It's happening! Drunken Film Fest is thrilled to return to Oakland for its fifth year! Drunken Film Fest is a FREE, week-long festival of local & international films, music videos, and documentaries screened at The Town's best bars! 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"!

Last year we were overjoyed to return to our bars, as well as the parking lot that helped made the 2020 fest possible, to hold a wonderful and safe in-person festival; it was so much fun! We also did the hybrid thing, bringing most of the films to movie friends near and far via the wonders of modern technology. All. For. FREEEEEE!

For DFFO '22 envisioning more of the same, great films in great places with great people all around!

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!

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 2021.

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
  • Alessia Cecchet

    This festival is awesome. Free and fantastic films in great venues. Keep up the good work!!!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    You're awesome! We'll do our best!

  • Eddy Falconer

    The best. Really nice people, lovely atmosphere at screening, very solid programming.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Eddy, was wonderful to meet and have you out to your screening!

  • 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
    Response from festival:

    Jarred! Sorry, just seein this but thanks to you for makin us your first! we'll never forget it and see you this year hopefully at bars!

  • 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! 🌌