Note: We are not an online festival

Because film is important. Because you are important. And because nobody grew up dreaming of one day having their film screen on an iPhone: We are a non-profit organization dedicated to putting films in theaters where they belong. We did this in 2020 while others closed down or moved online, we did it in 2021, we did it in 2022 and we're doing it in 2023!



Comedies, dramas, Mysteries, B-Movies/Cheese, LGBT, Documentaries, TV, Web/Streaming... you name it, we have screened it! It's time you let us screen yours.

***New Covid19 category for all those works completed during quarantine! (including online content) or produced under Social Distancing/Covid-Safe conditions!***

When it comes to film festivals they all claim to be different. But, well, we’re different! We’re perhaps the first film festival to look ahead at what artists will accomplish instead of behind at what they’ve already done. We weren't allowed to hold "Social" events in 2020 but we've already invited in a sound man to talk about audio on a budget, and a filmmaker about indy financing. CROSS YOUR FINGERS! It’s all designed to leave you with more than you came with! Covid19 restrictions may or may not interfere with plans but we'll keep you informed!

Best Picture

Best Documentary
Best Picture (Short)
Best Horror
The Mick Cusimano Award for Best Animation or Art Film
Best Performer
Best Music Video
Best SciFi/B-Movie/Cheese

Best Screenplay Feature
Best Screenplay Short
Most Original Screenplay

ALL DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! We will make every effort to inform our submitters of changes and/or ask permission before rescheduling but, the fact is that the times we are living in leaves us with a lot of uncertainty. Necessity may sometimes require changes.

We reserve the right to alter/delete/amend these rules as we see necessary and to allow exceptions when & where we deem it appropriate, without penalty to any qualifying work previously submitted.

All filmmakers and attendees must be respectful of the films, the staff, other filmmakers and attendees. Under no circumstances will disruptive behavior be tolerated.

We reserve the right to add or remove judging categories at no penalty to qualifying works previously submitted.

We reserve the right to move selections from one category to another as we see fit.

DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS seating may be limited. We are only able to offer a complimentary pass to a filmmaker whose work we have selected for screening, and we recommend that filmmakers RSVP any sessions they would like to attend. LOOK FOR UPDATES! We obviously want to be as inclusive as possible and these things are changing as we speak.

All films will be judged in regards to the genre they were submitted to when possible.

We are a nonprofit staffed by an entirely volunteer crew. Our expenses run into the thousands. Please don't ask for fee waivers.

Prize amounts reflect total value and may or may not include cash, gifts or trophies.

All works should include a title screen. We may be screening films back to back and the audience should know when one ends and another begins. (Really only ever an issue with online content)

All works selected for inclusion within the festival should be available as something other than DCP files. Not all theaters are equipped to play DCP files, especially the independent venues, so there's a possibility that we will never be able to screen them. If you're unsure on what format you should make your film available on, please ask.

Once selections are announced filmmakers must make a screening copy available to the festival within two weeks or it can be disqualified.

NOTE: WE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD A YOUTUBE VIDEO! The easiest method to get us a film is to upload it to FilmFreeway then grant us download privileges. Otherwise Dropbox, Google Drive or good ol' fashioned snail mailing a USB drive works great.

Content that glorifies or advocate hate or violence will not be permitted. This includes bigotry of all kinds such as racism, homophobia and religious intolerance.

All subjects/genres are welcome except pornography, in which we including NC-17. We do not accept pornography and will reject it and not offer you a refund, not after the way you made us watch it.

We highly recommend that films in something other than the English language be dubbed or be available with subtitles. Subtitles preferred.

BEFORE SUBMITTING, if there is any question about your works qualifications or if you need an exception to any rule (film length, for example), contact us FIRST, before you submit! Otherwise, we will not refund the submission fees for unqualified entries that the judges had to watch. So, check with us first if there is any doubt. You may be asked to make your work available to us in order to answer your question.

Permissible works include but are not limited to film narratives, documentaries, animation, internet content and even music videos.

Internet content would be any video produced specifically for streaming/viewing over the internet. This would include webisodes, How To videos, Vlogs or short films.

Works could be produced at any time. There is no date restriction on works.

Because we accept web content, and to keep things fair, there is no premiere status requirement on any work. It's okay if your work has been publicly displayed. Yes, blame the web content producers. Or thank them.

Anyone is free to submit works for festival screenings without restrictions but, any submission from a member of the festival’s staff will be excluded from consideration for awards. We're more flexible with people who submitted works FIRST, and then were invited to join us as staff.

The number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of the Festival. Publicized venues are subject to change in this Post Covid19 world so check for updates!

Works produced by people under 18 years of age must be submitted by an authorized representative (parent/etc.) 18 years of age or older.

By submitting a film a person is certifying that they have every legal right to the work, that they are either the copyright holder or legally represent the copyright holder of the work and that all content (dialogue, music, etc) is either original to the work or that they have obtained all rights and clearances. The submitter agrees to assume all responsibility for damages resulting from the public display of the work, including but not limited to all legal fees associated with copyright infringement claims or contract disputes against the festival or any member of it's staff.

DO NOT use FedEx, UPS or any carrier other than the postal service to ship entries or other materials to our PO Box. The USPS will not deliver materials from private shipping firms to a Post Office box.

DVDs, videos, drives and other materials submitted to the festival become the property of the festival and will not be returned.

Mailed inquires/submissions must include the film representative’s name, the title of the film, any tracking or identification number and all pertinent contact info including physical mailing address. Don't confuse us! The more information you give the less likely we'll be wondering who sent it.

Final selection of films should take place no more than six weeks prior to the festival, assuming you got your entry in before then. If you entered on an extended late deadline then give us another two weeks at least.

We must receive your screening copy within two weeks of your film being selected, or it can be disqualified.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed the applicant may be subject to any fees.

AGAIN, if there is any doubt as to whether your work qualifies or if you need an exception ask FIRST, before you submit! Otherwise, once your entry/payment is processed it will not be refunded. You may have to make your film/video available to us in order to answer your question.

Overall Rating
  • Big Big shout out to everyone at Screaming Ostrich International film festival, very kind and great communication overall , and Thank you for selecting and screening my film JOPEL, wish I could've been there. Cheers!

    November 2022
  • Alvaro Zendejas

    The festival organizers were so open and replied to any inquiries pretty quickly. I was fortunate enough to receive an official selection and was excited to go, it had been some time since I've been to a festival, but there were issues with my passport and I missed it. Luckily though, the festival was kind enough to offer me a link to the closing ceremony. This festival was very attentive and caring, and I will definitely send my future projects for consideration again.

    October 2022
  • Had a blast at Screaming Ostrich, such an honor to have Linnea's Brain screened at the storied West Newton Cinema!

    October 2022
  • We thank and appreciate the Screaming Ostrich Int'l Film Festival for awarding our script, When Pigs Fly, as a Finalist. The festival was well organized and professionally done. Their communication was excellent and kept the entrant informed. We will continue to support the fest in the future. Great job!
    Terry Podnar and Ed Learner

    October 2022
  • Cally Trench

    Thank you very much for including my film. I wish I could have been there!

    October 2022