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 Underexposed Film Festival yc 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 2019, the Underexposed Film Festival yc continues its focus on high quality, independently created short films where all films submitted will be in competition. On March 27 - 30, 2019, 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.

GRAND JURY PRIZE | $750

BEST OF CATEGORY
Narrative | $200
Animation | $200
Experimental | $200
Documentary | $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. 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 (Grades 9-12) | $100
Best Student Film (Grades 9-12). Student films are eligible when created by a student filmmaker enrolled in a 9-12 (high school) program while in production. All student films from each category are eligible for this award. Only one award will be given per category.

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 2019 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,
• Entry form,
• 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, Google+, 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, or Experimental.

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, January 6, 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, February 11, 2019.

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 and on either DVD or Blu-Ray. Final cut must be delivered to the Arts Council of York County no later than Monday, March 4, 2019. The required electronic press kit (EPK) must be emailed to arts@yorkcountyarts.org no later than Monday, February 25, 2019.

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 and on either DVD or Blu-Ray.
- The primary screening format for films at the UFFyc is digital via a Windows-based operating system.
- DELIVERY DEADLINE |  Monday, March 4, 2019
- 2 screening copies of the Final Cut of the Submission:
⁃ 1 digital copy
⁃ MP4 or MOV,
- The preferred format for digital format submission for inclusion in the festival is via: Vimeo, WeTransfer, DropBox, or another online transmission service.
        - Email downloadable files to: arts@yorkcountyarts.org
⁃ Sound files must be encoded in the video file.

- 1 copy on DVD or Blu-Ray disc:
⁃ MPEG2, MPEG4, MOV, AVC, MKV, AVC Rec, AVCHD, M4V, WMV, 3GP, FLV, or VOB.
⁃ Mail to: Arts Council of York County, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
⁃ Contact name and phone number in permanent marker on the disc. PAL format is not accepted,
⁃ If a DVD/Blu-Ray disc is not received by the Festival and issues arise in screening the digital copy, the Festival reserves the right to remove the film from the screening lineup.

• 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 25, 2019.
⁃ 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, Google+, 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 2019 UFFyc will receive a maximum of two (2) complimentary VIP passes to the 2019 UFFyc screenings and wrap party. Discounted ticket packages for cast and crew may be arranged with the Arts Council of York County’s box office in advance. Deadline to notify the ACYC – Friday, March 15, 2019.

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
Official Selection screeners will not be returned to the filmmakers. Most will be destroyed upon the festival's completion. All shipping costs for entries 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.

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 2018 UFFyc may be placed.

Overall Rating
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  • Josiah Cuneo

    Super accommodating and easy to work with, highly recommended.

    May 2018
  • I wasn't able to attend, but as others have noted here, the communication and warm hospital from festival director Karen Collins was great. I plan to apply again in the future.

    May 2018
  • David Ryder

    Karen and the rest of the staff were very accommodating. Great communication all around. The screening venue was very modern and the presentation was great. The selections were diverse and of high quality. This is a great festival!

    May 2018
  • Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, but festival director Karen Collins was super communicative and provided great feedback. Thrilled to have been included in this festival!

    May 2018
  • Really great festival and very well organized! I enjoyed the arrangement of the films by theme and that there was an intermission for my brain to take a 10 minute break. Karen Collins really has everything under control and it shows in the festivals success. I enjoyed chatting with other filmmakers and the easy-going mood of everything. They had a wonderful selection of films of all different genres with a roller coaster of emotions, which I enjoyed. Also thank you for choosing my film for the Best in High School Award! Will be submitting next year!

    May 2018