SCI-FI UNDERGROUND FILMFEST EDITION 2.2

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We had such huge popular attendance at our sci-fi events last year, this year we created a niched festival branching off from the global Underground FilmFest network, Sci-Fi Underground FilmFest just celebrates science fiction feature films and film shorts, starting at our original founding city, Munich, Germany! Your sci-fi short films will play on the big stage at the Tonhalle where comic book, sci-fi, anime and collectible fans come for their monthly fair. We will select the best entries for our program. Any others selected but not played will be moved forward to our Summer Sci-Fi events or rolled into our parent Underground FilmFest for free. Your films will be in completion against the Sci-Fi Underground FilmFest 2.1 semi-finalists announced on our page in February. facebook.com/undergroundfilmfestival

Event Dates & Location: Monday May 1 2017 at 10 AM - 3 PM
TonHalle München
Grafinger Straße 6, 81671 Munich, Germany

Your one fee gets the unique opportunity to show your film in multiple Underground events across multiple countries not just one weekend but instead events throughout the whole year. Breaking borders and barriers with simultaneous showings and pop-up "mini fests" across the world in our evolving format, Underground FilmFest is a grass-roots festival for filmmakers by filmmakers. Funded by volunteers, we also spend significant number of hours and expenses promoting your films on social networks to well over 10,000 media executives and independent film community. We launched in Munich, Germany and expanded in 2015 to Beeston, UK and Birmingham, Alabama. In 2016, we played again in Munich, Birmingham, and Cameroon, West Africa. 2017 we plan to commence in Saigon, followed by planning for Reykjavik, Iceland; Dallas, Texas; possibly even Bangladesh, Taos, NM and a unique virtual reality event in France. While we explore the showing of all films submitted, the Underground Film aspect encourages the submission of thought provoking, visually stimulating, high quality content. We also are one of the first festivals with a showcase in virtual reality 360 films and welcome your VR films. The aim of the festival is to renew community interest in independent and alternative film in cities and positive interaction between cultures around the world.
NOTE: We do not accept films submitted by agencies UNLESS they use as contact information (phone, email, name) the contact information of the filmmaker and we are allowed to work directly with the filmmaker as we value their interaction in our social media and direct contact. By submitting your film into this festival, you are giving express permission to show the film at any of our physical events or venues worldwide, regardless of type of venue. You also understand that there is no payment for showing the film. We operate on a not for profit basis and proceeds are put back into the festival expansion and to pay off our significant expenses If you as an agency or filmmaker demand payment for the film, you will be automatically disqualified from the festival, even after acceptance. Special considerations can be discussed, but we as policy need to have this freedom as it is too difficult to manage exceptions given the fast pace of our planning and programming.

For foreign locations such as Saigon and Cameroon, where expenses are high to ship your content, we extend our festival season to two years, due to significant additional shipping and admin expenses and ramp up time.

Awards & Prizes

Winners of the Sci-Fi Underground get special recognition as winners of the Sci-Fi Underground FilmFest quarterly edition and then go on to competition against the remaining quarterly Sci-Fi editions and all films in our global Underground FilmFest event series. For the one entry fee here, the winners then continue on without registration cost to show at a series of events worldwide in the overall Underground FilmFest with social media and other recognition as announced in the overall festival. Winners also receive prizes and time resource promotion of the films, filmmakers and others in your cast/crew you specifically request we promote... with value of over $75 USD and promotion introduction to our film acquisition contacts network and private viewing panels. Voting made on best acting, best directing, best cinematography, best music/sound editing and best story.

Rules & Terms

Please do NOT send physical DVDS to us, unless we specifically request from you. Please use this platform to submit all needed materials we need to showcase and promote your film. Ensure the quality is at least HD 1080. You can also send the best quality link to scifi@undergroundfilmfest.tv (but only if you register first otherwise we won't able to process it.

Films should be submitted via we-transfer or similar platform in high definition after we select your film and upon our request within the time period requested. All films must be in English or if not in English, with English subtitles. Our initial event is showcasing short films and this will be the priority selection. Those indicated as "selected" on this FilmFreeway platform means they have been selected for the edition dates announced. If for some reason due to the limited time space for the edition dates noted, if for some reason we cannot play your film but you have been accepted we will carryforward film to next (e.g. quarterly) Sci-Fi edition and/or to the general Underground FilmFest.

The entrant submitting the film online here is the owner of the film and acknowledges he/she/they/it have obtained all rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in the film and agree to pay any fees (e.g. GEMA) required and that by submitting they accept all liability for ownership of rights and clearances and UndergroundFilmFest.tv and related parties assume NO liability.

The entrant/owner gives UndergroundFilmFest.tv and related parties permission to show the film and related promotional material (photos, articles, trailers) in a public setting as well as the UndergroundFilmFest.tv website, Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter, and mobile app. Any rights not provided by the entrant/owner should be clearly specified in a letter signed by both parties. Should the owner/entrant wish to withdraw their film from any of these platforms and venues at a later date past Dec. 31, 2017, a letter should be made in writing and acknowledged by email or signed response by us confirming this.

