakers who have film chosen as an official selection must provide exhibition copies in NTSC Blu Ray or DVD format by October 25th. If not received by then, then your film will be removed from the screening schedule.

The 2018 festival is for films produced January 2015 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.

​Once a film has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn from the competition unless the filmmaker has already submitted another film. In this event, SCUFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

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

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    Jake Teeny

    This is a great festival with timely emails and alerts for your progress within the judging process. Moreover, they have an open for eye for projects that push social boundaries -- not something you find in many other "mainstream" festivals. I'm very grateful the chance to have been able to submit to SCUF!

    December 2017
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    Scott Pardue

    The South Carolina Underground Film Festival is a great place to submit new, challenging work. The environment is low key and warm and the networking they facilitated has already led to new projects. Just a great experience!

    December 2017
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    James Carroll

    This was an amazing experience and a great festival. It was an honor to be selected and to be associated with them.

    November 2017
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    Brian Shirley

    I really enjoyed being a part of this festival. Well run, very respectful people attending and met some really cool people!!

    November 2017
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    Lisa Mikitarian

    Really enjoyed the positive festival atmosphere and networking opportunities at the SCUFF. The films were varied with many on the cutting edge of imagination, creativity, and execution. I've been to a few bigger festivals, but none as enthusiastic and supportive of the indie filmmaker as this one.

    November 2017