The Oneida Film Society (OFS) presents the first Oneida Smartphone Film Festival (OSFF) in Oneida, Wisconsin. The theme for OSFF is Telling Our Own Stories. The OSFF's vision is to create a film platform providing an opportunity for novice and experienced filmmakers to incorporate talent and creativity into a 3-10 minute film captured on a smartphone or tablet. We are looking for stories that represent diverse Native communities and inspire individuals to promote self-discovery, connection, and build relationships with others. Submissions will narrate belief, culture, and personal stories. Films submitted must be new creations that have not been submitted before. Submission is free.

Free film workshops will be available for participants from July-October 2019. Visit website for details. We invite you to create your own movie poster that will be displayed at the film festival night in November 2019. Movie posters submitted will be displayed at the film festival and yours to take home.

The Oneida Community Education Center and Arts Program is not responsible for the content of any film. This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation Community Education Center and Oneida Film Society.

Up to $2,000 in cash prizes!

To submit your film, create an account on FilmFreeway and upload. Individuals must create 100% of their film using only a smartphone or tablet. Participants are allowed to use editing platforms or websites to modify their films before submission.
Due to popular demand, all submissions are due on October 30, 2019. More than one entry may be submitted; however an official submission form must accompany each film submission. Submission forms can be found on our website and must be sent to after submitting films to FilmFreeway.

All films received will be screened by a committee with letters of acceptance by November 8, 2019. The OSFF will showcase all qualified films in November 2019. Visit our website for more information. Employees of the Oneida Nation Community Education Center and Arts Program are not allowed to submit a film for a prize.

OSFF is granted the right to utilize any films submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Film Festival for promotional purposes. The individual submitting the film understands and accepts these terms. Film meets the PG rating. The Oneida Community Education Center and Arts Program is not responsible for the content of the film. If not submitted by the extended deadline October 30, 2019 the film will not be accepted.

-Wisconsin Resident
-3-10 minute film captured 100% on a smartphone device or tablet.
-Film meets festival theme

All entrants will receive an acceptance letter by November 8, 2019.

1. OSFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project submitted. All submitted materials become the property of OSFF for internal and archival purposes. Participant understands that they obtain all the distribution rights and authority to submit the film.

2. By submitting a film entry, participant acknowledges that OSFF has the right to copy and download any submitted material and use images for OSFF promotional use. Promotional use may include a clip of any accepted film being included in a radio or TV program, or in a festival trailer for the Oneida Smartphone Film Festival.

3. Awards will be given to Director 1 at the film festival night. If selected for an award, participant understands that disbursement of prize winnings is determined by Director 1 to distribute to their group.

4. By submitting a film entry, participant acknowledges that they have read and agree to abide by these Rules & Terms of the Oneida Smartphone Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • The Oneida Smartphone Film Festival will always be dear in my heart. This year's edition brought an amazing array of documentaries and movies, many of them created by young talents. The communication, organization, hospitality were impeccable. I am honored to have received an Honorable Mention award. Cash awards are set for every category, and attending the ceremony was special not only for the screening of my documentary short, but because I had the chance to network with many key folks within the Oneida Community Education Center. They printed all movie posters and we got to bring them home was well after the awards/screening ceremony. The Radisson was a great facility to host this as well: roomy, comfortable, with great food and amenities. One of the few festivals worldwide that value telling your own stories through a smartphone. I plan to come back next year.

    November 2019