ENTRY FORMAT
- Every filmmakers could choose more than one category with separate submission.
- For judging/preview purposes, we accept online screener, vimeo, youtube and wetransfer of files needed.
- Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles or dubbed in English.
- Films could be from any year since 2015, unless exception granted for special considerations by our curation team.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
- We reserve the right that films selected may not be withdrawn from the Festival program after its registration.
- All submission fees are non-refundable. We will not return your screening and exhibition copies.
- The Festival may deny participation to any film unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.
- The festival has the right to disqualify a winning film for any reasons, without having to explain the reasons to the submitter.
- Not all winning films will be screened. The festival has the right to screen and not to screen the winning films.
- The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kind of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.
- The festival does not pay the filmmaker for screening rights, but also we are not abusive in trying to make unnecessary profit off their film either. Any fees we receive go into administrative and implementation costs and costs related to expanding the festival so person's film can be played more than once. Any demand by filmmaker for money can result in automatic disqualification even after film is accepted, due to misrepresentation by the filmmaker who agreed to these rules and terms upon submission.
LIABILITY
You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Underground FilmFest.
REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT:
Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or Festival purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the Festival.
CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS
The Festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the Festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

LEGAL NOTICE
The duration of this agreement shall commence as of the date of submission by Owner and terminate upon notification by the Festival.

Q. Where does my registration fee, or if none, the request for donation go?

Our intent is not to make profit on these events, but instead to receive donations by filmmaking entrants and the viewer community to pay our hosting and venue expenses, as well as put the money back into the festival to help ensure future editions as well as special productions showcasing the filmmakers and supporting their efforts. If any venues sponsoring our festival requires to charge for tickets, it is to recoup the expenses of the venue we are using and whatever minimum ticket sales they must achieve for their operation.

Q. How do you distinguish short films from feature films?
Short films are works under 40 minutes (this is includes credits) and feature films are works 40 minutes or longer. If you have a mid-length and a feature-length version of your film, we prefer that you send us the feature-length version.

Q. Is there an age restriction?
There is no age restriction for filmmakers, but submitters must be at least 18 years of age.

Q. Can I submit to Underground Film Fest if I’ve already submitted to other festivals and am still waiting to hear back?
Yes, submitting to other festivals does not negatively impact your submission at all! If you are submitting to other festivals, we encourage you to submit to us at the same time, rather than waiting to submit until you hear back from the other festival.

Q. If I’ve been accepted to another festival but Underground Film Fest is my preferred festival premiere, can I check to see if my film is in the running?
A. Yes, here and on our website. Although we may not be able to offer you a definitive answer depending on the timeline, we will try to give you as much information as possible to inform your decision.

Q. Can I submit a trailer instead of a Work In Process (WIP) or a completed film?
No. We will not be able to consider your film if you send in a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed film.

Q. If I submitted this year, can I submit my film in future year festivals?
You may resubmit if you have made significant changes to your film or if you strongly feel it is so good that we overlooked it and should give you another chance.

NOTE: We do not accept films submitted by agencies UNLESS they use as contact information (phone, email, name) the contact information of the filmmaker and we are allowed to work directly with the filmmaker as we value their interaction in our social media and direct contact. By submitting your film into this festival, you are giving express permission to show the film at any of our physical events or venues worldwide, regardless of type of venue. You also understand that there is no payment for showing the film. We operate on a not for profit basis and proceeds are put back into the festival expansion and to pay off our significant expenses If you as an agency or filmmaker demand payment for the film, you will be automatically disqualified from the festival, even after acceptance. Special considerations can be discussed, but we as policy need to have this freedom as it is too difficult to manage exceptions given the fast pace of our planning and programming.

For foreign locations such as Saigon and Cameroon, where expenses are high to ship your content, we extend our festival season to two years, due to significant additional shipping and admin expenses and ramp up time.

10 Reviews

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    Daniele Ricci

    A truly fantastic, hospitable and organized festival

    May 2017
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    Devi Snively

    Alas, I could not attend so can't speak to the screening experience itself, but the coordinator is very communicative and supportive with feedback, and it's cool one's film has the opportunity to travel to various countries. More advance notice about dates and locations would be nice in order to more easily attend, but perhaps that's not possible with the "pop-up festival" format, which is a cool concept unto itself. The audience awards /feedback are especially valuable.

    May 2017
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    Aitor González Iturbe

    Great festival with live screenings and very good communication with the directors.

    May 2017
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    Rowan Pullen

    Excellent job to the organisers of this festival, we came away with an award and found their feedback to be of value and hospitable especially from an international perspective as we could not attend the festival. Thank you SCI-FI UFF.

    May 2017
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    Christopher Harvey

    Fantastic festival experience, my project Tears In The Rain won the audience award for best acting. Thanks to the organizers and audience.

    March 2017