CALL FOR FILMMAKERS
2020 Guidelines
SUBMIT ONLINE

Underexposed Film Festival yc proudly accepts entries exclusively via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

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IMPORTANT DATES

FRIDAY | MAY 30, 2019

2020 SUBMISSION SEASON OPENS

SUNDAY | OCTOBER 6, 2019

EARLYBIRD DEADLINE

SUNDAY | NOVEMBER 17, 2019

REGULAR DEADLINE

SUNDAY | DECEMBER 15, 2019

LAST CHANCE DEADLINE

MONDAY | JANUARY 20, 2020

SELECTION NOTIFICATION

MONDAY | FEBRUARY 10, 2020

SCREENER & EPK DEADLINE

TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO OPENING NIGHT

CAST & CREW DISCOUNT PACKAGE DEADLINE

MARCH 25 - 28, 2020

2020 UNDEREXPOSED FILM FESTIVAL yc

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

 

The Underexposed Film Festival yc seeks diversity in storytelling while encouraging, nurturing, and supporting the creativity and vision of independent filmmakers. Here, both experienced and emerging filmmakers are provided a forum where their work can be viewed, their voices are heard, and dialogue between the two is encouraged. The UFFyc sets itself apart by actively seeking the “undiscovered talent” waiting to be exposed.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

 

The Underexposed Film Festival yc showcases the best in indie filmmaking from across the world. It focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions, giving festivalgoers a glimpse into their vision and process.

 

In 2020, the Underexposed Film Festival yc continues its focus on high quality, independently created short films where all films submitted will be in competition. On March 25 - 28, 2020, filmmakers and enthusiasts will converge upon Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC to be exposed to, engaged with, and intrigued by films that leave the audience with a greater worldview. 

Organizers

Arts Council of York County | more info

Debra Heintz | Executive Director

Karen Collins | Festival Director

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES

 

Independent filmmakers across the world are invited to submit professionally presented films with a runtime of 35 minutes or less to participate in this juried competition. Films screened at the Underexposed Film Festival yc must be York County, SC festival premieres. Submissions must fall into one of the following categories:

 

Narrative

Fictional filmmaking that includes comedy, drama, action, thriller, adventure, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, western, horror, film-noir, romance, sports, family-friendly and more.

 

Animation

Animated filmmaking - including but not limited to traditional, hand drawn animation, flip book animation, stop motion animation, computer animation, mechanical animation, mixed media, and special effects animation.

 

Experimental

Experimental films may be avant-garde, non-linear, non-narrative, or include puppetry. They may include the utilization of abstracting techniques, asynchronous sound, and are not limited by the constraints of traditional filmmaking. But, don’t let us define it for you…

 

Documentary

Non-fictional filmmaking that includes cultural, topical and historical subjects.

NEW IN 2020 >> Puppetry <<

Films that include the manipulation of puppets.

 

The Underexposed Film Festival yc exclusively accepts entries through FilmFreeway:

https://filmfreeway.com/UnderexposedFilmFestivalyc

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

Submissions are only accepted online through FilmFreeway.com.

 

Only the producer, director, screenwriter, or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers with the permission of the student(s). 

 

Original formats may have been shot on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and all formats of video as well as all formats digital and computer multimedia.

 

Submissions must include:

  • Entry Fee,

  • Final Cut of the submission uploaded to FilmFreeway.com,

  • Synopsis of no more than 50 words,

  • Summary of no more than 500 words,

  • Director and producer with short bios,

  • An above the line cast and crew list,

  • Release date,

  • At least 1 digital, hi-res, still photo from the film,

  • A listing of previous screenings, festivals and awards, including dates,

  • Optional: Links to the official website, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, etc.

 

Films submitted for consideration in the Underexposed Film Festival yc must be:

  • Independently developed, financed, and filmed,

  • Have a runtime of 35 minutes or less in length,

  • Fall into one of the following categories:

    • Narrative

    • Documentary

    • Animation

    • Experimental

    • Puppetry

 

We regret that a submission cannot be accepted if:

  • The entry fee is not paid in full in US dollars;

  • It is received after the final deadline of Sunday, December 15, 2019;

  • Any part of the submission is incomplete;

  • The film contains erotica, explicit nudity or explicit sex.

AWARDS

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE | $750

In addition to awarding the Grand Jury Prize, the UFFyc honors the top film in each category.

