After eight incredible seasons, here is what others are saying about Oaxaca FilmFest.

"Oaxaca FilmFest, simply the best Festival experience on the planet."
-Spotlight Magazine

"Oaxaca FilmFest is a destination festival that every indie filmmaker must attend at least once!"
-Patricia Chica (Director/Producer/Writer)

“Over 100 sample downloads on Moviebytes since Oaxaca accepted my script in the selection.”
-Jamie Sutliff -Screenwriter

"Oaxaca FilmFest is an event that cannot be missed. It's more than a film festival, honestly. It's a kind of life event."
-Kamal John Iskander (Filmmaker)

“Thank you all for working so hard, and showing us just how strong the people of Oaxaca really are!”
-Danielle Erlich-Screenwriter

“Todo genial. Muchas gracias Oaxaca FilmFest!”
-Rodrigo Tenuta (Filmmaker)

"One of the Top 50 Festivals in the world."
-MovieMaker Magazine

Oaxaca FilmFest, experience it yourself.

The Festival Recognizes and Awards All Competitive Categories.

1. DATES:

The Ninth Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest will be held from October 5-11, 2018 in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico.

2. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Projects submitted to the Festival for consideration may apply to just one category. Please select the category that best fits your project. The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. For more details (INCLUDING DEADLINES) please review all guidelines for each specific category.

3. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED EXCLUSIVELY VIA FILMFREEWAY.

YOU MAY SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT AND PREVIOUS PROJECTS THAT WERE REJECTED MAY BE RE-SUBMITTED IF THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES MADE TO THE PROJECT. YOU MAY NOT RE-SUBMIT A PROJECT THAT WAS PART OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF A PREVIOUS EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.

Language (SUBTITLE POLICY)

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is in Spanish it must have English Subtitles.
-If the film is in English it must have Spanish Subtitles.
-All other languages will be exhibited in the original language and must contain DUAL subtitles both English and Spanish that project simultaneously

**For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English or Spanish the film must have either English or Spanish subtitles.

All screenplays must be in English or Spanish.

Once a Project has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.

4. PROGRAMING:

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project's acceptance status. The Festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.,

The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Projects accepted by the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of the Festival Programming department, in one of the program sections. Applicants may NOT submit their Projects directly to any specific section. The only exception to this policy is exclusively for Mexican Filmmakers who may submit directly to HECHO EN MEXICO OR ESCRITO EN MEXICO sections.

The Film Festival Management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.

5. SELECTION COMMITTEE AND JURORS:

The Selecting Committee will be national and foreign individuals recognized in the cinema and cultural world. The Festival Management will appoint the members of the Official Jury who will assign the Official Awards to the competing sections. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.

The decisions of the Jury will be FINAL.

Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible to adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.

6. OTHER CONDITIONS:

Oaxaca FilmFest DOES NOT pay any screening fees.

Oaxaca FilmFest DOES NOT pay any shipping fees.

Oaxaca FilmFest DOES NOT cover any travel expenses.

Oaxaca FilmFest DOES NOT cover any subtitling expenses.

7. GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the Festival. The Festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The Festival Management will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

A submitted project implies full agreement with this document. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.

Oaxaca FilmFest has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at anytime without notice.

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    Peter Devonald

    Excellent competition, one of the best. Fantastic communication at every step of the way, great feedback. Real buzz about events - online festival start, events and throughout. Highly recommended.

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    Response from festival:

    Peter,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    We hope to see you in Oaxaca this fall at Oaxaca FilmFest 2018.

    Best of Luck,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Michael O'Rourke

    I have been awarded Official Selection in the Global Script Challenge 3 times since 2015. This year I won best Original Script and Best Global Script for my adaptation of “A Tale of Two Cities.” In addition to a superbly orchestrated film schedule and workshops tailored to mastering and promoting screenwriting, the FilmFest is set in the town of Oaxaca, a gem of hospitality, nightlife, museums, and Zapotec ruins. Highly recommended. And remember, writing is rewriting!

    February 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Michael,

    Congrats on all your success to this point.

    Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Best of luck in 2018,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Prema Rose

    Unfortunately, The festival was cancelled at the last minute due to the earthquakes in Mexico. The organizers did everything they could to keep it going but the toll was too much.I had won a finalist award, so it was a sad moment for all.

    I lost a good deal of money from my lodging and airfare costs (although a portion was refunded). It turned out to be hugely expensive.

    I cannot accurately rate the festival. I did find that their communication was less than optimum. When they first published all the winners, they omitted my screenplay (and a few others) by mistake. Later, they rectified the error.

    February 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Prema,

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion of our 2017 edition.

    Congratulations on all your success last season.

    Also I see you submitted again this year-I wish you the very best of luck with the selection team.

    Prema, we take these reviews very seriously and believe it is because of input such as yours we are multiple time winners of MovieMaker’s Top 50 Festivals in the world as well as one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 Reviewed events.

    Yes, you are correct-it is a horrible idea to roll out the selection in waves. It confuses people such as yourself in thinking you have been “left out”.

    This year’s entire selection will be announced and released simultaneously on July 31st.

    As mentioned at the outset we/I carefully read these reviews and take the feedback back to the team to ensure we are meeting our artist’s needs.

    So I am disappointed when I read misleading commentary.

    In 2017, we did have horrible life altering earthquakes that forced us to make a lot of changes to our agenda that did in fact impact you personally, but we most certainly did NOT cancel the event.

    Furthermore, the festival staff worked diligently with your hotel here locally to ensure 100% of your money was refunded. In your specific case, that happened within 48 hours.

    As for your airline ticket purchase in the States. As you are aware of-every airline has a different policy for every single ticket purchase depending on the discount you received and whether they will provide a straight up refund or a voucher. However, the airline policies are completely out of ANY festivals control.

    Thank you again for your feedback.

    Best of luck with the selection team this season and I hope to see you in Oaxaca this fall.

    Ramiz Adeeb Azar
    C.E.O.

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    Keven Joab Uribe

    Me dolió mucho que nuestro país haya sufrido esta catástrofe en 2017 y que se haya tenido que cancelar, mucha suerte este año. A pesar de no haber asistido, el equipo de selección siempre fue muy gentil y rápido con las respuestas, por esa parte al menos puedo decir que fueron geniales! al igual que sus propuestas que había para esta edición.

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Keven,

    Mil Gracias!

    Equipo Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Thomas Graziano

    Great and fast communication, and these people so much passion for film, their community, and the festival itself. Definitely one of the biggest and prominent festivals I've been a part of. I'm eager to submit again!

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thomas,

    It was an honor to have HAWK as part of our 2017 Global Script Challenge.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make a review.

    Best of luck in 2018 and we hope to see you in Oaxaca this October,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest