The Ocktober Film Festival (OFF) is one of the few film festivals that is housed in its own NY movie theater. OFF serves as a platform for artist to express themselves through film and new media. We are proud to announce that as an established film festival we are listed on IMDB.

The Ocktober Film Festival is heavily involved with the independent filmmaking community and therefore, has become a trusted resource for emerging and established filmmakers. OFF has showcased some of the best visionaries and creatives from around the world. This year we will be expanding our efforts to include more opportunities for all of our selected filmmakers. Including a limited theatrical run for our Best Feature Film and Documentary.

We look forward to providing useful information that will enrich and empower the filmmaking community. Educational workshops in acting, writing, filmmaking, producing, distribution and financing will be available to all of our filmmakers and guests.

We invite you to join us this year at Ocktober Film Festival! We are certain this will be a valuable occasion that welcomes diversity and admiration for meaningful art. We look forward to seeing you at the Ocktober Film Festival 2024!

Best Feature Film - Limited theatrical run at Stuart Cinema
Documentary - Limited theatrical run at Stuart Cinema
Best Short Film - Your film will screen as part of Block Buster Movie Pre-Show
Best Web Series - One free theatrical screening, with proceeds going to filmmaker.
Music Video - Screening In our movie theater cafe for 30 Days following the festival.

DEADLINES: Deadlines are firm. No exceptions.

SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled in English

There are no restrictions on when your film was shot, we are accepting projects created before 2024.

AFTER SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: In order for your title to be included in the Festival, you must agree to provide the following materials to OFF within 14 days of acceptance:

1. For film, at least one screen shot of the title, and box art if available. Image must be in jpg format, 300 dpi,
2. A trailer of the film as MP4 file.
3. Exhibition format(s) of your project, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance (.mp4 or .mov file sent in downloadable link).
4. Copies of press releases and additional press materials.

OFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility ( The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • A great festival with opportunities to expand my projects to other markets...

    October 2022
  • Moonlight Media

    We loved everything about this festival. The panels were amazing & insightful, and all of the filmmakers were great. There was definitely a sense of community and collaboration, can’t wait for 2023!

    October 2022
  • Jonathan Fisher

    Emelyn, Andre, and the team go above and beyond to make this an extraordinarily worthwhile experience for the filmmakers. It's a teaching festival—and I learned so much! To have had our short doc win an award among such a great slate of films was just icing on the cake. Totally recommended!!

    October 2022
  • Eric Rice

    The Ocktober Film Festival was very welcoming, informative and supportive to me as a filmmaker. This was an all around awesome experience. I'm so glad I submitted to this festival. I am thankful that my film When We Try won Best Feature Film. You should attend this festival and definitely submit if you have a film.

    October 2022
  • Ocktober Film Festival is still one of New York City's best festivals 10 years later. I was in the festival in 2014 and it's now my tremendous honor to have won best music video at the festival's 10th anniversary in 2022! Winning an award at Ocktober Film Festival has incredible value because of all the hard work that Founder Emelyn Stuart and her staff puts into making the festival not only inviting, inclusive and entertaining but also educational. The industry professionals that come to the festival not only give discussions and workshops about how business functions in the industry, but there is also a chance to connect with these professionals so they can see who you are and what you're working on, because to make it in this business it's not who you know, it's who knows you!

    October 2022