The Ogeechee International History Film Festival (OIHFF) is going into its fifth year as the world’s longest-running, open-submission international history film festival. The OIHFF, based in Statesboro, Georgia, is devoted to screening and promoting quality historical documentary films from professional, student, and amateur filmmakers from around the globe. It had its inaugural year in 2017 and is a collaboration project between the Georgia Southern University History Department and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB).
Having an open-submission, international festival, allows it to be an outlet for filmmakers across a wide spectrum of experience, from seasoned professionals to people who are just starting out in film.
It is our tradition to screen the the previous year's winning feature film the week before the festival to kick off the new season. We then screen one premier film on the opening night and then begin the jury-screening of the professional film submissions the following day. The last day consists of the competition for student films.

Films are judged according to various tiers.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze certificates of merit are awarded to films that demonstrate excellence in both historical interpretation and filmmaking. At the end of the annual festival submission cycle (December 1 of each year), the review staff will review the Gold merit winners to select the appropriate titles for the February festival screenings. Those films will be judged a second time to select the best short, feature, and student films.

Are you a filmmaker affiliated with a college or university? The Ogeechee International History Film Festival is offering a service of double-blind peer review for use in tenure and promotion decisions. Our reviews typically involve a doctorate-holding historian and a filmmaker with an MFA or Ph.D. degree. Please contact festival director Michael Van Wagenen for more details and submission instructions:

Beginning in 2020, the Ogeechee International History Film Festival will be open submission year-round. This allows for the awarding of certificates of merit on a rolling basis. Films submitted before December 1 will be eligible for screening at the festival in February the following year. Program announcements for the festival are made by the first week of January.

Content: Films must have a focus on history and historical events
Length: Films can be any length, but submission prices vary
-Films one hour or shorter: $10 to submit
-Films over one hour: $20 to submit
Language: Preferred English. Foreign language films are accepted, but must contain English subtitles.
Relevancy: Only films released in or after 2015 will be accepted.
Historical: Must have consulted a historian or interviewed one for information.
Category: Submissions can be in three categories
-High School
*Please note* To qualify for inclusion in any of the student categories, films must be directed, produced, written, shot, and edited by students, though they may perform these duties under the supervision of professionals.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Bystrom

    It was wonderful to have my film selected and recognized from a History Film Festival. They provided outstanding communication and historical film feedback. It was an enjoyable/professional film experience!

    April 2021
  • This was a lovely festival to be a part of. I wish we could've had an in-person screening but communication in the run-up to the festival was clear and their dedicated platform was easy to work with. It would have been nice to do some virtual Q&As or networking to meet the organizers and other filmmakers but other than that, I'm really glad Fugetsu-Do got to be a part of this unique festival.

    March 2021
  • Great festival, good communication and thank you very much for screening my film "Seven Thousand Souls". I wish you a lot of success for the future.

    March 2021
  • Overall a fun small festival, held in a town that is an enjoyable visit just 50 miles or so from Savannah, GA. My impression overall is the Festival staff lean on the small southern town conservative side. One of the staff apologized for the 'language' in my film after the screening, which was a documentary,... giving me the impression documentary 'reality' somehow needs to be apologized for, or censored.

    January 2020
  • Alice Crowe

    So grateful to screen Last Disintegrated School at this incredible festival. Well organized and excellent communication.

    March 2019