The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience while competing for awards in many categories.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance or any mainstream festival laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

SCUFFY Awards will be given out in many categories. Our new SCUFFY awards were designed and sculpted by special effects artist Tony Rosen who is most famous for creating the Annabelle doll used in the films "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle". We also give our winners our famous miners helmets too! Official Sponsor Final Draft scriptwriting software will present software to the winners of the best unproduced screenplay categories. Unproduced screenplay categories will also receive free listings on InkTip. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Trophies and awards will be given for:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Produced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best SC Feature Film
Best SC Short Film
Best SC Filmmaker
Audience Choice Award
Jury Award
Runner up Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Foreign Film

Many more awards and prizes will be added later so check back often!

Rules & Terms

Venue: Olde Charleston Picture House at 4820 Jenkins Avenue, N Charleston, SC 29405

Filmmakers who have film chosen as an official selection must provide exhibition copies in NTSC Blu Ray or DVD format by October 25th. If not received by then, then your film will be removed from the screening schedule.

The 2017 festival is for films produced January 2014 or after.

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

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

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

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

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

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, SCUFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

SCUFF reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the festival to be overly offensive, violent or racist.

19 Reviews

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    derek robbins

    I won Best Unproduced Screenplay at SCUFF.

    January 2017
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    Jesse O'Daniel

    SCUFF was one of the best film festivals I've been too. It's run by great people. I met some amazing filmmakers and the festival represented the diversity in the film industry.

    December 2016
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    Adam Renkovish

    The staff were quick to respond to all of my questions, very polite. I wish that I could have attended the festival. No doubt, I would have had a wonderful time. Hope to submit next year.

    November 2016
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    Paula Rossman

    As a first time filmmaker - and heading out on my own to my first festival, I was a bit nervous...Tommy and Robby were welcoming hosts and I had a wonderful time watching and talking about films and meeting folks who share my passions. Thank you for all the thought and effort that ensured a fun and intriguing line-up of films! A great and friendly festival ~ looking forward to sharing new works in the future!

    November 2016
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    matt clifford

    A great festival! Everyone involved worked so hard, and it showed. Organized, professional, and fun. Congrats to all, and many thanks.

    November 2016