The event will proudly take place at 'Palace Cinemas' - Byron Bay, Australia's most prestigious cinema chain, and a friend to Independent Cinema.

When I was looking to submit my very first film on the festival circuit I was really taken aback by the rational that a good film can be turned away simply because it doesn't fit into a narrow choice of genre. There's' a tonne of film festivals that cater for a very particular style of film, be it arthouse, comedy, or horror, but in doing so a plethora of fantastic creators are robbed of the opportunity to showcase their films.

The Byron Bay Underground Film Fest is a little different...

We're reaching out to Independent Filmmakers from around the world for their passion projects. More important than genre, is merit.

If you've a film that's been made with love, then we want to see it!

Here at BUFF we know how much time goes into making your film perfect, that's why we feel it's important to award our BEST films with actual trophies.

In true Underground style the awards are repurposed memorabilia with updated plaques to celebrate your successes.

Awards are going out for.

* BUFF Cock - Best in Fest
* Best Director
* Best Cinematography
* Most interesting Project
* BUFF Jury Prize
* Best Actor
* Best Actress
* Best Editing
* Best Effects
* Best Sound

Trophies will be awarded at the closing ceremony. If you're unable to travel to Byron Bay, Australia we can send you your award/s anywhere in the world; just cover the postage costs and we'll get it sorted for you.

GOOD LUCK to everyone with their submissions; we're looking forward to seeing them!

All genres are accepted.

The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

By submitting your film, you agree that:

1. Byron Bay Underground Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. You own all the rights to the film.
4. You can withdraw your submission only during the 5 days after.
5. You cannot withdraw your submission after the official selection announcement of each round.

The Byron Bay Underground Film Festival does not accept the following:

1. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations.
2. Films which are made before 2010.
3. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, or video resolution less than 720p HD).

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Overall Rating
  • Thomas Farm Films Inc.

    We were thrilled to have our world premiere of our short documentary, The Maroon Bomber, screened at this festival. Wish we could have been there. Maybe next time—we look forward to submitting again! Thank you!!

    October 2020
  • Excellent Festival. Greatly appreciate the inclusion of alternative visions exploring experimental concepts. Thank you for all.

    September 2020
  • Aashish Gadhvi

    Thank you for the selection!

    September 2020