2024 OUFF OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE 11th ANNUAL ORLANDO URBAN MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL (OUFF)
"Where Imaginations Runs WOW"
In Collaboration With
Veterans and Military Performing Arts Awards
Orlando Urban Film Festival Africa (OUFFA)
Labor Day Weekend - August 31 through September 1-2, 2023
CMX Plaza 12 Cinemas Downtown Orlando
Submit your "Feature Films", "Short Films", "Clips", "Avatar Images and Clips", "Metaverse Links", "Metaverse Videos", "AR/VR Projects", "Gaming Videos" "Tic-Tok Videos, or "Screenplays" and see your "PROJECT" on the "BIG SCREEN" and in our "METAVERSE SPACES"
"OUFF Loves Short Films Corner"
"OUFF Loves Best Tik-Tok Videos"
"OUFF Loves Virtual Reality Shorts" includes AR, Avatars, Metaverse Clips, Videos, Games
"OUFF Loves Animation Videos"
"OUFF Loves Web TV and Web Series"
"OUFF Loves Television Series"
"Jump at the Sun - Youth Screenwriter's Workshop"
"Technology Panels - Metaverse Panels; Collaborations in AR/VR, gaming, film, music, art, and publishing, etc.
"Submit your Project and see it in the movies on the "BIG SCREEN"! Network and Meet and Greet Invited Experts, Creators, Recording artists, Publishing and Distribution Companies
The Orlando Urban Film Festival (OUFF), is Orlando, Florida's first and only African American film festival. We are filmmakers and experienced in music, film, technology, gaming, etc. The OUFF Team are business executives with over 20 years of experience and education to help you expose your talent on a large public platform.
We have helped build the careers of many of today's superstar entertainers and filmmakers. OUFF is energized by the diversity and inclusion of global Content Creators and Visionaries who create many different types of cultural films, movies, documentaries, videos, shorts, clips, music, photography, graphics, art, and technology.
The Orlando Urban Film Festival's (OUFF) mission is to help underprivileged African American content creators in film, music, art, and technology publish and perform their creative works in various public venues. We provide them with information and education to help gain exposure and access to sell their products in the major marketplaces.
OUFF's key objective is to help Content Creators display their works in a theatrical setting to the public on a "BIG SCREEN" in major movie theaters, or perform live on large venue stages and in our Metaverse Spaces. We provide Content Creators and their works with much-needed media exposure to help advance their recognition in the entertainment marketplace. OUFF also recognizes, honors, and awards the best talent, and we do not exclude entry of any creative works from other cultures globally.
The OUFF Young Director's Program "Jump At The Sun" teaches young people key communication, visual, public speaking, and media arts skills. The goal is to help young people better communicate and express their feelings through the use of writing, images, audio, media, technology, and visual arts.
By submitting your project to OUFF you agree to abide by ALL of the rules and regulations of the festival.
Film Screenings will be hosted at the CMX Plaza 12 Cinemas Downtown Orlando.
Hotel Sponsors for OUFF 2023 are located in Downtown Orlando, Florida.
For Travel tips to Orlando Florida visit our website http://www.orlandouff.com
The OUFF Hotel offers 2023 OUFF guests the convenience of making reservations via the internet. Please follow the links specific on our website which will enable you easy access to reservations: Visit the OUFF website for details at www.orlandouff.com
Chris Jackson, President
Marianne Eggleston, Founder
Orlando Urban Music & Film Festival
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Short Short
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Web or Television Series
Best Animated Feature/Short
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
OUFF is where the International Urban Film, Television, and Music, content creators come together to join forces to discuss the collaboration, dynamics, and interconnection of images, audio, and music. Content Producers also have a chance to see their film and project works on a "BIG SCREEN" in a state-of-the-art movie theater. This is where seasoned film makers, as well as mid level and students of the proffession get a chance to showcase thier art.
The Content Creators are Visionaries that makes the "movie, music, art" so exciting! Creative Visionaries are a one-of-a-kind group of people with extreme vision and insight into their imagination. Annually OUFF recognizes these powerful Content Creators along with industry movers and shakers. Collaborating side by side is the secret to helping educate up-and-coming talented creators on how to achieve "Super Success" in a very difficult industry to break into.
