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 2018 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.

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.

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 2019!

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 2019.

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. If available, a trailer of the program in digital format.
3. Exhibition format(s) of your project, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance.
4. Copies of press releases and additional press materials.
5. We require at least 1 Blu-ray DVD copy for the industry jury of the competition. These DVDs will NOT be returned.

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
  • Joanna Bonaro

    Lovely festival nestled in hipster Brooklyn - Emelyn and her staff are all friendly, supportive and love creators, actors, directors and all involved in making film, tv / web series . Highly recommend. Joanna B.

    October 2018
  • The Ocktober Film Festival in Brooklyn this year was an incredible experience for me. Emilyn and all of the Festival's managers involved are top-notch professionals who really care about encouraging the filmmakers and actors, treated us with respect and kindness, and presented a festival in their new theater/cafe with real class. Thank you to all!

    October 2018
  • Jupiter Leo

    This is one of the best festivals we have been a part of. Our film "Homesick" was selected and they were very accommodating and communicated consistently and professionally. They really care about independent filmmakers and their opening night red carpet event was super organized and it was very easy to identify the other filmmakers for networking opportunities. I wholeheartedly recommend the Ocktober Film Festival.

    October 2018
  • My music video "The Letting Go" was selected/nominated. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the festival. Honored to have had the video screened at the festival.

    October 2018
  • jillian bullock

    My film A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives won best film this year. It was a honor. The staff created a warm, supportive environment for independent filmmakers. Can't wait to come back in 2019.

    October 2018