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Sydney Underground Film Festival’s first ever online program


Sydney’s leading festival for cult and underground film, the Sydney Underground Film Festival (SUFF), is back for its 14th year from Thursday 10 September – Sunday 20 September. In 2020 the Festival will take place entirely online, offering a new opportunity for audiences all over the country to experience the glory of some of the world’s most experimental, subversive and unhinged cinema, right from their own living rooms.

For ten days in September, film fans will be able to stream a fully curated program of pertinent and eye-opening shorts, widely diverse and experimental films, and – most importantly – films that will make you cry with laughter, even in this challenging time. Offering the cinematic trip you can take without leaving the country, the 2020 line-up features over 100 short films from 20 different countries.

Returning to the Festival line up are the much-loved short film sessions OZPLOIT! (a focus on Australian short films), WTF! (shorts that will mess with your head), REALITY BITES (short documentaries), LSD FACTORY (mind-melting shorts), and LOVE/SICK (date night session? – or maybe not!) alongside two all-new programs: SH!T SCARED, dedicated to new horror shorts, and LATE NIGHT CARTOONS, a session showcasing whacked-out animations for grown-ups.

Joining the program for the second year will be the TAKE48 Film Challenge, a filmmaking competition taking place for 48 hours from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August (2020). A huge success in 2019 with 30 films submitted and a sold-out Festival screening, this year’s (2020) online festival also means that the 2020 Challenge will be open to international submissions, with SONY awarding a camera package to the best Australian short film.

Stefan Popescu, Festival Director noted, “It is important to use the inherent ‘communal’ properties of filmmaking to relieve some of the anxiety of these crazy times – to take 48hrs out and bond with your friends over something creative.

We will be online for the entire 48 hours of the film challenge to offer help and advice to the participating filmmakers.”

Fellow Festival Director, Katherine Berger, went on to say, “With so much uncertainty this year, sadly we were unable to forge ahead with a physical festival but felt it was important to stay connected to the film festival community. It’s actually an exciting prospect to be able to
offer a collection of short film programs to a worldwide audience.”

The Festival goes live online at 12:01 am on 10 September 2020, with films available to watch on- demand for the duration of the ten-day event. A single ticket for each session will be $10, with the complete online Festival pass available for $55, allowing audiences to watch the full Festival offering at any time across its duration.

Tickets to all films at SUFF are available at:

Dates: Thursday 10 September – Sunday 20 September 2020 Available to watch:
Tickets: $10 per session, or a complete Festival pass for $55

Source: Sydney Underground Film Festival

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