Arizona Underground Film Festival is Arizona’s premier genre cult film festival, and one of the most recognized underground film festivals in the country! We make it our sole mission to showcase the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. We are on a quest to represent every genre of independent film from across the world celebrating the artist, and their work.


The Festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If your film is accepted we will notify you via email no later than August 31st, 2024. In most cases we will notify you earlier, depending on when your film was submitted. If accepted, your presentation copy will need to be delivered to us by September 5th, 2024. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. Films selected to screen at the Festival will get their own web page on our website with picture and video capabilities. Filmmakers with films that are accepted to the Festival will receive a complimentary Full Access Festival Pass (a $95 value), which will get you into all Festival events for the duration of the 2024 Festival. Our FAQ page has more information on the Full Access Festival Pass. Click here to go directly to the Full Access Festival Pass information on our FAQ page.

Return of submissions

Due to high cost of shipping submission materials and videos will not be returned unless special arrangements are made with the filmmaker beforehand. If you need to make arrangements to get your submission returned please contact us via the Contact page.


Did you know that most films that screen at the Arizona Underground Film Festival get picked up for distribution from their screenings at the Festival? We are proud to screen films that distributors want to pickup, and many distributors continue to help sponsor the Festival every year. It’s one of the many reasons to submit your film to the AZUFF.

Having problems submitting your film? Need to talk to us about presentation? Have any other questions not covered in the FAQ page?

Contact us any time using our easy Contact page. There you will also find our mailing address and staff information.

You can submit your film through FilmFreeway:

Submission Deadlines

February 13, 2024

Opening Date

April 21, 2024

Earlybird Deadline

June 16, 2024

Regular Deadline

July 21, 2024

Regular Deadline

August 17, 2024

Extended Deadline

August 31, 2024

Notification Date

September 20 -28, 2024

Event Date

18 Awards! 9 Catagories!

Best Narrative

Feature and Short

Best Horror

Feature and Short

Best Experimental

Feature and Short

Best Animation

Feature and Short

Best Documentary

Feature and Short

Best Exploitation

Feature and Short

Audience Award

Feature and Short

Director’s Award

Feature and Short

Best of Fest Award

Feature and Short