Tribal Film Festival seeks Indigenous films from around the world. TFF plays an important part in pushing for the accessibility of Indigenous films with inspiring and uplifting stories that entertain and educate.
One day of parties, panels, screenings and a table read.
ONLINE FILM simultaneously held with our regular Labor Day screening. DO NOT submit if you do not want your film screened online for two weeks.

We showcase three or four times a year in Tulsa, at Circle Cinema, usually with a Major motion picture and one or two others. Please be open to being selected to these.

SHORTS are great! Our audience loves shorts.
We know that, as filmmakers, we have an unlimited amount of stories to tell and to preserve. Therefore we have partnered with TribalTV for super-distribution and to extend our reach globally.
***We only screen films submitted through FilmFreeway, or Festival Focus, no credits or waivers or favors, nor do we pay for films to be screened. No refunds. That is not fair to the filmmakers/producers who submit. This levels the playing field for anyone and everyone. Every submission gets viewed. Every script gets read by professional readers in the industry. The exception to this rule are films co-produced by TribalTV, Tribal film Festival filmmaking Bootcamp or films that come from our affiliates or partners. Still- we do not pay for films, simply we do not have the budget for that :/ Thank you for understanding.
Script contest again this year. ALL genre categories do not have to be indigenous. We are looking for great stories/scripts. Winner gets a filmed table read, live Facebook feed & recorded in 4K. Submissions are open now.

$200 Quick Film Budget coupon award to Best Picture and Best Short (More awards being added, check back) What sets us apart? Automatic Distribution on TribalTV. Heck yeah!! All films submitted will be ELIGIBLE* for a non-exclusive deal with TribalTV. TribalTV is a multi-platform distributor of Indigenous films with inspiring and uplifting stories, including documentaries, feature films, series, music videos, animation, 3D, in all genres. TribalTV believes it is time filmmakers started being more in charge of their revenues rather than going through the series of middlemen standing in between filmmakers and their audience. TribalTV places the filmmakers first, as the filmmaker, you will retain your rights in a non-exclusive three-year distribution deal. Tribal Film Festival is a portal into the broadband channel TribalTV and is announcing the opportunity to have every film submitted to Tribal Film Festival a chance to achieve a worldwide audience through Hulu, Vudu, Amazon, etc. *Films will go through QC prior to be selected for distribution.
Script contest! New this year! The company we partnered with to read scripts came under fire, so now we are doing our script reading in house. ALL genre categories, does not have to be indigenous. We are looking for great stories/scripts. Winner gets a filmed table read, live Facebook feed & recorded in 4K. Submissions are open now. A great way to know if your script is producible, what works/doesn't work, if the story, structure, plot makes sense. We are looking for scripts to produce.

Films must be Indigenous stories. Filmmakers do not have to be indigenous to submit.
SCRIPTS can be ANY genre, they do not have to be indigenous stories, they DO NOT have to be Native story lines. We are looking for great stories. Period.
The Winning script prize is a "live facebook feed" table read with local actors & filmed on high quality 4K cameras, with a copy available to the winner. The winning short script gets the title and laurels. Last year the winning short went on to obtain a grant based on winning our contest. Stepping stones to success.
You must own the content you are presenting or have the rights to submit. No pornography or ultra-violent material of any kind.

DCP, Project file format only for festival screening.

Overall Rating
  • C.A. MacFinn

    Terrific festival distinguished for creating an important Native venue for creative work. Honored to have had the opportunity to have my films participate!

    September 2018
  • Geoffrey Calhoun

    A nice Fest with great communication and responds swiftly to any questions.

    September 2018
  • A unique, welcoming and engaging festival! I was very proud to have won best feature and flew out to OK to meet Celia and many other film makers and attendees. The script read was lots of fun and the actors gave a very enthusiastic performance. I felt so welcomed and a valuable part of the festival all weekend. I met some incredible people with amazing voices. From film makers to VR producers, actors and more. It was amazing to be so immersed in the Native American community, who made me feel like they've known me all my life! A larger venue would make this, already fun and inspiring festival, absolutely amazing. I was very glad I attended and I look forward to next year!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review, you were such an asset to our festival. You helped out in every way possible. And yes, we do have a bigger venue in Tulsa - growing!

  • Kyle Harris

    What a great festival and amazing venue to share indigenous stories with audiences. Many thanks to Miss Celia Xavier for being an advocate for those voices and to the Tribal Film festival for the award of our documentary I Stand: The Guardians of the Water which won Best Documentary. Looking forward to next year's event.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Your film was one of the highlights at our festival. Thank you for joining us. We look forward to more of your incredible talent in the future.

  • We entered our short script "Restoration" in the Tribal Film Festival and were so honored to have won First Place in the 'Scripts Under 40 Pages' category. There's no doubt this win helped us in our recent bid to get funding to turn the film into a feature film script.

    We couldn't actually go to the festival, so don't know about the on-site networking aspect of it, but Celia Xavier was wonderful to work with and responded promptly to all our queries.

    We highly recommend this festival and appreciate all that it has done for us.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    This makes us so happy to hear Pamela, good luck on your script and we look forward to seeing this film screening here at Tribal Film Festival