Coming back for it's fourth year!
Taking place at the 2024 Adelaide Fringe. We showcase short films by emerging filmmakers from across Australia. Visit Fringe venues to see each collection of short films, collections will run continuously at each venue. You may spot us in your favourite bar, a theatre lobby or among some hidden gems. Come find us, or simply discover UNDEREXPOSED.
Open to Australian filmmakers, and filmmakers facing sanctions/censorship*!
*censorship of artistic expression, I do not want your short film is it's full of hate speech or misinformation.

UNDEREXPOSED will once again be awarding a people's choice prize of a $50 gift voucher to Palace Cinemas.

Submission categories:
General Admission. Entry to this categories will put your film in the running to screen at one or more of our partnering venues around Adelaide's CBD.
Competition. Entry to this categories will put your film in the running to screen at one or more of our partnering venues AND make your film eligible for the People's Choice Prize.
Note: Only enter ONE category. If you enter the Competition category, you do not need to also enter General Admission

Films selected for screening must be HD - 1920x1080 and/or 2K and provided as a downloadable file (via WeTranfer, Vimeo or similar) no later that 7 days after official selection.
Film Submissions must be accompanied by 2 high resolution still images from the film, and information on the filmmakers.
Selected films are invited to feature in Instagram posts and 'take-overs' and are invited to be added to and online collection of Australian shorts at the filmmakers digression.

General Guidelines
UNDEREXPOSED is dedicated to shedding light on emerging filmmakers across Australia, and incorporating film arts into Australia's biggest arts festival.
Film screenings will be taking place in public spaces, therefore event organisers can not guarantee audio capabilities in all venues at all times. As such, UNDEREXPOSED is focused on visually striking works.
Films with adult themes and graphic content are welcome to event, however due to the public accessibility of some venues, films with this content will not be able to screen in all venues.

All films entered into UNDEREXPOSED must meet the following criteria:
– One or more of the leading filmmakers must be an Australian resident.
– They must be under 8 minutes long (including credits)
– All dialogue must be subtitled in English.
– They must be High Definition. (1920 x 1080p minimum)
– You must own the rights (or be in the process of negotiating the rights) to any music used in the film.
– You must own the rights (or be in the process of negotiating the rights) to any images, talent and artists featured in the film.
– Films must be original content, and the creation of the submitting filmmakers.
– If filmmakers are under the age of 18 years old, a guardian must oversee their film submission.

Overall Rating
  • Jodie Kirkbride

    Wonderful festival - great opportunity for film to be part of Adelaide Fringe and showcasing local talent.

    March 2023
  • A really valuable festival to enter - amazing communication and management by Sam, and really gets your film out there for people to see, no matter how small of a production it was. Didn't manage to make it to the screening, but imagine that would be great as well. Overall, can't recommend enough :)

    March 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! Hope to see you again new year!

  • Mark Shaba

    Super happy with our experience at UX! Highly recommend Sam who organised the festival really well - she simplified the process, kept us updated along the way & was very supportive of our films.

    March 2021
  • Jane Tionowidjaja

    It was an absolute privilege to have my short film Nessie selected among many great Australian Films to be screened in multiple locations around Adelaide!! The Festival was so well organised, it was fun to see it part of the Fringe Festival. Sam is such a great host and supporter of films, providing clear communication and warm hospitality! Thank you Sam for such a great experience! Definitely will submit future films here!

    March 2021
  • mark hellinger

    Really well-run festival, great communication and of course amazing to have our films shown at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mark! Loved having your film, it was a great addition.