19th Oakland International Film Festival
September 16-25th, 2021

Due to Covid-19, we are planning another virtual film festival similar to 2020.

Which means everything one might experience with a physical event, i.e. film, conversation with filmmaker from the comfort of their home.

Films selected into OIFF19 will be screened through the Official Oakland International Film Festival website: oiff.org internationally and possibly at theaters in Oakland and The East Bay (depending on Covid-19 by September 2021).

We seek stories of the often voiceless that speak truth to power. We seek to connect these stories to what is happening in Oakland, CA and around the world to inspire community empowerment, equality and justice for all.

If your film is for the people, its for The Oakland International Film Festival.

Peace and love.


Best Narrative Film:
Films that demonstrate originality in storytelling

Best Short Film:


BEST TOWN: "Made in your Town"
A film that best illustrates "THE PEOPLE" in your city, community, neighborhood. Showcase the best group effort towards building community from "the people" up!

I, the undersigned acknowledge and agree as follows: I have read, understood and compiled with all eligibility requirements of categories for which I would like this film to be considered. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and it's competition. I understand that if accepted, all shipping costs of the film/video will be the responsibility of the filmmaker, I agree to allow the festival permission to screen the film/video in the festival and to use portions of the film/video and accompanying photos and publicity materials for promotion and publicity purposes of the Festival. I hold the Oakland International Film Festival ("Festival") and the Oakland Film Society harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise Festival's possession of film.

Overall Rating
  • Carnetta Jones

    David Roach prepared an awesome 19th Oakland international film festival! It was an honor to participate.

    November 2020
  • Attila Rostas

    We would like to pay our long time due duty to thank to David Roach and his Oakland programmer team for the exceptional experience at their 2017 and 2020 editions. Oakland Film Festival does not only screen important films that matter, they also hand pick the socially most relevant productions in every year. Their cinematic, emblematic, grandiose venues like the Holy Name University and Grand Theatre in Downtown Oakland present filmmakers with rewarding moments only filmmakers can truly appreciate. Thank you!

    November 2020
  • 盛 刘

    It was a excitng news which said I have be elected by the Ocaland Film Festival,but after some routine E-mail ware sented to me ,I haven't recevied anything,Committee of OFF haven't sent any informations or photos about the screening to me。I feel a little upset about it.

    November 2020
  • Yucef Mayes

    awesome festival. Can't wait to attend next year in person

    October 2020
  • Preston Chase

    This was such a tremendous event and I was honoured that you made my first film, Mr. Emancipation, a part of this year's festival! My thanks to David and the Oakland International team who were super accessible and very supportive. Hope to return one day but next time, in person

    October 2020