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)

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 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
  • A HUGE "thank you" to Lou and his staff for pulling off this festival during these trying times. The communication and organization were excellent. We were very grateful to be a part of this festival! We hope to meet in person next year!

    September 2020
  • Stephen Mills

    Oceanside went all out to triumph as a festival in spite of the covid clouds that surround us. Lou and Carly and Sterling made sure their selected films were accessible and their awards ceremony was exciting and well presented as former winners in each category announced the new winners. We were surprised and honored to receive 6 nominations and two awards: Best Cinematography in a Feature and Best Direction in a Feature for Love is not Love. Even online--an award is sweet and carries us on to keep creating. Thank you Oceanside. I hope we can come back either to present or with another film and meet you in person to share and celebrate your great festival. Stephen Keep Mills, writer/director Love is not Love

    August 2020
  • Selket Kaufman

    Thank you for supporting my film!

    August 2020
  • Nora Mariana

    Wonderful festival across the board! Excellent communications, professional team, fantastic support for filmmakers, and an amazingly polished and well-produced awards ceremony -- all amidst a pandemic, no less! Our only regret is not meeting and thanking this team in person! We are humbled to have been selected and honored for ALINA and do hope to submit again in the future. Many thanks to the OIFF team!!

    August 2020
  • It was a great virtual festival this year!

    August 2020