SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL is an international film festival. Join us for another family fun weekend, and experience a film festival competition in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It'll be filled with great indie films and fun that will be legendary!

We'll showcase works of indie films. Our hope is to attract high profile and novice filmmakers so attendees of the festival will enjoy an array of artistic experiences of indie films, and individuals driven by the true and raw spirit of independent movie making.

Sunny Side Up Film Festival is a competitive event for emerging filmmakers as well as screenwriters in hopes to inspire and encourage them to pursue courageous and bold artistic visions. The festival will be known for embracing the heart and spirit of great independent films and screenplays.

Saturday March 23rd 2019: Independent films will screen at "The Goddard Center", 401 1st Ave SW, Ardmore, OK 73401. Meet Celebrities! Various Filmmaker Q&A's.

Sunday March 24th 2019: Independent films will screen at "The Goddard Center", 401 1st Ave SW, Ardmore, OK 73401. Various Filmmaker Q&A's. The Award Show will be hosted by comedian Rob Neville after his short stand-up performance! Details on the official website.

Ticket/passes links are located at and sold on The Goddard Center website at starting in February. Tickets also sold at the door, on the days of events if available. We anticipate a sellout!

Please support our SSUFF Fundraiser Dinner on March 22nd at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant at 7:00pm with comedy by Marty Tipton aka "The Oklahoma Kid". Tickets for the fundraiser are only sold at

SSUFF Awards

Best Feature Film
Best Short
Best Actor (Feature).
Best Actress (Feature).
Best Supporting Actor (Feature).
Best Supporting Actress (Feature).
Best Actor (Short).
Best Actress (Short).
Best Supporting Actor (Short).
Best Supporting Actress (Short).
Best Director (Feature).
Best Director (Short).
Best Cinematography (Feature).
Best Cinematography (Short).
Best Foreign Film
Best Movie Poster
Best Original Score
Best Music Video
Best Documentary.
Best Animation.
Best Comedy.
Best Western
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Oklahoma Film
Best Web series
Best Student Film (Short)
Best Student Film (Feature)
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Short)
1st Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
2nd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
3rd Place - Best Screenplay (Feature)
Festival Director's Choice Award - (film).
Festival Director's Choice Award - (screenplay).


By submitting your film*, screenplay* or both to SSUFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, contact us.

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Sunny Side Up Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.

Films that have previously aired on US television prior to the Festival, or are available for continuous online viewing for FREE to the public in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films as well as screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2014.

All film finalists are required to provide two high resolution DVD or Blu-Ray copies. Copies will not be returned. One will be used as a back up.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded or in our hands no later than Jan 31st, 2019.

Sunny Side Up Film Festival (SSUFF) and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.

All entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.

By entering the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL, BrenRock Productions LLC, The Goddard Center, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.

You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Sunny Side Up Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless Sunny Side Up Film Festival, its parent company BrenRock Productions LLC, The Wild Bunch Film Festival, affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival.

SUBMITTERS, IF YOUR FILM(S) IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO (2) FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS! This includes the award show and performance by Rob Neville on Sunday! It does not include the SSUFF fundraiser dinner on Friday March 22nd, but we hope you can attend it. Details at

What are the judges looking for? They'll be judging based on:

The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”

Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.

The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear, or non-linear story progression.

The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).

The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and character development.

Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.

Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.

The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.

Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.

Audience appeal and box-office potential.

If selected, do Screenplay finalists win a pass? Yes. They'll win two SSUFF passes allowing access to Sunday's film festival screenings, Rob Neville's performance and the Award Show. This does NOT include Saturday's film screenings, or the fundraiser dinner on Friday March 22nd, but we hope you can attend. Details at

Is there a PRIZE for winners? Yes. Screenplay winners will win trophies!

Are there qualifications for scripts? No. All genres accepted.

Fees are submitted online. No waivers. No Refunds.

Format: All entries must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file less than 5 MB, size 12 Courier font, standard industry format. Title of script only on title page: no author name. Pages should be numbered. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested software programs. All screenplays must be completed no earlier than Jan 1st 2014.

Original: All entries must be original works by the applicant.

Coauthors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide who will be the primary contact e-mail.

English: All entries must be submitted in English.

Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 or more.

Title Page: Include title only. The author’s name should not appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness.

Accepted are: All genres and sub-genres.

Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)

The submitter agrees to indemnify SSUFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against SSUFF in connection with the Material or any use thereof, including, without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by the submitter.

The submitter releases and discharges SSUFF from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against SSUFF in connection with the Materials, including, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets, or infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.

The submitter agrees to warrant that he/she is the sole owner and author of the described material or has the official representation of the co-author, and has the full right and authorization to submit the material to SSUFF.

The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that SSUFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases SSUFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.

The submitter acknowledges that SSUFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to SSUFF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns.

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Overall Rating
  • Bryan Whorton

    Thank you to Rock and Brenda for putting this festival on! Very blessed to have taken 2nd place with my screenplay. Keep up the great work!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Bryan! It was a great screenplay and looking forward to seeing you and more of your work in the very near future!

  • Robert Craighead

    I had a great time at the festival and was thrilled my screenplay was selected as the Grand Winner. A fantastic showing especially for a first year festival!!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Robert for your screenplay submission. It was well deserved as the Grand Winner and all of the SSUFF screenplay judges really loved it. Hope to see your work again soon. Congrats and thanks again!

  • Heather Johnston

    I am incredibly grateful to Rock and Brenda for this festival. It gave my screenplay its first 1st place win. Their communication leading up to, during, and after was stellar. Rock encouraged me to submit and attend. Unfortunately, due to unexpected events, I was not able to attend. They allowed a fellow screenwriter to accept the award on my behalf. This festival is definitely worth the entry fee!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Heather for this nice review! It's very much appreciated. Congrats again! We're looking forward to seeing more of your great screenplays in the future! :)

  • Joe Paul

    An excellent festival! The Whiteheads put together a great event where the filmmakers are treated with respect. There were celebrity guests, news coverage, and excellent networking opportunities.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Joe!! Your festival review means so much to us. Thanks again for your submission, and we're looking forward to seeing more of your great work very soon! Thanks so much once again for everything.

  • dewayne austin

    A really great festival first in Ardmore, Ok.
    Great event, theater and people.
    Lets do it again and again and again!!
    thanks Brenda and Rock Whitehead!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much DeWayne! Great meeting you all and looking forward to seeing your great work again very soon at the SSUFF. And thank you so much for your support!