The Sydney Underground Film Festival is an annual event that screens a wonderful array of freaky, fantastic and not for the faint-of-heart films!

Beyond the line-up of films, SUFF also presents the Take48 Film Challenge and various talks and Q&As.

Open to filmmakers from Australia and around the world, the festival provides a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion.

2023 marks the festival's 17th edition.

The SUFF "Dead Oscar" hand-crafted by Sydney glass artist, Mark Wotherspoon and various other prizes thank you to our sponsors.


Please read the following carefully:

• Secure online screeners are the only method of submission.
• Works-in-progress are considered only if the completed film will be submitted to the festival by June 9th, 2023.
• Films do not have to be subtitled or dubbed if not essential to the comprehension of film.
• Entrants will be notified around the first week of August 2023 of selection results.
• If selected, your exhibition copy is normally required by Aug 18, 2023. (Exhibition requirements will be sent with acceptance letters.)
• All shipping and handling costs to and from the festival office will be covered by the entrant.
• It's the participant's responsibility to make sure the rights to their films are cleared for the festival. The festival will not be held liable for any issues or lawsuits regarding any films that are entered into the festival.
• Fees will not be reimbursed if not selected for the festival.
• The festival will take due care of all entrants / participants materials but the festival will not be responsible for any loss and / or damage to materials while they are in possession of the festival.
• The festival reserves the right to run online in 2023, if necessary or have a portion of the festival online.
• If you are accepted into the 2023 festival there may be an opportunity to have your film screened at other festival-related screenings throughout that year, of which you will be notified.
• By entering this festival, you agree to have a 1-30 second excerpt of your film used for festival promotional purposes only (including web, cinema, TV, DVD) - unless you advise otherwise. Thank you.
• Deadlines must be received on or before the advertised deadline.

Physical address available upon request.

For more info please email: hello [@]

The production's Producer grants the SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL the rights to:
a) Exhibit the film in the festival and any agreed-upon festival-related screenings;
b) Use any stills from the film for any promotional purposes related to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • It was an honor to play in the S*** Scared short film block at SUFF 2022. They were extremely communicative and helpful. I had last minute file management issues and they solved this problem immediately. Plus they program awesome stuff! Truly, a great festival for offbeat weirdness and genre madness. Wish I could've made it!

    October 2022
  • Nicolette Axiak

    Brilliant festival with an amazing and diverse curation of films. We were thrilled that our film '101 Days of Lockdown' made its World Premiere at SUFF 2022 and we look forward to connecting for future editions!
    Nicolette & Jelena

    September 2022
  • The team at SUFF consistently go above and beyond. Starting with curating a unique programme, right through to developing an experience for filmmakers and festival goers. SUFF has spent 16yrs fostering an underground filmmaking community, that I was honoured to be part of this year. Thanks for all you do behind the scenes to keeping this event going year in year out. While it wasn't Battle of Gaman premiere, it was the first time I saw it on the big screen, a feeling I won't soon forget. Thanks Kath, Steph, Nathan!

    September 2022
  • Robbie Studsor

    SUFF is an Incredible festival!

    September 2022
  • Izzy Lee

    I wasn't able to go, but as an alum, I was proud to play Sydney Underground again with Meat Friend, returning to the notorious WTF block! Everyone I interacted with via email seemed cool and I love their programming; great stuff. Hope to be able to attend one day.

    September 2022