The Underexposed Film Festival yc seeks diversity in storytelling while encouraging, nurturing, and supporting the creativity and vision of independent filmmakers. Here, both experienced and emerging filmmakers are provided a forum where their work can be viewed, their voices are heard, and dialogue between the two is encouraged. The UFFyc sets itself apart by actively seeking the “undiscovered talent” waiting to be exposed.

The UFFyc showcases the best in indie filmmaking from across the world. It focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions, giving festivalgoers a glimpse into their vision and process.

In 2020, the Underexposed Film Festival yc continues its focus on high quality, independently created short films where all films submitted will be in competition. In March of 2020, filmmakers and enthusiasts will converge upon Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC to be exposed to, engaged with, and intrigued by films that leave the audience with a greater worldview.

Independent filmmakers across the world are invited to submit professionally presented films with a runtime of 35 minutes or less to participate in this juried competition. Films screened at the Underexposed Film Festival yc MUST be York County, SC festival premieres.

In addition to awarding the Grand Jury Prize, the UFFyc honors the top film in each category. The UFFyc also recognizes the best film created in the Carolinas with the Cinema Carolina Award, the best film directed by a female with the Woman to Watch Award, and the Best Student Films for students enrolled in collegiate programs. All films accepted by the UFFyc screening committee will compete for the following awards:

GRAND JURY PRIZE | $750

BEST OF CATEGORY
Narrative | $200
Animation | $200
Experimental | $200
Documentary | $200
Puppetry | $200

CINEMA CAROLINA | $200
Best independent film made in North or South Carolina, regardless of category, content, or subject. 75% of the principal photography must take place in North or South Carolina to be eligible for this award. All films in each category that meet this criteria are eligible for this award. Only one award will be given.

WOMAN TO WATCH | $200
Best Female Director Award. All female directed films in each category are eligible for this award. Only one award will be given.

BEST STUDENT FILM (Collegiate) | $100
Best Student Film (Collegiate). Student films are eligible when created by a student filmmaker enrolled in a collegiate program while in production. All student films from each category are eligible for this award. Only one award will be given per category.

TERRY ROUECHE AUDIENCE CHOICE | $100
All Official Selections are eligible for the Terry Roueche Audience Choice. At each of the blocks that feature Official Selections, the audience is invited to vote for their favorite Official Selections. Director’s Choice films are not eligible. Only one award will be given.

Submissions to the 2020 UFFyc are only accepted through FilmFreeway.
 
Only the producer, director, screenwriter, or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers with the permission of the student(s). Students must provide their advisor's contact information so that the UFFyc may verify with them their status as a student during production.

Original formats may have been shot on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and all formats of video as well as all formats digital and computer multimedia. 

Submissions must include:
• Entry Fee,
• Final Cut of the Submission,
• Synopsis of no more than 50 words,
• Summary of no more than 500 words,
• Director and producer with short bios, 
• An above the line cast and crew list,
• Release date,
• At least 1 digital, hi-res, promotional photo from the film,
• A listing of previous screenings, festivals and awards, including dates.
• Optional: Links to official website, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.

Films submitted for consideration in the Underexposed Film Festival yc must be:
• Independently developed, financed, and filmed,
• Less than 35 minutes in length,
• Fall into one of the following categories: 
- Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, or Puppetry.

We regret that a submission cannot be accepted if:
• The entry fee is not paid in full in US dollars;
• It is received after the final FilmFreeway deadline of Sunday, December 15, 2019;
• Any part of the submission is incomplete;
• The film contains erotica or explicit sex.

FESTIVAL SCREENING
The selection and scheduling of all films screened at the Underexposed Film Festival yc are entirely at the discretion of the Arts Council of York County’s Executive Director and the UFFyc Festival Director.

Films accepted into competition are not eligible to receive screening fees. Festival entrants will be notified by written correspondence by Monday, January 20, 2020.

Once accepted to the Underexposed Film Festival yc, filmmakers agree and certify that the accepted title(s) will not be withdrawn. The selection and scheduling of all films screened at the UFFyc is entirely at the discretion of the ACYC.

No cuts or changes will be made to any film by the Arts Council of York County, however, participation in the UFFyc implies allowing of broadcast on U.S. television and on the internet (excerpt will not exceed 15% or 3 minutes, whichever is less) and for marketing future festivals. If you do not want your film to be used for such purposes, please notify the Arts Council of York County in writing with your submission. Acceptance to the UFFyc also entitles ACYC to use titles and information about the films for the purpose of promoting the festival.

The primary screening format for films at the UFFyc is digital via a Windows-based operating system. Final films accepted for festival screenings must be resubmitted digitally. Final cut must be delivered to the Arts Council of York County (or an appointed agent thereof) no later than Monday, February 10, 2020. The required electronic press kit (EPK) must be emailed to arts@yorkcountyarts.org no later than Monday, February 10, 2020.

Filmmakers whose films are accepted to the UFFyc must provide the following with their festival screening package:
• SCREENERS:
- Final films accepted for festival screenings must be resubmitted digitally.
- The primary screening format for films at the UFFyc is digital via a Windows-based operating system.
- DELIVERY DEADLINE |  Monday, February 10, 2020
- Formatting and delivery instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the UFFyc.

