*** We are now accepting submissions for our 2020 event! Nominations and official selection for the 2019 event will be announced on October 17. ***

Velkommen til Oslo Independent Film Festival, an IMDb-listed event!

Oslo Independent Film Festival bids you welcome to our yearly event in the heart of Oslo. Known for our famous mountains, excruciatingly cold weather, and delicious waffles, we look forward to seeing faces from all over the world attend our warm, friendly and diverse film festival. We are very excited to be putting on a wonderful selection of 3 days of screening on the 27-29 November 2019.

OIFF is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

As an international and independent film festival we accept submissions of all genres and from all corners of life. To encourage our youth, we have opened several affordable categories only applicable for students.

Press will be invited to our next event where we will also film and conduct Q&A interviews with the filmmakers.

Additionally, we will be facilitating a short filmmaker round table with local industry professionals on the topic of Distribution for Independent Films.

We offer two types of submission rates. The standard categories which include Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary etc. and add-on categories (such as Best Director, Best Producer etc.) which come at a fixed price of $10.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us or follow us on Facebook and our website.

We look forward to reviewing your work and seeing you in Oslo!

All attending filmmakers are invited to participate in a filmmaker round table about Distribution for Independent Films, moderated by a local industry professional.

Winners will receive award-certificates, goodie bags, and invitations for online distribution deals.

Our judging Panel includes:

Karianne Berge, Producer
Judge for Best Short Documentary

⚬ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

⚬ All films must have been made in or after 2015.

⚬ Submissions to student categories must have valid student ID's.

⚬ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

⚬ By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at Kunstnernes Hus.

⚬ Nominations: All films nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.
Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

⚬ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

⚬ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

⚬ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

⚬ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

⚬ We cannot provide refunds.

⚬ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

⚬ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Any questions - feel free to contact us!

Overall Rating
  • Camille Hollett-French

    I wasn't able to attend but a colleague was able to to pick up our Best Writer award. The Oslo Independent Film Festival was nothing less than great. Highly recommended. Hope to get there one day soon!

    February 2019
  • Anastasia Nezhivaia

    Great festival, especially for an independent filmmaker! The selection of films would definitely leave you a feeling that your work is presented in a good company. Networking and communication are outstanding - you will meet not only a team of nice persons but would be also able to share an experience with people who are already professionals in European film production.

    Also, It was a great experience for me personally. Thank you OIFF!

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Anastasia! We loved having you there and we hope to see more of your animation next year!
    - OFF Team :-)

  • Terrible Festival!!!
    I was a finalist for "Best Composer" category but they used a wrong name in the list!! The use a title of a short movie and not my personal name!!!!
    Absolutely disappointed about this Festival!!!!!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mauro,

    We are really sorry you had a disappointing experience.
    As you can see on our online platforms, we list the titles of the projects, not the creators' names, when we publish the award nominations or winners list.
    Of course we are always happy to accommodate filmmakers' wishes in this regard, if they contact us and request their name to be listed as well.

    We wish you best of luck for your future projects,
    OFF Team

  • Christopher Wollebekk

    Great festival with a varied and insightful program that holds a high artistic quality. Very professional and friendly staff as well. Thank you for having us!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Christopher,

    Thank you for your kind words! Hope to see you again at next year's festival.

    OFF Team

  • James Carroll

    Great Festival. Great communications. It was an honor to be part of it.

    March 2018