1. Short Short Films entries 120 seconds to 30 minutes "are eligible" if they have not been previously released in movie theaters and distributed nationally, broadcast on the USA or international television, available for purchase on DVD, or available for full-length viewing online.
There are exceptions to these rules based on individual circumstances which can be reviewed by the Submissions Team via email inquiry. The submission may have been screened in other international film festivals.
Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We may allow a longer-length project for the short film category because some short films can be up to 30 minutes or more in length.
2. OUFF Loves Short Films Corner submissions must be completed after June 1, 2019.
3. Films must be submitted digitally to our FilmFreeway Platform for the OUFF Team to preview "for consideration and acceptance into the festival". This is a film and music, art, and technology festival, and all projects are accepted into consideration and will be selected from their Submission Category. "ACCEPTANCE" only means your project will be "Judged For Official Selection Into the Festival, and It Will Go Through A Full Examination Process".
Once selected as an "Official or Final Selection" The OUFF Judges will determine which films will "be screened and awarded during the 2023 OUFF." Due to the large number of films, music, videos, clips, and scripts received, it takes time to properly manage all submissions. This review process takes about three to four months. Please submit early to be considered for screenings and awards, and please be patient with the OUFF Team. The OUFF created this event to help you, and we thank you so much in advance for your participation!
"Please note: Not all projects submitted are accepted into the OUFF for official screenings."
Do not send film prints, master tapes, DCPs, or other originals. You are fully responsible for your films, music, or material; we are not liable for the loss of your property. "WE DO NOT RETURN SUBMISSION TAPES, DIGITAL, THUMB, OR EXTERNAL DRIVES".
PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY! THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR SUBMISSIONS!
OUFF is a not-for-profit organization that helps filmmakers and creative talent expose their products to the marketplace. It takes a lot of work and time to create and develop this program. If you withdraw or your project is not selected for screening please try again next year!
4. Music Videos and Music entries must be original productions, tracks, scores, songs, or lyrics. By US Copyright law, music must not infringe on any copyrights. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING THE LEGAL RIGHTS IN YOUR PROJECT. OUFF will not be liable for any fees or fines for exposing your project!
5. By submitting your project to OUFF, the applicant confirms and warrants their legal authority to submit the film, music, screenplay, art, graphics or photos and/or works, etc. in the entry and other materials to the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival.
6. Applicant deems they are fully responsible for the use of all music, images, graphics, and content in the film or music entered in the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival. (OUFF). By submitting your film or music to the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival, you agree to take full responsibility and liability, and for any and all damages associated with the showing of the film or broadcast of the music entered into the festival.
7. Entrant will allow usage of MOVIE, FILM, VIDEO, PHOTO, and/or clips from the submitted project or music for promotional use on digital, the internet, television, radio, in print, and at live Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival events.
8. All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries
submitted without subtitles are not eligible. "No Refunds Allowed for submissions not following these rules."
9. Only complete entries (including entry form, name, address, PHONE NUMBER, email address, payment, and digital preview Screener or Music Soundtrack) will be reviewed and selected for OUFF. "No Waivers will be accepted".
10. NO Mailed Entries are Accepted into the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival, and OUFF is not responsible for incorrect wording in the submission platform or publications or on awards.
11. You will be notified if your submission is "Accepted into OUFF".
ROUND 1: If your project is "ACCEPTED", the OUFF Judges will begin reviewing it along with "ALL ACCEPTED Projects" to select the "Finalist and Official Selections to be Screened in the 2023 OUFF."
ROUND 2: You will be notified if your project is considered as a "Finalist and Official Selection." Once the "Official Selections" have been chosen, "Official Selections" will be a part of the Final Judging for the 2023 OUFF Winners!
ROUND 3: The 2023 OUFF Official Selections Awards: films, videos, and screenplays will be announced at least 15 days prior to the event date!
The 2023 OUFF Official Selections Winning Projects" will be listed for screenings, and the Screening Schedule announced via email and press release. Press releases, photos, and trailers may be featured in advertising, commercials, on our websites, and on Internet Channels.
