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SUFF is a not-for-profit annual film festival. The first edition was held in September 2007 and has taken place every year since. Not even a pandemic could stop SUFF, as the festival took place online in both 2020 and 2021.


Excitingly, 2022 marks a return to in-the-flesh screenings! 

To date, the festival has screened over 1500 films from across 30 countries in the past 15 years. SUFF is an integral part of Sydney’s film industry and screen culture, providing not only audiences with access to otherwise underrepresented features, documentaries, and shorts, but also providing screen practitioners and the local industry with more screening, networking and development opportunities.

SUFF is more than just a film festival; it’s an artistic and community-driven enterprise with a desire to create memorable screen-based experiences that capture a unique culturally connected audience. It's for anyone and everyone who want to watch and discuss films and increase their filmmaking skills in an inclusive, welcoming and fun environment.


The Sydney Underground Film Festival is dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films. The festival seeks to support filmmakers (especially those who operate outside established film industry infrastructures) by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion.