At this time we are still accepting submissions for the 2020 Festival. We will keep everyone informed of any potential postponement or cancellation. We do expect to run in August and would postpone to fall or winter first before any cancelation.
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. Call to leave a message at 760-433-3632 or email

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)

OIFF is now expanding 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 Actor in a Feature
-Best Actress in a Feature
-Best Actor in a Short
-Best Actress in a Short
-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 July 12, 2020. 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 2020 10 Year Anniversary, 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 - P.O. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051

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
  • Excellent communication from the notification of selection of my film about dates and information of the event. Wonderful team running the Festival, can't thank them enough for the support on my graduate film, as well as those who attended. Thank you Oceanside team!

    September 2019
  • Neil Payne

    Oceanside International Film Festival was one of the funniest and well ran festivals I've been apart of. Great Staff!!!

    August 2019
  • Oceanside Film Festival was an EXCELLENT experience. Wonderful people, nice reception, we won an audience choice!

    July 2019
  • An excellent film festival run by a fantastic team. This is festival is a pleasure to be a part of.

    October 2018
  • Excellent Festival Carly Lou Sterling and Michael are wonderful to work with!
    Highly recommend it!

    August 2018