Munich. Birmingham. Saigon. Cameroon. Iceland. Kansas City. Your one fee gets the unique opportunity to show your film in multiple pop-up Underground events and alternate venues across multiple countries - not just one weekend but instead events throughout the whole year.

With an 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. In 2017, we expanded to Saigon. When possible, we do audience votes at our events, giving filmmakers competitive awards for the city and globally.

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. Best films are showcased in our anniversary events from prior years.

FESTÌVAL SCHEDULE
FOR MOST ACCURATE AND CURRENT INFO, Subscribe to EVENTS at facebook.com/undergroundfilmfestival/events

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, USA:
June 8, 2017 at the Oakhill Cemetery Park
"Underground FilmFest 2016 Battle of the Best Finalist Competition" - the Birmingham Audience casts the final votes on finalists (prior Audience Vote winners) for the global champions for 2016!

CALIFORNIA
See our sister festival, FilmFreeway.com/festival/blackundergroundfilmfest for time and location details.

ICELAND
Reykjavik - Fall TBD

FRANCE:
VR FilmFest - Dates and Location TBD - Summer/Fall 2017

CAMEROON, AFRICA
Subscribe to EVENTS at facebook.com/CameroonUndergroundFilmFest

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PRIOR EVENTS HISTORY

SAIGON:
May 20 and 21, 2017 part of the Saigon Underground Festival
Facebook.com/saigonundergroundfestival
www.saigonundergroundfilmfest.com

1.EXCLUSIVE INDIE FILM SCREENINGS
Aiming to support risk-taking storytellers worldwide, like-minded creatives to be inspired and be an inspiration to others. Our high-class facility will take you on your desired emotional and visual journey within seconds!

2.ARTS EXHIBITION
In partnership with the prestigious ADC academy, we proudly behold a unique collection of arts by not only professionals but also aspiring artists.

3.MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
No party is complete without some catchy jams. Our 2-day festival, featuring emerging talents from all music genres, celebrates the climax of all art forms by giving a voice to creatives of all stripes. Time to put on your dancing shoes and shake off your worries! We put the festival back into the fest.

4.HANDICRAFT FLEA MARKET
Our handicraft flea market brings you profound insight into Vietnamese arts and crafts. From traditional tribal art to contemporary embroidery, this flea market is your chance to discover the local art history at the forefront of creativity.

MUNICH:

Final Event to wrap up the 2016 Season for Munich showings and kickoff 2017 season
June 24 11 am to 2? am Saturday; noon to 10 pm June 25 Sunday
Audience Voting, Filmmaker Interviews and 2016 Global Champions Announcement/Awards
Music, Art, Fashion, Films, After Party
(https://www.facebook.com/events/1654319704870891/
TheaterBar Heppel & Ettlich
Feilitzschstr. 12, 80802 Munich, Germany

Special Screening - 10 Years Later (Hong Kong award winning film)
Werkstatt Kino
17.30 Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sci-Fi Underground FilmFest 2.2 / Sci-Fi Monday
May 1 2017 (holiday in Bavaria)
10 am to 1 pm
TonHalle München
Grafinger Straße 6, 81671 Munich, Germany

Feb 18 2017 Werkstatt Kino - fiction shorts. See
https://www.facebook.com/events/1831998567074580/
Sci-Fi Sunday at the TonHalle Dec 18 10.00 - 15:00

Feb 12 2017 Sci-Fi Sunday at the TonHalle (new films) 10.00 - 15:00
https://www.facebook.com/events/363291267380090/

Kaleidoscope of Shorts Dec 10 Saturday 15:00 - 17:00 Werkstatt Kino
Fraunhoferstraße 9, 80469 München

October 23 2016: Sci-Fi / Horror Sunday II at the "film und comic Börse" at tonhalle, grafingerstr. 6.

Sept 11 2016 Sci-Fi Sunday at the Musuem Lichtspiele kino

August 20-28 2016 Underground Theme - Buchheim Museum, Starnberger See, Bavaria

July 11 2016: Pub Night - "Films from the Midlands - Bye Bye Britain!" at the Keg

July 5 2016: Open Air Café Night at Rosenheimer Platz

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA:
October 21 2016: HORROR FEST EVENT at Oak Hill Cemetery

October 9 2016 OKTOBERFEST FILM EVENT at the Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35222
Films shown: Wolves, Thirst For Life, Through The Curtain, Valentina, Rat King

May 29 2016 Birmingham Underground FilmFest 2016 2nd year Launch

See our prior events on the wall and photo gallery at facebook.com/birminghamundergroundfilmfest

CAMEROON, AFRICA:
October 29 1016 Buea, Cameroon - Hotel Residence Carlos
3 pm to 12 am - a night of film, music, art and fashion!
Films shown from our 2015 Selections: Snow, Soap Box, Mars Closer, Schnee In Rio, The Seashell, The Reluctant Portrait, Magic Train and more

May 29 2016 Cameroon Underground FilmFest 2016 1st year Launch at Spee Art Gallery, Bamenda

See our prior events on the wall and photo gallery at facebook.com/cameroonundergroundfilmfest

ANCONA, ITALY:
Operated independently of our fest events, one of our featured filmmakers started an independent Underground FilmFest focused on underground genre only (horror, weird, etc.)
Nov 14 - Nov 19 2016 Ancona, Italy
Please find more info at undergroundfilmfest.it

Awards & Prizes

You will get the opportunity for audience vote recognition and the opportunity to be showcased on our website, including the opportunity for video interviews and Skype interviews with the audience to support filmmaker to community interaction. Audience vote awards will be given.

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.

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 annual edition. Based on the themes and time of each film, festival organizers will select the physical and/or online/mobile venues and dates throughout the year.

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, 2016, 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 2014, 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 at the close of the 2015 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.

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    MIguel angel Barroso

    It has been a great experience to participate in this exquisite Festival dedicated to the independent cinema that seeks the artistic expression on all things. Great professionalism in the organization, led by its creator James Kellogg, a man of cinema delivered with passion and enthusiasm to spread the cinema so many filmmakers who have no opportunity to show their work in commercial circuits. I wish you a great success and a long life to this extraordinary UNDERGROUND FILMFEST !!!

    June 2017
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    Anthony Nion

    Underground FilmFest is really great, really. Why ? Because in one subscription your movie can be screened in a few cities around the world. Thanks to them my movie has been screened in Munich, Saigon and soon in Birmingham (alabama) for the first time. I think also their team is nice and they communicate well by email and social medias so you can find pretty easily a lot of informations about screenings. And finally their line up is really good with various movies of different genres and countries, they really support independent movies and new directors. So don't hesitate to submit your movie because it is really good value for money ! Thank you for your great work !

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    we are blushing..thanks for the kind words!

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    Marjan Radanovich

    I was surprised with the qualities of the films screened, some amazing independent filmmakers! Festival was organized very nicely with very friendly ambient. Organizers are responsive and helpful with all I needed...I do highly recommend for filmmakers to submit their work.

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thanks for your wonderful contribution to the Fest and for giving us a nice interview :)

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    Steve Harper

    My web series was an official selection at this festival and our screening got a positive response! These folks are encouraging, supportive and professional. I'm grateful for being involved in this festival - which has a unique system and provides screenings all over the world.

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Steve and we look forward to providing more opportunities for web series in the future!

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    Claire Walka

    Nice locations, interesting films of different genres and a personal and friendly contact between filmmakers and organizers.

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Claire, your film will always be a treasured memory of the early fest goers.