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 episodes and student films for its 12th annual festival March 2022. All films submitted will be juried by an international panel of filmmakers and film scholars. Festival events include screenings of 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 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! A limited number of small travel stipends are available to filmmakers. Please contact email@example.com for details.
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. Filmmakers and world travelers, Luther College grads Walter Ordway and Kyrl Hendersen conceived of the Festival as a way to connect filmmakers and audience members.
Films are accepted on a rolling basis until October 31, 2021. Decisions on film selection and awards lie solely with OFF, including the right to select or reject any or all films, and will be made no later than January 5, 2022.
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 January 15, 2022, 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 fee waivers at this time and does not pay screening fees for submitted films.