After 10 runnings the Oceanside International Film Festival moves from August to February. We had an amazing virtual 10 Year Celebration event in August 2020 and with our virtual Reprise Celebration in February 2021 a success we move toward the 11th running and 2022. See Call for entries Now and the festival dates for February 22nd through 27th, 2022.
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 7th, 2022. 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 2022 11th 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 2022 - 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
  • 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
  • Very professional festival! Recommending to every filmmaker! (Thank you for recognizing my student film!)

    March 2022
  • Thanks Oceanside International Film Festival for hosting our short film, "Mar & Cielo", we are very happy for the recognition of our work and we hope we can continue having a great relationship with the festival for future projects. We love how much you care for raising awareness and connecting filmmakers with the local community, congratulations, keep the good work.

    March 2022
  • Johnny Agnew

    It was an absolute pleasure to be involved in OIFF 2022. Thank you for recognising our film and producing such a superb festival. It was an honour.

    March 2022