2nd Annual

Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival

December 03, 2015 to December 06, 2015

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative feature films
Any narrative film 40 minutes or longer. All genres will be considered.
Narrative short films
Any narrative film shorter than 40 minutes. All genres will be considered.
Florida feature films
Any feature film (40 minutes or longer) that was shot predominantly* in Florida, either narrative or documentary. To qualify for this category, provide locations of the shoot and Florida talent involved with your submission (you do not need to list them scene-by-scene). This category is just for discount purposes and to qualify for the Best Florida Film Award; your movie will also be included in the general narrative feature or documentary category and will be eligible for all awards appropriate for such a film. * We reserve the right to decide what “predominantly” means on a case-by-case basis.
Florida short films
Any short film (shorter than 40 minutes) that was shot predominantly* in Florida, narrative or documentary. To qualify for this category, provide locations of the shoot and Florida talent involved with your submission (you do not need to list them scene-by-scene). This category is just for discount purposes and to qualify for the Best Florida Film Award; your movie will also be included in the general short or documentary category and will be eligible for all awards appropriate for such a film. If the director is also a current high school or college student, we suggest you submit to the student category and include a note about it being a Florida production and it will be eligible for both the Florida Film and Student Film categories. * We reserve the right to decide what “predominantly” means on a case-by-case basis.
Student shorts
Student shorts must be 25 minutes or less (films longer than that will have to be submitted in one of the other categories). The submitter must include proof that the director is a current student at a high school or college to receive the student discount. Student shorts will be eligible for overall best short film as well as best student short.
Documentary feature
Any documentary film 40 minutes or longer.
Documentary short
Any documentary film shorter than 40 minutes.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival’s mission is to give talented independent filmmakers and their cast and crew that rare opportunity to see their work on the big screen in digital sound at an actual movie theater and to help them reach a wider audience by taking closer steps toward distribution and future project goals through promotional, educational and networking opportunities.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival was founded by award-winning Bay Area filmmakers, actors, critics, artists and cinephiles to catch the independent films that fall through the cracks and end up... underground.

Although we are “underground,” that has more to do with the “underground” nature of the filmmaking (low budget, independent) than genre. We showcase dramas, comedies, action, adventure, crime, musicals, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, fantasies, mysteries, romances, animation, children’s, religious, lgbt, foreign, documentaries, experimental – basically anything, and it doesn’t have to bizarre or on the fringe, though we definitely delight in those.

We do love our crazy home state with all of its rogue pythons, sequenced hurricanes and face eaters, but we have plenty of slots for films from beyond the Sunshine and from around the world, plus other worlds and worlds that don’t even exist – just as long as it’s interesting and innovative. In 2014, TBUFF had a program of 99 films from all across Florida, New York to Los Angeles and 10 foreign countries, with more than half the filmmakers attending.

Most attendees of the 2014 event declared that the awards ceremony was the highlight, as we played clips of all nominees in each of the 15 categories in televised awards show style, and not just any random clip, but clips highlighting why each film or performance was nominated for that particular category. Yes, a lot of hard work, but more entertaining than most film festival award ceremonies featuring just names of films many audience members didn't see and so was well worth the response. One filmmaker pointed out that it was almost the equivalent of getting an additional showing in front of a filled auditorium. We also had winners unable to attend (which were just 3 of the 15) send in an acceptance video that we played after announcing them as winners at the ceremony. And there was an Awards Party following the ceremony at a nearby upscale restaurant, among other parties. Please see the TBUFF site for pictures from the awards ceremony/party and nominees/winners.

TBUFF is an all-genre festival and plays both shorts and features, including narratives and documentaries. Film selection is by nature a subjective process so it’s difficult to put a finger on exactly what we’re looking for – it’s just like Potter Stewart said, we’ll know it when we see it.

ORGANIZERS

Chris Maltezo (Co-director); Jason Beck (Co-director); Jay Frank (Assistant Programming Director); Kelly Nunez (Co-Director); RP Stephens (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

1. We accept works in progress, but they must be at a stage such that we can see its potential, and we reserve the right to reject a selection if the film is not in a polished format by the time the schedule is released.

2. Non-English language films are accepted but the submission and exhibition versions must have English subtitles.

3. Entries will only be returned if an appropriately self-addressed stamped mailer is included with the submission, and TBUFF is not responsible for any damages to submitted materials.

4. Filmmakers must have all rights to all material contained within their submitted films, including music.

5. Each film submitted requires a separate submission fee; there is no limit to the number of films one individual may submit for consideration in any year.

6. If your film is selected for TBUFF exhibition, you will receive free festival passes as well as some tickets to your own showing, but with rare exception, the festival will not cover your travel or lodging costs. You do not have to present to win awards.

7. If your film is selected, short video snippets and stills from the film, along with any other promotional materials provided, might be used to market the festival.

8. TBUFF reserves the right to disqualify any film submitted through these websites without refund of any application fees.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1.) Multiple versions of the same film will not be considered. 2.) If TBUFF cannot get your film submission to play, we will attempt to contact the applicant for a replacement but if a replacement cannot be delivered to TBUFF before the final deadline, TBUFF can disqualify the entry and is under no obligation to return the submission fee. 3.) TBUFF reserves the right to disqualify any film for non-payment of the submission fee or for not meeting any of the stated rules on this page or other TBUFF pages on this website. 4.) TBUFF is under no obligation to provide comments regarding submitted films -- all decisions about film festival selections and scheduling are final. 5) By clicking here the submitter acknowledges and agree that to the best of his/her ability that he/she is duly authorized to submit this film to the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival and holds all rights within the film, and will allow the film to be exhibited at TBUFF and its promotional materials to be used for marketing the 2016 festival.