18th Oakland International Film Festival
September 17-27th, 2020.

Our theme is "The People". Think of two previous slogans "We The People" which headlines the American Constitution and "All Power To The People" promoted by The Black Panther Party for Self Defense "mixed into this years theme- " The People".

The term "The People" is nothing new. Its been and will continue to be used when groups of people organize and transition from being just individuals, but some form of governance which says "We are here! We demand equality! We demand justice! We can do it ourselves!

During our 10 day event, OIFF18 will showcase films, host parties, conferences, panel discussions centered around the theme of "The People."
Here in Oakland, our daily vision of community development is called Familyhood.
Familyhood defines schools as the center of a communities development. In short, Familyhood is the collaboration of the schools Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association.

Familyhood is driven by two motto's 1) Every school shall have a functioning Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association, and Alumni Association and 2) Every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store.

In short, the schools Familyhood plan/manage the school garden, farmers market, grocery store.

Since schools are all over the world, our vision is to connect schools globally.

Our event is to showcase community development from "the people" all over the world.

Join us in September!

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
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    A truly wonderful experience! I highly recommend them. They were incredibly professional and supportive.

    April 2020
  • Beautiful website, great communication and a lovely venue. Quality of films varied with some tech difficulties in projection but the crowd was enthusiastic and supportive.

    January 2020
  • We screened on closing night with a great film (Le Vice) and it was great! Loved it! Thank you to Dave and the organizers. For the first time I got to show in front of a packed house over 250 people. The audience and the Q&A were epic. Last question came from the security guard asking if we could wrap it up! And then the after party. The whole experience exceeded anything I could have asked for. I'll be returning whether I have a project or not.

    July 2018
  • Donna Roberts

    Great Festival. Intreating venues and partnerships. Closing evening was amazing with original cast from Roots Series speaking and presenting awards..
    We won Best Documentary!

    May 2017
  • Thank you so much for your nice festival

    April 2017