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
  • 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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  • Ri Crawford

    This festival is such a treat, the product of the raw enthusiasm of its organizers, it is an art project in its own right. There were a fascinating range of films screened and Arlin (the director/programmer) introduced every one, visibly excited to be sharing them. Bernadette Mcverry, the festival's creative director, hand designed the program depicting all of the films in beautiful and charming illustrations showing they put as much care and attention into the festival as I put into the making of the film. It was an honor to have them show The Moon's Milk. AND- the festival is free!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Wow, thank you so much Ri! So happy that the work shows, though we're pretty confident that we didn't put as much of anything into the fest as you did on your film

  • Jakub Kalousek

    For someone who is looking for the unexpected - in all aspects - got my friends to come to Golds Deli to watch free movie that I, I guess, would never seen otherwise, ... good and bad, but definitely worth seeing , no regrets staying until the end, especially paying street price for a micro-brewed draft and some mystery sandwiches ....

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    never regrets! hope the mystery sandwich turned out in your favor

  • Nathania Zaini

    Drunken Film Festival Oakland is the best film festival I have ever attended. I am glad to be given the opportunity to take part in their festival this year.

    Everything was very well thought of. From the program booklets, poster, merchandise, the selection of amazing films, everything!

 I am very appreciative for the team behind DFFO for being so quick in communicating, for their genuine care for each artist. Considering how big the scale of the festival, I am impressed by how they can still manage to keep it intimate, engaged, and warm. 

DFFO has given amazing opportunities for film enthusiasts, filmmakers, to just come together and experience the magic of filmmaking in a very supportive and friendly environment. Looking forward to more events by Arlin and his awesome crew!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:


    cant wait for more from you and YOUR awesome crew!

  • Ellie Wen

    Amazing festival. So proud to have our film included in this year's incredible lineup! Great vibe, awesome films, diverse audiences, unique locations, professional staff...Thank you for a wonderful experience!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    There'd be no wonderful experiences without wonderful films, so thanks so much for allowing us to "share" (😉) with Oakland and coming out to support!