UnderGround is a Festival for Filmmakers, by Filmmakers. The UnderGround Film Festival (formerly UnderGround Short Film Festival) celebrates five years of bringing shorts to the big screen.

Where many festivals focus purely on established talent, we pride ourselves in finding new up and coming film makers as well as those familiar to the festival circuit. The Festival circuit is often daunting even for experienced filmmakers, we aim to provide a platform to get your work out to audiences as well as giving you a welcoming basis for learning more about the filmmaking craft.

We have Categories for Drama, Documentary, Experimental, National, International, Sci-Fi/ Horror, Comedy as well as being among the ONLY festivals in the Republic of Ireland to have dedicated Polish, Spanish and Music Video sections.

This year see's the introduction of an Irish American Short category; focusing on the heritage and familial link between the United States and Ireland.

For the first time this year we are also competitive in feature film, with two new categories for both Irish and International feature films.

Check out www.undergroundshortfilmfestival.com for more details.


Entries should not exceed 20 minutes in duration excluding titles provided the titles don’t last for more than 1 extra minute.

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

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

All entrants will be notified by the end of July 2015 whether their films have been selected for screening at USFF 2015. No matter if you are selected or rejected, you shall receive notification.

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

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

​USFF 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 programme, USFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after the festival line-up is announced.

​USFF will attempt to resolve any technical matter related to submission. For more information and queries, contact info@daremediaproductions.com

Exclusively the participant shall pay all fees in relation to the transportation of submissions, from their place of origin to the address of USFF. 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, USFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

​If music or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the festival. In this event, USFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

USFF reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the festival to be overly offensive, violent or racist. Should you wish to question USFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on info@daremediaproductions.com.

Films previously entered into our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.