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The SCUFF will be three 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, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC.  We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers.  South Carolina produced films and filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience and we will feature special awards just for SC produced projects.


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, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, 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 in SC for that matter) laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival?  Then we want your movie!



The 2022 South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival.  This is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. 

Films and Screenplays will be awarded with a SCUFFY awards and there will be Best Feature, Best Short, Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature), SC Feature and Short Film, SC Filmmaker, and Audience Choice Award.  Our trophy was designed by special effects artist Tony Rosen, who is best known for creating the Annabelle doll used in the Conjuring and Annabelle films.  

All submitted short films will be reviewed for possible cable broadcast deals with ShortsTV, the world's largest distributor of short films.  Winner of "Best Short" will win a guaranteed broadcast deal.  Winners of the Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature) will get Final Draft scripting software as well as a free listing on InkTip.  


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 2021 Festival takes place on November 5-7, 2021 at 1607 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29401.

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