BEST OF CATEGORY

Narrative | $200
Animation | $200
Experimental | $200
Documentary | $200

Puppetry | $200

 

The UFFyc also recognizes the best film submitted from the Carolinas with the Cinema Carolina Award, the best film directed by a female with the Woman to Watch Award, and the Best Student Film Award for students enrolled in collegiate programs. All films accepted by the UFFyc screening committee and meeting the specialty awards criteria will compete for the following awards:

SPECIALTY AWARDS

Cinema Carolina | $200

Best independent film made in North or South Carolina, regardless of category, content, or subject. 75% of the principal photography must take place in North or South Carolina to be eligible for this award.

Woman To Watch | $200

Best Female Director Award. All female directed films in each category are eligible for this award.

Best Student Film | Collegiate | $100

Student films are eligible when created by a student filmmaker enrolled in a collegiate program while in production. All student films from each category are eligible for this award.

Terry Roueche Audience Choice | $100

Official Selections are eligible for the Terry Roueche Audience Choice Award. At each block that features Official Selections, the audience is invited to vote for their favorite Official Selection. Director’s Choice films are not eligible.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

Filmmakers may submit multiple entries. Each film must be submitted separately and a separate entry fee must be paid per film.

All submissions must be in English or subtitled in English, with the exception of films submitted in the Experimental category.

Films screened at the UFFyc MUST BE York County, SC festival premieres.

The UFFyc reserves the right to include non-competition films in the festival. 

Screening fees are not paid to films accepted into competition.

The UFFyc does not accept rough cuts or works in progress.

Films may not be edited after acceptance to the festival. Accepted films submitted with edits will be disqualified and removed from the screening lineup.

The UFFyc does not edit films for time or content when selected for screening at the Festival or in the Series.

Films produced, financed or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for screening.

Employees of the Arts Council of York County and organizers of the Underexposed Film Festival yc are not eligible to submit films for competition in the Underexposed Film Festival yc.

Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in the Underexposed Film Festival yc. Films are selected on overall quality, production value, community relevance and/or other factors as determined by the screening committee. 

Screeners are non-returnable.

Filmmakers may NOT install banners or posters at the Festival’s screening locations. The Arts Council may provide a table where postcards and small promotional materials advertising films screening at the 2020 UFFyc may be placed.

FEES & DEADLINES

 

EARLYBIRD |  Sunday, October 6, 2019

Standard  |  $20
Student  |  $15

FilmFreeway GOLD | $15

REGULAR | Sunday, November 17, 2019

Standard  |  $30
Student  |  $25

FilmFreeway GOLD | $20

LAST CHANCE | Sunday, December 15, 2019

Standard  |  $35
Student  |  $30

FilmFreeway GOLD | $25

PUPPETRY | Sunday, December 15, 2019

Submissions made to the Puppetry category will be charged at a single fee schedule throughout the submission season.

Standard  |  $20
Student  |  $15

FilmFreeway GOLD | $15

Submissions for the 2020 UFFyc are only accepted through FilmFreeway.com.

ACCEPTED FILMS

 

The selection and scheduling of all films screened at the Underexposed Film Festival yc are entirely at the discretion of the Arts Council of York County's Executive Director and the UFFyc Festival Director.

Films accepted into competition (Official Selections) are not eligible to receive screening fees. Festival entrants will be notified by written correspondence by Monday, January 20, 2020.

Once accepted to the Underexposed Film Festival yc, filmmakers agree and certify that the accepted title(s) will not be edited/altered or withdrawn. The selection and scheduling of all films screened at the UFFyc is entirely at the discretion of the ACYC.
 

LIABILITY

 

The Arts Council of York County (ACYC) and the Underexposed Film Festival yc (UFFyc) will not assume costs of shipping competition entries or associated collateral, nor does the ACYC or the UFFyc provide insurance while in transit to or from the Arts Council's facilities. Do not send original prints or master copies. The ACYC and the UFFyc reserve the right to refuse any entry, and to withdraw any work from the Festival at its discretion. 

All work is the property of the applicant. By entering the competition component of the UFFyc, all entrants consent to give the ACYC the rights to use footage and/or titles and/or information about the submissions for promotional and educational purposes. 

By submitting your film, you are assigning non-exclusive rights to the Arts Council of York County, the Underexposed Film Festival yc and its affiliated sub-venues and to use said film in conjunction with the aforementioned event. The Underexposed Film Festival yc is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt (not to exceed 15% or 3 minutes, whichever is less) from any film submitted and accepted for screening at the Festival for promotional and educational purposes.