• PRESS KIT:
      - The preferred format for press kit submission is digital, submitted to the UFFyc via email to arts@yorkcountyarts.org.
        - The required electronic press kit (EPK) must be received  by the UFFyc no later than Monday, February 10, 2020.
⁃ If not provided in the submission process:
⁃ Synopsis of no more than 50 words,
⁃ Summary of no more than 500 words,
⁃ Director and producer with short bios,
⁃ An above the line cast and crew list,
⁃ Release date,
⁃ An up-to-date listing of previous screenings, festivals and awards, including dates,
⁃ At least 1 digital, hi-res, promotional or suitable still photo from the film. Behind the scenes shots are not acceptable
⁃ If Available: Links to accepted film’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
⁃ Optional: Film trailers, promos, interviews

Failure to provide any of the above materials, or submission of the film in an incorrect screening format will disqualify the film from the festival

VIP TICKETS | DISCOUNTED CAST & CREW TICKETS
Filmmakers whose films are accepted into competition at the 2020 UFFyc will receive a maximum of two (2) complimentary VIP passes to the 2020 UFFyc screenings and wrap party. Confirmation of VIP Tickets and discounted ticket packages for cast and crew must be arranged with the Arts Council of York County’s box office two weeks prior to opening night.

LIABILITY
The Arts Council of York County (ACYC) and the Underexposed Film Festival yc (UFFyc) will not assume costs of shipping competition entries or associated collateral, nor does the ACYC or the UFFyc provide insurance while in transit to or from the Arts Council’s facilities. Do not send original prints or master copies. The ACYC and the UFFyc reserve the right to refuse any entry, and to withdraw any work from the Festival at its discretion. 

All work is the property of the applicant. By entering the competition component of the UFFyc, all entrants consent to give the ACYC the rights to use footage and/or titles and/or information about the submissions for promotional and educational purposes. 

By submitting your film, you are assigning non-exclusive rights to the Arts Council of York County, the Underexposed Film Festival yc and its affiliated sub-venues and to use said film in conjunction with the aforementioned event. The Underexposed Film Festival yc is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt (not to exceed 15% or 3 minutes, whichever is less) from any film submitted and accepted for screening at the Festival for promotional and educational purposes.

Film entries must be submitted by the rights holder(s) or with express written permission of the rights holder(s). By submitting, entrants affirm that they have the right to submit their entry to the Festival and that all clearances and licenses have been obtained, including but not limited to, music, locations, on-camera talent and voice talent. The rights holder(s) will hold the Underexposed Film Festival yc or the Arts Council of York County harmless for any claim involving, but not limited to, claims, liabilities, losses, damages; and expenses involving, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, credits, intellectual property, credits, publicity, screening, or royalty infringement(s) related to submitted work(s). 

The Arts Council of York County and the Underexposed Film Festival yc promote the Festival and the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, social networks, television and radio. We encourage filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screenings to industry professionals, distributors, the press, and the general public.

SHIPPING
All shipping costs must be paid by the entrant or the entrant's representative.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Filmmakers may submit multiple entries. Each film must be submitted separately and a separate entry fee must be paid per film.

All submissions must be in English or subtitled in English, with the exception of films submitted in the Experimental category.

Films screened at the UFFyc MUST BE York County, SC festival premieres.

The UFFyc reserves the right to include non-competition films in the festival. 

Screening fees are not paid to films accepted into competition.

The UFFyc does not accept rough cuts or works in progress.

Films may not be edited after acceptance to the festival. Films that are submitted with edits will be disqualified and removed from the screening lineup.

The Underexposed Film Festival yc does not edit films for time or content when selected for screening at the Festival or in the Series.

Films produced, financed or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for screening.

Employees of the Arts Council of York County and organizers of the Underexposed Film Festival yc are not eligible to submit films for competition in the Underexposed Film Festival yc.

Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in the Underexposed Film Festival yc. Films are selected on overall quality, production value, community relevance and/or other factors as determined by the screening committee. 

Screeners are non-returnable.

Filmmakers may NOT install banners or posters at the screening locations. The Arts Council may provide a table where postcards and small promotional materials advertising films screening at the 2020 UFFyc may be placed.

Overall Rating
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  • Epoh Beech

    It was a wonderful experience 'The Masque of Blackness' being selected as part Underexposed Film Festival 2019. Thanks to Melanie Cooper and Karen Collins for their support and excellent feedback. I really recommend this festival.

    May 2019
  • Greg Holfeld

    Can't think of another festival where I've received an unsolicited message from the director giving me an account of the audience reception to my film. The next best thing to being there! Thanks for making "Pinchpot" your opening film this year. It's been an honour.

    April 2019
  • I have been on the festival circuit for a bit, and I must say, this festival is BY FAR the warmest, most inviting one yet. The communication is outstanding from the get go. Karen let’s you know every step happening, and really makes you feel welcome and wanted. Also, the community is very involved with the festival and is very open to art and embraces the artists and the art. I can’t recommend this festival enough. Do yourself a favor and experience this festival.

    April 2019
  • kim brattain

    What an honor for our Double Door Inn doc to be included in this film fest. We loved the experience and level of professionalism by all.

    April 2019
  • We were very honored to have our short film "Grandpa" selected for UFFyc; it was a wonderful festival from top to bottom! All of the films were great, the filmmakers were treated like rock stars, and the hospitality was fantastic. Everything was scheduled well, and there were good opportunities to network and socialize with the festival organizers and other filmmakers. Highly recommend!

    April 2019