Ever wanted to have your short film or feature film screened on an actual film print? Now’s your chance! The Steel City Underground Film Festival is a small but passionate two day celebration of horror, arthouse, experimental and weird cinema. The fest takes place in Linz, Austria (aka The Steel City) and it’s hosted by Flesh of the Void director and Sodom & Chimera Productions founder James Quinn. This is the festival’s inaugural (soon to be annual) event.
So how do you submit your work? How do you see it on film? Read on for the details!
All About The Steel City Underground Film Festival
Our mission is not only to show quality films from all around the world, with a clear focus on the bizarre, weird, vintage, visually stunning or generally artistic, or anything else that might fall under “unconventional (though we will screen more traditional and conventional works if we deem it fitting), but also to do so in a way that most films and the filmmakers who made them never get the chance to, which is screening them on 16mm.
Besides hosting screenings of original 16mm prints of films like Nosferatu (1922, with live score), A Trip to the Moon (1902) and Todd Browning’s Freaks (1932), every film selected will get a transfer to a 16mm print, on which it will be screened at the festival. This will, of course, occur at no additional cost for the filmmaker. Steel City Underground Film Festival is a non-profit event that will use the entirety of the submission fees to fund the production of the 16mm prints. By submitting, you agree to allow the festival to keep and archive all prints made for the event. The festival agrees to not screen the print at any time after the festival, unless an agreement is made with the filmmaker. If a filmmaker should find an opportunity elsewhere to screen their film on 16mm, we will make the print available at no cost (shipping excluded).
As mentioned, what we’re looking for are predominantly horror, experimental or arthouse films with strong visuals. This can be anything, from surreal expressionist works to polished and cinematic horror thrillers. We also have a thing for the grotesque and unconventional, so if you have a film that’s weird or seriously messed up, or something that just doesn’t follow traditional horror concepts, we want to see it!
An original 16mm print screening of Nosferatu (1922) with live score? Holy shit!
What Kind of Submissions Are They Looking For?
We don’t have strict conditions for what we choose and just want to see good looking horror shorts screened in a way that most films never get to, on 16mm.
Short films under 14 and features under 120 minutes have the highest chance of being selected. We might still select longer ones though if we deem it a fit for the festival. Shorts can be a maximum of 40 minutes.
Bonus points go to films that were shot on film, no matter if Super 8, 16mm or 35mm.
We have no premiere requirements whatsoever.
Attendance DOES influence selections. Let them know if you can attend the fest. All accepted filmmakers receive free entry to all of the screenings, as well as free entry for one more person.
What Are The Festival Awards?
Even though the focus will be more on giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their films screened on film, and giving them an audience that appreciates that, we do give out a small handful of awards. These will go to:
- Best Feature Film
- Top Narrative Short Film
- Best Arthouse/Experimental Film
- Top Weird/Extreme Film
There are no award statues. The winners will receive a file of a Full HD scan of the 16mm print of their film, giving them their own vintage version of what they’ve created.
When Is It?
Steel City Underground Film Festival takes place from September 21-22. The venue isLinz’s infamous punk rock venue and underground cinema KAPU. There will be DJs and concerts after the screenings each day. Here’s your chance to have a beer with attendees in the KAPU bar downstairs!
Sounds like a good time! To submit your film, head on over to the festival’s Film Freeway site.
What do you think? Will you or a friend be submitting a film to the Steel City Underground Film Festival? Tell us in the comments!