Packed houses, dazzled eyes, and more fun than is reasonable, Drunken Film Fest is thrilled to return to Oakland for its third year! Same team, same venues, all new selection of world-caliber independent films!

Drunken Film Fest is a FREE, week-long festival of local & international films, music videos, and documentaries screened at The Town's best bars! To see a full list of venues visit our website.
We're here to make the film festival experience available to everyone without sacrificing any of the quality of major festival programming, so all screenings are free and open to the public. Send us your work to help get Oakland "drunk on film"!

The Award winners in all categories (US Narrative, World Narrative, Documentary, Local, Avant Garde, Animation, Music Video) will receive a custom-made copy of their film on sparkling, crisp VHS, box art and all!

All award winners will also receive a review in Film inquiry (

1. All entries must be through FilmFreeway.

2. All films must be available to be screened in the United States and be free of licensing fees.

3. All films must be available as an h.264 .mp4 or pro res .mov.

4. All films must have been completed after 01 January 2019.

5. No more than 3 submissions per person, without prior approval. Submitting more than 3 films without approval will result in immediate disqualification.

6. Submissions must not be freely available online at time of entry (excepting music videos).

7. Films made in languages other than English must include subtitles.

8. Please include copy of Student ID with all student film submissions.

9. By entering Drunken Film Fest Oakland, you give the organizers of the festival permission to screen your film and to use any promotional stills or descriptions for festival advertising.

Overall Rating
  • Jarred Gregory-Grimes

    First film and first fest! ad it couldn't be at the bars, but glad there was something happening in this time when everything seems so dark. Thanks to all at DFFO who put together an all around awesome program and festival! Hope to see you all soon at the bars one day... Until then stay safe!

    October 2020
  • Fu Yang

    Thanks to Drunken Film Festival for screening TellTale in this year's program-- It was special that this year we not only could watch films safely onsite but also could have short film marathon at home then see the Twitch chats spreading so much love and support from the DFFO Team and the community-- Thank you for putting together the events so well!!
    Highly recommend to submit your short to DFFO and watch all the great work together.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Fu, such an honor and pleasure programming your work and having your support!

  • Alexandre Dubé

    Great festival! Really happy that I was part of it :)

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Really happy you were too! 🌌

  • Carmen Pelaez

    I loved being a part of this festival. They were organized, clear, have us a ton of opportunities to promote our film-can't recommend enough!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    <3 🥭

  • Adam Piron

    I wasn't able to make my screening, but Arlen was so hospitable and took a lot of care in communicating everything that he needed on my end. I'm really bummed I missed this, but I'm definitely planning on coming back for 2020 to check out some of the programs. It's a great festival and amazing in that it's programmed to actually show a slice of Oakland and the Bay Area that most incoming filmmakers might not otherwise get to see. The programs themselves were really well curated and slotted and it was a dream to see my film in such a cool lineup.

    December 2019
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