The Ojai Short Fest - bringing together Film, Art and Music all in one weekend in beautiful and magical Ojai!

Come join us and experience an eclectic selection of short films and web-series episodes along with some live groovy music sounds by local and visiting artists. Our inaugural year, 2018, was a grand success with two official selections, “Weekends” and “Period. End Of Sentence” being nominated for the Oscars and “Period. End Of Sentence” winning Best Documentary Short! We are now all geared for 2019 to be a bigger blockbuster season!

Ojai Short Film Fests 2019 addition is accepting the following categories -

1. Narrative and documentary shorts and web-series episodes of any genre, live-action and animation, from all over the world and must tell a unique story with a compelling message. diversity, human interest, sustainable, and conscious lifestyles.

2. Branded content

3. Introducing the Pilot Short Series Pitch Fest! - Accepting short series pilot submissions to be a art of our first-ever pitch fest!
- pilot episode should be 25 minutes or under
- Any genre
- Global and local stories that are diverse, inclusive, compelling, and have the potential to break barriers and set future trends.

SPOTLIGHT: Starting this year, we are introducing the SPOTLIGHT initiative. We will be showcasing select films that tell thought-provoking, innovative and creative storytelling by filmmakers from one particular region in the world. This year our SPOTLIGHT is South Asia.

FUSEMM is a digital interface that will be streaming short form content, both scripted and unscripted. Launched in 2018, the vision is to provide an alternative viewing experience for the ever expanding digital mobile universe.

Audience Choice Award - Film
Audience Choice Award - Web-Series
Best Screenplay Award - Pilot Short Series


1. Duration:
Film/episode must be between 1min and 15min. No more than 15min.

2. Accepting:
- Any genre/sub-genre/experimental
- Narrative/documentary/music video
- Live action and animation

3. Screener:
Please provide a private Vimeo or unlisted you tube link for review.

4. Pilot Short Series - submit a one-page synopsis with character breakdown. After review, we will assess and request the pilot episode.

4. Fee:
Submission fee of $10. This goes towards basic operational costs. Refer fee section for additional details.

5. Selection and Notification:
Filmmakers will be notified by September 6th or earlier. Since this is a bi-annual film festival, should your film be accepted but cannot fit into the current quarter's programming, it will be showcased in the next quarter's screening.

Overall Rating
  • Phil Gomm

    I was unable to attend the Ojai Short Film Festival - but the team's enthusiasm and support for our film was obvious, including some great tweets that really helped propel further interest. Thanks again for selecting us!

    October 2018
  • Judith Eisenberg

    One of the best festivals I have ever been to. The quality of the films was beyond exceptional and the people were warm and welcoming. Do yourself a favor and submit to Ojai Short Film Fest and experience a supportive, intimate, celebration of film makers and exquisite films.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Judith for this heartwarming review! We loved having you at the fest on Oct 6th & 7th! The audience response to your film Secret Lives Of Teachers gave us so much joy! Congrats on being runner-up and receiving the Special Mention Award! We will be sending it to you soon! - Sunil

  • The festival was gracious to screen my short film D.A.T.E even though they had time constraints!!! Thank you once again for giving us this recognition and honour!!! the communications is prompt and the team is very considerate to new film makers..

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Sai for your lovely review! The response to D.A.T.E was so wonderful to see! You were so close in the competition! Well done! Glad we were able to include it this year at the festival! Warmest! - Sunil