Oakland Short Film Festival is an event founded by filmmakers for filmmakers.

We aim to create a festival, where independent short films of all genres and countries of origin get the recognition they deserve, where filmmakers can come together and celebrate each other's work, at a fully sold-out cinema, filled with movie fanatics.

Short films have difficulties reaching larger audiences, which is why Oakland Short Film Festival's goal is to showcase the best indie short films of the past years to a large crowd. We aim to show people the high quality of short films, and how they provide a unique film experience, which can be just as rewarding and interesting as watching a feature length film.

If you'd like your film to be one of the screened films, to prove the values of short films, join us in April, 2019 for Oakland Short Film Festival!

Our venue, The New Parkway theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland’s Uptown district, a place where you can enjoy great movies with good food and drinks in cozy couches. We believe that a great venue is the first step in creating a truly valuable film festival, it's the best way to reach the right audience and to provide the best possible festival experience for both the filmmakers and the festival-goers.

The festival program will consist of international short films of different genres. All styles, genres and languages are welcome. Our team of judges, who come from filmmaking and film criticism backgrounds will select the best films to screen for the audience.
We will award winners in different categories:

Best Short Film

Best Documentary Short

Best Drama Short

Best Thriller Short

Best Comedy Short

Best Experimental Short

Best Director

Best Writer

Best Cinematographer

Best Student Short Film

Best Student Director

The winners will be announced at the festival, after the screening, and online the next day. The evening will be closed with a networking party.

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.
Submissions may be selected for screening at Oakland Short Film Festival.
We may require the posters and trailers made for your film, to promote its screening.
All copyright issues regarding the screened films reside with the films rights owners.
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