Returning February 18th - 22nd 2025 & established in 2009, OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and juried. It also gives avid moviegoers the opportunity of viewing local and international films at a place known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. OIFF accepts all genres and mediums of filmmaking, including animation, horror, sci-fi, documentary and more. Email if you have any further questions.

Oceanside International Film Festival is a recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization. CA Tax ID – 87-2146850

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 provides Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and or the Oceanside Int'l Film Festival Impact Award to select Honorees and may also award cash Scholarship Awards to participating student filmmakers certain years. Special Awards of this nature are to be announced closer to festival dates.

Screener & Exhibition Formats: Filmmakers will be notified if their work is selected for festival screening / becomes an Official Selection by December 27th, 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, please be ready to provide a digital screener for exhibition purposes (Pro-Res, MOV, MP4, etc. all acceptable).

Copyright & Exhibition Material: Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) is not responsible for the origin of video and music content submitted by filmmakers. Legal responsibility and 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 can result in immediate, non-refundable disqualification from consideration.

Films may not promote the agendas of hate speech, hate crimes, prejudice or xenophobic ideology, nor be comprised of material deemed obscene in nature. Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) does 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. Content and trigger warnings for accepted works shall be provided live to attending audiences prior to screenings.

Overall Rating

    Absolutely amazing Festival, and it was truly an honor to be included!

    March 2024
  • Marianne Williams

    OIFF is a beautiful fest at a historic California theater. Wonderful organizers, programming and audience. Thank you for screening Stunner 🖤💚 an honor to be included and a pleasure to attend!

    March 2024
  • Hong-rae Lee

    I love you Oceanside International Film Festival! It was a great honor!

    March 2024
  • OIFF is a wonderful festival. This was my first time attending, and they screened my short film, 13 Steps, to a fun and enthusiastic audience of filmmakers and locals. The venue is great, with a huge screen and awesome sound. The staff was warm and welcoming and really made an effort to talk to each of the filmmakers and create a nice environment for networking. Another thing I loved was the Q&A. So many festivals fail at this part, which is a shame because it's important to the filmmakers. The host was lively and engaging; we were each provided our own microphones, and the curated questions were thoughtful and showed that they really watched and cared about each of our films. I will definitely submit my next project to OIFF. Thank you for a lovely event.

    February 2024
  • Zeshaan Younus

    Hard to put into words how meaningful our experience was with the Oceanside International Film Festival. A truly incredible team who provided such care and consideration for our film. The venue was great and the audience was engaged. Thank you, Sterling, Carly, and the entire OCIFF family. It meant the world to be included and recognized.

    February 2024