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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated / Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter presents The OLA Film Festival.

The OLA Film Festival is a showcase and competition highlighting the work of amateur and student filmmakers across the country. The goal of the festival is to offer support to emerging artists by providing a platform to display their work to the public.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated/ Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter is the first alumni fraternal chapter in the National Pan-Hellenic Council community to host an international film festival - THE OLA FILM FESTIVAL .

Submissions for year three will begin on June 4, 2022.
Early Bird Deadline is February 23, 2023.
April 15, 2023 - Regulard Deadline.
May 20, 2023 - Notification Deadline.

Event Deadline - June 3, 2023.

$500 - First place
Best Film in the Festival

Additional Awards and Certificates will be awarded to participants in the festivals.

-The OLA Film Festival will feature short films from African American directors and/or directors of African descent. Films should be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, including credits. Entries must be completed projects with proper sound, color correction, and editing BEFORE submission.

-Films should be submitted electronically via

-All film genres are accepted.

-All entries selected for the showcase grant Omicron Lambda Alpha (OLA Film Festival) the rights to use footage, stills, titles, and information from the film for promotional purposes.
By submitting your entry to the OLA Film Festival, you warrant that you have obtained all necessary permissions and paid any and all licensing fees to screen the film in a public venue. You also assert that you have the authority to do so and that you have reviewed all the submission rules and information. You agree to hold the OLA Film Festival harmless and without liability for the statements you make connections to your submission and against any claims, damages, or losses (including attorney’s fees and court costs) which may result from allegations involving trademarks, copyrights, or screening the submission.

-You further assert that there are no assigned rights, agreements, distribution agreements, production deals, or any arrangements whatsoever attached to this work that would in any way interfere with a screening of your entry to the public within the terms of the said showcase. Neither Omicron Lambda Alpha (OLA Film Festival) nor its hosting venues will be held liable for your failure to meet any and all legal obligations about obtaining rights to performances, personal appearances, music, graphics, logos, or any visual and audio elements subject to exhibition law.

Overall Rating
  • Jasmyne G. Towns

    Although I was very happy to become a Finalist in this festival, I travelled from Alabama to attend the event only for it to have faced a day-of postponement, so I was unable to attend the event that would happen a week later. I was excited for the networking opportunity it could have provided, but ended up disappointed to miss out on that. I hope those who were able to attend enjoyed the event, but for me I wasted money on a ticket that they wouldn't reimburse.

    August 2023
  • Brandon Hairston

    Organized very well! The cast and I had a great time. Looking forward to submitting next year

    June 2020