Submission Dates


Opening Date

October 1, 2019

Earlybird Deadline

December 1, 2019

Regular Deadline

February 29, 2020

Late Deadline

May 17, 2020

Extended Deadline

June 21, 2020

Notification Date

July 19, 2020


Event Date

August 20-23, 2020

 Film Submissions

Documentary Short

Documentary Feature

Experimental Short 

Experimental Feature


Narrative Short

Narrative Feature


Finished on Film*

*See submission instructions below

 New Media



Expanded Cinema*

Live Coding*

Generative Music*

*For more information including how to submit, please see the instructions below

❯ Where to Submit



Rules & Guidelines



  • Artists are required to fill out a completed application form via FilmFreeway.

  • The festival only accepts online submission links for preview (Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) Film links may be private or public. 

  • All films submitted must be fully completed as works in progress will not be considered.

  • Productions must be independently produced, with the maker retaining complete editorial control and copyright.

  • Submission of an entry indicates acceptance of all regulations, guarantee that a screening copy in the format specified will be made available for the dates of the event, and authorization to publicly exhibit the work at San Diego Underground Film Festival 2020.

  • If screening copy is to be provided by a distributor or agent then entry must be submitted by that distributor/agent, along with any criteria or conditions.

  • Submission of entry grants San Diego Underground Film Festival use of materials and images related to the project for the marketing purposes of San Diego Underground Film Festival and its parent company San Diego Underground Arts.

This category is for works that have been finished on film only.


  • There is no submission fee for this category.

  • Accepted formats are Regular 8, Super 8, and 16MM.

  • There is no restriction on duration, completion date, or premiere status.

  • Films must be exhibited on film stock.

  • Deadline for submissions is June 16, 2020. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. 

  • Selected applicants will be notified on July 1, 2020.

  • Please submit applications through the submission form.


  • There is no submission fee for installation, performance, or new media submissions.

  • Applicant must submit a complete proposal and narrative of proposed project along with images and documentation.

  • All proposals must include technical specifications and equipment needs. 

  • Installation formats include projection, films on monitors, video sculptures, and interactive works.

  • Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2020.

  • Selected applicants will be notified on May 1, 2020. 

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  • Accepted screening formats are Apple ProRes HQ422, Regular 8, Super 8, or 16mm print.  

  • No DCP will be accepted.

  • No 5.1 soundmix will be accepted. 

  • Films with dialogues in a language other than English must have English subtitles.

  • San Diego Underground Film Festival reserves the right to refuse a screening copy of poor technical condition that may be detrimental to the screening.

  • San Diego Underground Film Festival reserves the right to revoke a selection status if a file or print is received after the asked deadline. 


The party responsible for sending film materials bears the cost of transporting selected films. The festival incurs the cost of the films return. If sent via mail, the sender must provide the festival with necessary information regarding its return (date needed by/address/phone number). International parcels should be marked ‘For Cultural Purposes Only/No Commercial Value'. The copy will be returned within three weeks after festival completion.

Please note:

※ The festival does not promise transportation or lodging accommodations at this time.