Returning February 20th - 24th 2024, & established in 2009, Oceanside Intl Film Festival officially kicks off a season of film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the Fall. OIFF is an opportunity for independent film makers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives the film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. email if you have questions.

There are many opportunities to win an award through OIFF! The festival presents awards in Best-of Categories as chosen by both the Festival Grand Jury. These Categories are;
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Narrative Short
-Best Feature Documentary
-Best Short Documentary
-Best Best Animation (Any Length)
-Best Student Film (Any Length)
-Best Best Picture (Any Length)

Please note that Music Videos are also welcome to be submitted at anytime under the narrative short or student film categories. In addition to this, OIFF has expanded our awards categories to include outstanding achievement in industry roles with the following tiers;
-Best Direction in a Feature
-Best Direction in a Short
-Best Lead Actor (Any Length)
-Best Lead Actress (Any Length)
-Best Supporting Actor (Any Length)
-Best Supporting Actress (Any Length)
-Best Cinematography in a Feature
-Best Cinematography in a Short
-Best Screenplay (Any Length)
-Best Editing in a Feature
-Best Editing in a Short
-Best Original Score
-Best Art Direction (Any Length)

The Festival also gives special lifetime achievement awards to annual honorees and scholarship awards to participating student filmmakers.

Screener & Exhibition Formats: Filmmakers will be notified if their work is selected for festival screening / becomes an Official Selection by January 6th, 2024. FilmFreeway Secure Online Screeners, Youtube or Vimeo Links are OK for submissions. No hard copy screeners will be accepted. If made an official selection of OIFF 2024 12th running event, please be ready to provide a digital screener for exhibition purposes (Pro-Res, MOV, MP4, etc all acceptable). If files are mailed in on a thumb-drive or similar physical storage device, please include pre-paid postage with your submission if devices are desired to be mailed back. Drives can be mailed in at - OIFF 2024- 2885 Todd St. Oceanside, CA 92054

Copyright & Exhibition Material: Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) and Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) are not responsible for the origin of video and music content submitted by filmmakers. Legal responsibility for any copyright infringement due to questionable origin of content belongs exclusively to the submitter/filmmaker. Submitting work that does not meet legal ownership of the filmmaker will result in immediate, non-refundable disqualification from consideration.

Films may not include or promote the agendas of hate speech, hate crimes, prejudice or xenophobic ideology, nor be comprised of material deemed extreme or pornographic in nature. Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) and Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) are not responsible for any immoral or criminal past of submitters/filmmakers. It shall not be a responsibility of OIFF or OCAF to conduct background checks of submitters/filmmakers. Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) and Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) do not offer parental guidance according to criteria and standards of Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. Parental guidance disclosure is not mandatory and is the responsibility of submitters/filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • Ken Glaser

    I attended on February 24 for the showing of my animated music video "A Biker's Dream." I was impressed by the supportive festival staff and great attendance (in contrast to most festivals I've attended, the majority of attendees were NOT associated with the films, but just members of the surrounding community). OIFF knows how to promote their festivals. Great Q&A session afterward, too, with interesting questions posed by the audience.

    March 2023
  • Jon Matthews

    Loved this festival!!! Amazing program and incredibly hospitable staff. A hometown feel with high production value. Well worth the entry fee!

    March 2023
  • David Liban

    The Oceanside International Film Festival is a small event but very well organized and lovely people running the event. I was so glad I could be there and was very pleased with the turnout and laughs and screams in all the right places.

    March 2023
  • Theresa Eschbacher

    It was lovely being a part of Ocean International Film Festival. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend personally, but my friends who were, loved being there! Thank you so much

    October 2022
  • Thank you Oceanside for awarding "You are Me & I am You" Best Short Documentary as well as for Best Direction in a Short Film. What an incredible honor! I only wish we could have attended in person. Perhaps on a future film...

    March 2022