Film entries must be submitted by the rights holder(s) or with express written permission of the rights holder(s). By submitting, entrants affirm that they have the right to submit their entry to the Festival and that all clearances and licenses have been obtained, including but not limited to, music, locations, on-camera talent and voice talent. The rights holder(s) will hold the Underexposed Film Festival yc or the Arts Council of York County harmless for any claim involving, but not limited to, claims, liabilities, losses, damages; and expenses involving, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, credits, intellectual property, credits, publicity, screening, or royalty infringement(s) related to submitted work(s). 

The Arts Council of York County and the Underexposed Film Festival yc promote the Festival and the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, social networks, television and radio. We encourage filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screenings to industry professionals, distributors, the press, and the general public. 
 

SHIPPING

 

Final films accepted for festival screenings must be resubmitted digitally. Final cut must be delivered to the Arts Council of York County (or an appointed agent thereof) no later than Monday, February 10, 2020. 

Films submitted to the UFFyc juried competition will not be returned to the filmmakers. Most will be destroyed upon the festival's completion. All shipping costs for entries must be paid by the entrant or the entrant's representative.

FESTIVAL SCREENING

 

No cuts or changes will be made to any film by the Arts Council of York County, however, participation in the UFFyc implies allowing of broadcast on U.S. television and on the internet (excerpt will not exceed 15% or 3 minutes, whichever is less) and for marketing future festivals. If you do not want your film to be used for such purposes, please notify the Arts Council of York County in writing with your submission. Acceptance to the UFFyc also entitles ACYC to use titles and information about the films for the purpose of promoting the festival.
 

Filmmakers whose films are accepted to the UFFyc must provide the following with their festival screening package:
 

SCREENERS

Final films accepted for festival screenings must be resubmitted digitally.

The primary screening format for films at the UFFyc is digital via a Windows-based operating system.

DELIVERY DEADLINE |  Monday, February 10, 2020
          Formatting and delivery instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the UFFyc.


PRESS KIT

          The preferred format for press kit submission is digital, submitted to the UFFyc via email to arts@yorkcountyarts.org.

          The required electronic press kit (EPK) must be received  by the UFFyc no later than Monday, February 10, 2020.
 

If not provided in the submission process:

Synopsis of no more than 50 words,

Summary of no more than 500 words,

Director and producer with short bios, 

An above the line cast and crew list,

Release date,

An up-to-date listing of previous screenings, festivals and awards - including dates,

At least 1 digital, hi-res, promotional or suitable still photo from the film,

     Behind the scenes shots are not acceptable

If Available: Links to accepted film’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

Optional: Film trailers, promos, interviews

Failure to provide any of the above materials, or submission of the film in an incorrect screening format will disqualify the film from the festival.

VIP TICKET PACKAGES | CAST & CREW TICKETS

Filmmakers whose films are accepted into competition at the 2019 UFFyc will receive a maximum of two (2) complimentary VIP passes to the 2019 UFFyc screenings and wrap party. The official representative of accepted films must notify the ACYC of their intent to use the complimentary passes TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO OPENING NIGHT

EMAIL | arts@yorkcountyarts.org

BY PHONE | +1 (803) 328-2787

Discounted ticket packages for the cast and crew must be arranged with the Arts Council of York County’s box office in advance. The official representative of accepted films must reserve the discounted tickets by TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO OPENING NIGHT

EMAIL | arts@yorkcountyarts.org

BY PHONE | +1 (803) 328-2787
 

THEATER

PLOWDEN AUDITORIUM

at WITHERS/WTS BUILDING

ADDRESS:  611 Myrtle Dr.

Rock Hill, SC 29730

 

DINA'S PLACE

 at DiGIORGIO CAMPUS CENTER

ADDRESS: 2020 Alumni Dr.

Rock Hill, SC 29730

arts council of york county

PHONE: (803)328-2787

EMAIL:  arts@yorkcountyarts.org

SCREENINGS

MARCH 27 - 30, 2019

MARCH 27

BLOCK A | 7 -9 PM

MARCH 28

BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM

MARCH 29

BLOCK C  | 3 - 5 PM

BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM

MARCH 30

MASTERCLASS | 10 AM - 12 PM

BLOCK E  | 2 - 4 PM

BLOCK F | 7 - 9:30 PM

Doors open 30 minutes prior to screening time.

HELP

The 2019 Underexposed Film Festival yc

is a part of the

2019 South Carolina Humanities Festival.

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Support for this project is provided by Comporium Communications, the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax & the ACYC Annual Campaign. For visitors information including lodging, contact Visit York County, SC at 888-702-1320. Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Comporium Communications.



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