All 2023 OUFF Finalist Winners "MUST BE PRESENT AT THE 2023 OUFF EVENT TO RECEIVE THEIR AWARD". OUFF WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING AWARDS.
OUFF REQUIRES ALL WINNERS TO ATTEND THE 2023 ORLANDO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL TO RECEIVE THEIR SCREENING TIMES AND AWARDS. WINNERS receive 1 (One) FREE VIP PASS to enter ALL OUFF EVENTS.
OUFF requires winners to digitally submit a DOWNLOAD of the final "Copy" of your film or video production for The Official OUFF Screening Schedule. Digital Screening Versions are submitted via upload to the OUFF Filmfreeway.com Platform or Download Links.
Films in the following exhibition formats are eligible for The Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival screening:
Digital Film Specs: H.264 mp4 format, flat aspect ratio 1920×1080 (1.85:1).
Please use ONLY your full or partial film title when naming the file so we can identify it. Do not use arbitrary naming of your project on the title!!!!
Early Entry Submission begins on Friday, December 30, 2022, and ends Friday, March 10, 2023. The Early Entry Deadline is Friday, Friday, March 10, 2023. Please submit your entry before this date at 5:00 pm EST!
Regular Entry Submission begins on Saturday, March 11, 2023, and ends on Friday, June 9, 2023. The Regular Submission Deadline is Friday, June 9, 2023. Please submit your entry before this date at 5:00 pm EST!
Late Submission begins on Saturday, June 10, 2023, and ends on Friday, June 16, 2023. The Late Submission Deadline is Friday, June 16, 2023. Please submit your entry before this date at 5:00 pm EST along with the required late entry fee.
All Official and Final Selections will be selected and announced on or before Friday, July 7, 2023, by the OUFF Selection Committee. Winning filmmakers, TV, music, Content Creators, and their projects will be showcased and screened at a selected Theatre or Artists Performances Stage in Orlando, Florida.
The Venues is subject to change without notice!
OUFF no longer accepts shipping of an entry to the Festival ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON THE OUFF FilmFreeway SUBMISSIONS PLATFORM.
All international entries SUBMISSIONS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON THE OUFF FilmFreeway SUBMISSIONS PLATFORM, or sent via digital download. For films accepted for screening at the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival see the submission guidelines above.
2. Judging & Selection
Entries Submitted will be selected for judging and presentation by the Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival Judging Committee. The Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival Judges Committee Office will contact the selected winning entrants by telephone or email.
Winners will be notified on or before Friday, July 7, 2023, this includes late entries. For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply 3 (three) high-resolution stills from the film and at least 1 (one) photograph of the film's director and the film's poster cover. The Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival also request publicity materials, a movie poster, and a video trailer (if available) along with their submissions.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS ARE CORRECT. IF POSSIBLE PLEASE ADD A SECONDARY CONTACT NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS ALONG WITH YOUR MEDIA MATERIALS!
Publicity and press materials will NOT be returned.
3. Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not
Refundable. Waivers will not be accepted. Fees cover registration processing, notification that your entry has been received, notification of results, and screening. These fees MUST be paid by digital submission to OUFF's FilmFreeway site,
For all entries outside the U.S., entrants must pay using digital money and it must be only in U.S. dollars. You can also pay by credit card using Pay Pal before the Late Submission Deadline Friday, June 10, 2023. YOU THE SUBMITTER MUST PAY ALL PAYPAL FEES.
The entry fee helps OUFF prepare your project submission to be shown on the "Big Screen". Please ensure you have submitted the best quality film project. This ensures the best quality picture on a movie theater screen. If your film is selected to screen and the quality of your film is NOT of a High-Standard, it will NOT be screened during OUFF!
PLEASE NOTE: The Orlando Urban Film Festival - Excludes ALL PORNOGRAPHIC FILMS! OUFF "DOES NOT" and 'WILL NOT" accept these types of projects. X-Rated, Nudity, and porn films WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM REVIEW! please do not submit these types of films as your entries. You may lose your submission fee.
"NO WAIVERS ARE ACCEPTED" and "NO REFUNDS" from Entries and Submissions. Please read all Entry and Submission information carefully before entering your project to OUFF!
Thank you so much!
OUFF Submission Team