The Oxford International Short Film Festival (OXISFF) celebrates the diversity and creativity of short films.

We are currently running online from 8th May - 23 July. Find out more by following our website link.

Our inaugural festival ran in March 2019 showing over 90 short films including the 2019 BAFTA winning animation Roughhouse. We also held a number of Q&A sessions with filmmakers including one with two time Academy Award winner Paul Franklin (Inception and Interstellar).

View the 2019 Festival Trailer here:

We believe short films are an art form which deserves to be experienced in unique and beautiful surroundings, on a large screen with an enthusiastic audience.

We are located in the heart of the historic university city of Oxford, on the same road where Inspector Morse, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien famously all enjoyed a tipple; a mere stone's throw from Hogwarts' Dining Hall.

The 2020 festival will be held in the beautiful setting of St John's College at The University of Oxford. Films will be shown throughout the day, and during the evening there will be an awards ceremony before we retire to the College bar.

We are excited to be accepting both fictional and documentary entries for our 2020 line-up and plan to expand the number of talks with industry specialists and Q&As with filmmakers.

We are looking for short films with great stories which stir the emotions, have strong characters and unique voices or evocative worlds. Selected films will be considered for awards which are judged by a panel of local filmmakers prior to the event across various categories.

We are particularly keen to invite selected international filmmakers to attend and are able to offer limited on site accommodation at an extremely discounted rate (£45 per night).

Being filmmakers ourselves, we know how frustrating it can be to submit a film but not know the reason why the film has not been selected. We would like to see this change, so if your submission was unsuccessful and you would like to know why - please let us know and we will try our best to provide some brief feedback for you! We'd like to think this is one of the things which make our festival unique.

For International filmmakers and attendees of our 2020 Festival on 28-29 March, please see the latest covid-19 (coronavirus) updates here:

Want to win an award? Shortlisted films will automatically be considered for any eligible awards in the following categories:

Trophy awards:
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Lead Actor
- Best Lead Actress

Technical certificate awards:
- Best Cinematography
- Best Screenplay
- Best Editing
- Best Production Design
- Best Music Score
- Best Sound
- Best Special Effects

We also offer a number of additional award certificates for best genre films and the Audience Choice award.

1. Eligibility

1.1 Your film (including credits) should ideally be under 20 minutes. Slightly longer films may still be considered, but this is down to the discretion of the festival (and we strongly recommend you get in contact with us before submitting if this is the case).
1.2 The film must have been completed on or after 1st January 2017.
1.3 Any film not in the English language must contain burned-in subtitles.
1.4 Any work submitted must be the completed version. We will not accept any works-in-progress.
1.5 You must own or obtain all clearance rights for any of the material you submit to the festival.
1.6 Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the festival but the submission fee must be paid for each film.
1.7 We do not require premiere status.

2. Payment

2.1 All submissions must be entered online via FilmFreeway and paid via credit card.
2.2 All fees are non-refundable.
2.3 The festival and its organisers will not be held accountable for any costs, damages or legal responsibilities incurred by the submitting party.
2.4 The submitting party shall indemnify the festival and its organisers from any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to legal fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

3. Film Selection

3.1 We will aim to contact all submitting parties on the notification date.
3.2 Any film shortlisted by the festival must be distributed electronically to the festival organisers within two weeks of the notification date. Failure to do this likely to result in the film being deselected.
3.3 Films should be delivered in mp4/mov format (minimum 1080p quality) and encoded using h.264/AAC.
3.4 The submitting party will allow festival organisers rights to use promotional material associated to the submitted film (such as posters, trailers, photos, short clips) for related festival purposes.
3.5 No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme by the filmmaker after it becomes an official selection.
3.6 All response to filmmakers will be by email.

4. Screenings and Awards

4.1 All attendees must be aged 18+
4.2 Audience numbers are limited, so film screenings will be ticketed. We will aim to give priority to shortlisted filmmakers. Selected filmmakers will also be invited to the private awards party after the screenings.
4.3 Award entries will be judged by an independent panel on their artistic or technical quality.
4.4 If the filmmaker wins an award but is not present to collect at the awards ceremony, we reserve the right to charge a small handling fee (should the filmmaker want us to post the award to them).
4.5 Festival attendees are responsible for travel and all other expenses.
4.6 Food and drink is strictly prohibited in the auditorium area. We do not offer food or drink at the venue, but there are plenty of nearby cafes, restaurants and shops.

Overall Rating
  • Celeste Koon

    Oxford International Short Film Festival was one of the highlights of my year. They are so supportive, kind, and love short film! It was a great opportunity to meet new people and get a peek and some fantastic short films.

    August 2020
  • Sema Basharan

    A truly fantastic festival, run by amazing people with such passion for independent short films. Hats off to the team who didn't let Covid19 get in the way of showcasing our films and creating a great experience for filmmakers. An honour to be part of it. Highly recommended.

    August 2020
  • Dave Tolchinsky

    Great festival, great films, great experience, great networking, great communication, really nice/classy people, highest recommendation for this festival.

    July 2020
  • Meeshelle N

    The OXISFF is run by an amazing group of people who are passionate about film and filmmaking. They did such a great job (during the strange time of covid19) to create an inviting virtual space for us filmmakers. And! The awards ceremony was one of the best things I've attended in months! I highly recommend this festival and hope to meet everyone in person next year.

    July 2020
  • Grace Reinhold-Gittins

    OXISFF was the first film festival I got into with my debut short film. Due to Covid-19, the festival was no longer able to take place at the location and was instead based online. Somehow, they really made it work ! I was involved in an excellent Q&A session which was incredibly informative and fun, where I did a lot of networking and have stayed in touch with fellow filmmakers. They went out of their way to make me feel apart of the whole process and I feel honoured to be apart of OXISFF 2020. I was even lucky enough to win an award for Best LGBTQ Short Film! Can't wait for next year.

    July 2020