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Oceanside International Film Festival looking for submissions

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The Oceanside International Film Festival announces an open call for submissions from professional and amateur filmmakers.

The festival is accepting works from international and Southern California filmmakers. Serious production organizations and individuals can take advantage of OIFF for exposure to wide audiences and potentially to video distribution companies. Even if filming is a hobby, participants may submit home-made "animations" or "short documentaries" like sports (surfing, skateboarding, etc.) or music videos. No experience necessary, as long as applicable anti-piracy laws and copyrights are respected. Students are especially encouraged to participate.

Held Aug. 16-19, 2012, Oceanside International Film Festival is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives film buffs a jump-start at viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches and artistic freedom.

Between screenings, movie aficionados can visit the famous bungalow house featured in “Top Gun” (starring Tom Cruise), California Surf Museum or the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline – all in downtown Oceanside within walking distance from OIFF. Oceanside is also home to a harbor bustling with restaurants and entertainment, and to the historic Mission San Luis Rey, the largest building in California when completed in 1700s and the most prosperous of the state’s 21 missions, thus earning the name “King of the Missions.”

OIFF is a public event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, which is OIFF’s parent entity and 501c3 non-profit organization.

Among the highlights of the festival will be its traditional red-carpet opening gala, recognition of the industry activists, and closing ceremonies with Best-In-The-Category honorary announcements, Best of Festival Trophy and Audience Choice Award.

The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. Elevating the chances for landing distribution deals for movies is one of the high goals of this non-profit organization. (“Callous,” winner of the last OIFF's Best Feature award, is a movie by Drop Dead Pictures, which -- thanks in part to OIFF -- has been propelled to stardom and is now available on DVD.)


Narrative Feature Films 40 to 120 minutes

Narrative Short Films under 40 minutes

Full Length Documentaries 40 to 120 minutes

Short Documentaries under 40 minutes

Animation Films up to 120 minutes

Student Films up to 120 minutes

Please submit through "Without A Box" HERE.

(Note: Second submission for Student Film category from the same student filmmaker is free of charge. Student Film fee will apply for third submissions. This offer is not valid through Without A Box. Full Length and Short Documentaries may include sports, live performance, and music videos.)

Deadline is June 11. Late fee $10 will apply for submissions from June 11 to July 2. No submissions will be accepted after July 2. Filmmakers will be notified if their work was selected for festival screening by July 9.

No digital files or YouTube submissions accepted. Participants are asked to mail media packages (with printed posters of their movie) only after the film is selected for festival screening. “Adopt a Film Maker” program (local accommodations) may be available for accepted entry participants upon request, subject to availability. Pre-paid postage must be included with submissions if film copies are desired to be mailed back. Filmmakers may mail their submissions only on DVD or Blu-ray to P.O. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051. Call to leave a message at (760) 433-3632 or email OIFF@ocaf.info See OIFF Facebook page for more information.