Held among the spectacular rivers and bluffs of the Driftless Region in Northeastern Iowa, the Oneota Film Festival, OFF, brings compelling, innovative, and inspiring films and filmmakers to Decorah, Iowa. Through film and other media that illuminate the human condition, OFF aims to engage a large and diverse audience in the critical issues of our time.

OFF invites documentary, narrative, animated, web/tv/new media series epicodes and student films for its 9th annual festival April 19-22, 2018. All films submitted will be juried by an international panel of filmmakers and film scholars. Festival events include: screenings of 50+ films, discussions, and panels with invited filmmakers and local/regional experts; an opening night Gala; Filmmakers Reception Saturday evening; and special events in conjunction with host Luther College and the Decorah community.

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and will receive free admission to the entire festival and all events. Come interact with an educated, involved audience!

Awards are offered in each film category, in addition to an Audience Choice award.

Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Documentary Feature (30+ min)
Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Narrative Feature (30+ min)
Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Documentary Short (less than 30 min)
Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Narrative Short (less than 30 min)
Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Animation (any length)
Walter Ordway Best of Fest (juried) Web/TV/New Media Series
Best of Fest Student Film Awards (juried): narrative, documentary, animation

Member's Choice Best of Fest Award (non-juried)

OFF accepts films that focus on the issues of our time including environmental, social justice, arts, adventure, fitness, eco-travel, food/agriculture and creativity as well as films that address all aspects of the human condition.

Films are accepted on a rolling basis until January 5, 2018. Decisions on film selection and awards lies solely with OFF, including the right to select or reject any or all films, and will be made no later than February 15, 2018.

Once accepted, filmmakers will be required to send a highest-resolution digital version of the final cut of the accepted film (.mp4 or .mov preferred) by March 1, 2018, as well as a functional DVD of the film for backup and to be included in our Member's Only Film Lending Library.

The Oneota Film Festival is unable to offer waivers at this time and does not pay screening fees for submitted films.

Overall Rating
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    Wine Diamonds

    The Oneota Film Festival was a very wonderful experience for our team. The communication from the organizers was great, the audience for our screening very positive and interested, and the evening event was really good. We had an opportunity to chat with other skilled filmmakers and community members. Thank you from the Wine Diamonds film team!

    April 2017
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    Margaret Orr

    This festival is so clearly rooted in it's community. Decorah is utterly charming, and the residents really come out for this event. I was completely welcomed into the fold and met so many kind and enthusiastic people. All but the early morning screenings were packed, and even those had a respectable audience. The festival organizers made a real effort to introduce filmmakers to each other and ensure that the filmmakers felt welcomed and appreciated. One was even kind enough to get in touch with me a few weeks after the festival and send me a local newspaper article with my photo in it! I had a wonderful time and would love to come back!

    May 2016