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.

Awards & Prizes

The Festival Recognizes and Awards All Competitive Categories.

Rules & Terms

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Once a Project has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.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

    I was a finalist in the 2017 Global Script Challenge. The staff was beyond incredible, staying in touch with entrants despite three earthquakes. They made lemonade out of a lemon situation, and moved events online whenever they could. I felt their class and concern from the east coast in the United States. Sending them best wishes for the 2018 festival. They deserve every success.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Caitlin,

    Thank you so much for taking a moment and sending in your comments.

    We hope to see you in Oaxaca Next Fall,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Jake Teeny

    This festival really kept you up to date with what was happening with the festival and what opportunities were available--and they kept everyone informed after the earthquakes and of the impact on the area. The focus became community and there is no higher goal than that!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Jake,

    Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Best of luck with all future endeavors,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    carlos aguilar

    it is great festival, good people

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Carlos,

    Gracias y buena suerte!

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Kathleen Mullin

    Sadly due to the series of three earthquakes in the region this year's festival was cancelled. The organizers have been so wonderful during this entire process and my heart goes out to them all. They are amazing people to work with and I am sorry I wasn't able to meet them in person.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Kathleen,

    Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to write a review.

    Best of luck,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest

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    Daniel Grasskamp

    I was unable to attend the event this year but the Oaxaca FilmFest team were lovely to work with and very helpful. I am proud to have my film selected at such a great festival.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Daniel,

    Thank you for participating and thank you for taking the time out to write this review.

    Best of luck,

    Team Oaxaca FilmFest