The Ogeechee International History Film Festival (O.I.H.F.F.) had its inaugural year in 2017. Dr. Micheal Van Wagenen and Graduate Assistant Regan Everett decided to start the O.I.H.F.F. in Statesboro, Georgia. The festival would become a collaboration project between the GSU History Department and the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB). At the time of the festival’s conception, the only festival like it was the American Historical Associations Festival which was invitational only. 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. We will 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 will consist of the competition for student films.

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
  • 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
  • We had such a great time at this festival. Thank you so much for choosing our film to not only screen but also as the "Best University Student Film".

    March 2019
  • It is a nice festival. I was honored to be included. Thank you. I hope that I can attend next time.

    March 2019
  • george wingard

    Great festival. I have had the pleasure of screening my films and it was a wonderful experience.

    January 2019