Welcome to the Outer Banks Film Festival! We accept and screen films of all kinds. We aim to bring art and community to the OBX community in a way that never has before. Filmmakers are invited to spend a weekend by the ocean networking and watching a quality slate of films we have worked hard to procure.

We are looking for an approximate total of 50 films to fill the screens of movie theaters, hotels and beach front screens.

Awards include: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, and an Audience's Choice Award.

In the first year of OBXFF we are working extra hard to make sure our filmmakers, patrons and locals alike are all blown away with the top films that truly embrace the art of filmmaking.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Audience Choice Award

I agree to the Rules & Terms as follows:

1.) The Outer Banks Film Festival is accepting entries with a completion date of anytime after June of 2019. Submissions to the Outer Banks Film Festival must not be scheduled for theatrical release or broadcast on television prior to April 2022.

2.) All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and third-party claims and filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and public exhibition.

3.) Please note that for preview purposes the festival accepts secured online screeners through FilmFreeway or via a password protected online link.

4.) Entries should be accompanied by any required materials (e.g. fees, press kits, student IDs, etc).

5.) Submissions must be in English or subtitled in English.

6.) Narrative and documentary feature films must have a run time of a minimum of 40 minutes. Short films must have a run time of under 40 minutes.

7.) Filmmakers will be notified by approximately February 15, 2022, if their film has been accepted to the Outer Banks Film Festival

8.) Upon acceptance, exhibition copies and additional press materials will be requested. Selected films will be screened in the following exhibition formats: DCP (for select venues) or digital files (MP4 or .MOV) must arrive on hard drive or thumb drive. Please notify us in writing about any exceptions to the delivery date, otherwise you may forfeit your place in the program and the Outer Banks Film Festival is under no obligation to screen a selected film.

9) The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Outer Banks Film Festival, Inc. from and against any and all disputes, arbitration, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court), which may be incurred by reason of any claim, including but not limited to third party claims involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to or the inability to screen videos entered.

10) The festival will not pay screening fees for any submitted film that we program.

Overall Rating
  • Sarah Stusek

    best virtual festival ever! love how they raised money for a great cause rather than putting in their own pockets :0)

    May 2022