Sydney Underground Film Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

12th Sydney Underground Film Festival

The Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) is a not-for-profit organisation that is celebrating its 12th festival in 2018 with another four-day program of over 100 films, workshops, talks and special guests.

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Now in its twelfth year, the Sydney Underground Film Festival has grown to become a major event in NSW’s cultural events calendar. The Festival has earned a reputation for showcasing the best in indie, transgressive, and cutting-edge cinema, and has developed a loyal following of arts and film lovers and those keen to support important films from outside the mainstream to local audiences.

By holding the festival in the non-traditional space of The Factory Theatre, SUFF aims to act as a lively social hub that embraces Sydney’s creative community (and its visitors), through exhibition, exposure and encouraging discussion.

SUFF’s success can be attributed to the passion and dedication of the volunteers and stakeholders. To date, we have screened over 1000 films from countries all over the world from filmmakers such as David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Sion Sono, Todd Solondz, John Waters, George Gittoes, Sami Saif, Gaspar Noe, Eli Roth, Quentin Dupieux, Takahashi Miike, and Harmony Korine.

SUFF was created to nurture an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films, whilst supporting filmmakers who operate outside established film industry infrastructures, by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion.

SUFF has become an important fixture in NSW’s cultural calendar with increasing numbers annually. SUFF plans to expand its screening activities throughout the year.

Selected films are culturally diverse (films are selected globally with over 700 submissions) and are also thematically diverse and often touch on social, political and ecological issues. These aim to educate, entertain and encourage discussion.

SUFF also provides valuable work experience to over 40 volunteers and creates and aligns itself with many local businesses and organisations, through partnerships and sponsorship.

SUFF relies on the support from the community and the dedication of it’s organisers.

Any kind and generous donations will be used to keep SUFF running – from administration costs, travel costs for special guests and the ever-increasing film screening fees.

Thank you for considering supporting the Sydney Underground Film Festival. The festival exists because of a growing network of cinema-goers, enthusiasts, volunteers and businesses who believe in what we are trying to achieve.

We are proud to have hosted close to 40,000 guests since the festival’s inception in 2007.

Head to the SUFF website at for more info.

The Sydney Underground Film Festival has carved out a much-needed space for the independent film community in Sydney. Through a focus on the subversive, the provocative and avant-garde, SUFF has become an important annual event for both local and nationwide audiences and filmmakers from here and overseas.

Bringing important films, often from outside the mainstream, to local audiences and furthermore, providing local creative types with extensive networking and practical skill-building opportunities, and the platform from which their work can be seen.

The 9th festival is on from Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th September at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville. Set over 4 days, the 50+ sessions will be presented across 5 cinemas. In 2015, the inaugural 2-day master class and talks program will be hosted during the festival on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to take advantage of a series of master classes and talks with successful independent filmmakers and producers – in areas such as directing, scriptwriting, special effects and distribution.

The Sydney Underground Film Festival screens 100+ films each year & has attracted over 25,000 people since its inception in 2007.

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