Sydney Underground Film Festival

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Sydney Underground Film Festival #13

A non-profit film festival celebrating its 13th edition with a jam-packed film program and introducing the grassroots film hub; a community-driven initiative with filmmaking workshops, VR focus and a 48-hr film comp.

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The annual Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF) takes place every September at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville. Launched in 2007, the festival has grown into a highly relevant film festival in the face of a radically changing industry. The festival has achieved steady growth and brand awareness and focuses on alternative production modes, new technologies, hybrid and emerging forms and independent/DIY production.

SUFF’s success can be attributed to the passion and dedication of the volunteers and stakeholders. To date, we have screened over 1100 films from countries all over the world from exciting, emerging filmmakers to more notable filmmakers such as David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Alex Proyas, Sion Sono, Todd Solondz, John Waters, Noah Baumbach, George Gittoes, Don Mancini, Bob Byington, Sami Saif, Gaspar Noe, Eli Roth, Quentin Dupieux, Takahashi Miike, Helen Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Bruce La Bruce and Harmony Korine.

SUFF has established itself as a discovery festival, bringing independent and experimental films to Australian audiences that would otherwise not screen here.

SUFF is also strongly invested in screening exciting Australian films alongside international content and currently curates a session entitled “Ozploit!”, which features a collection of shorts from Australian emerging filmmakers.

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

SUFF is fun, engaging, enlightening and inclusive.

SUFF relies on the support from the community and the dedication of its 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 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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