Tulsa American Film Festival serves the Tulsa community and surrounding area through the world of film by offering programs of American-made feature length and short films supplemented by industry driven panels and discussions.

Tulsa American Film Festival (TAFF) launched in October of 2015, bringing a well rounded, world class industry film event to Tulsa. Now in our third year, TAFF showcases independent feature & short films from across the U.S. over five days. With a commitment to highlighting diverse American stories and voices, TAFF offers an unmatched opportunity to introduce a curated and competition-based selection of film to the region.

TAFF is looking for American made independent feature and short films of all genres. We are particularly interested in seeing American Indian films, Latino American films, African American films, disability films, independently produced episodes of a television or web series, horror films, Oklahoma student short films and films written, directed, produced by Oklahomans or featuring Oklahoma actors, but do NOT limit our selections to these categories. We also accept Feature and Short screenplays for competition. Short screenplays will be read live with local actors.

Tulsa American Film Festival grants awards in the following categories, judged by industry professionals:

• Best Feature Narrative Film

• Best Feature Documentary Film

• Best Short Narrative Film

• Best Short Documentary Film

• Best Oklahoma Student Short Film

• Best Director

• Best Actor

• Best Actress

• Best Ensemble Cast

• Best Cinematographer

• Best Short Film Screenplay (Unproduced)

• Best Feature Film Screenplay (Unproduced)

• Grand Jury Award

• Best Oklahoma Film

All submitted films must be American made. TAFFest considers this to mean that the film was produced within the boundaries of the U.S. or you are an American producing or directing a film abroad, but we welcome your own interpretation of what constitutes an American film.

If you are an Oklahoma filmmaker or your film was shot and/or produced in Oklahoma, please let us know! Likewise if you are a Native American filmmaker, or your film features indigenous actors, culture(s), or subject matter. Same goes for films made by American Latinos.

NOTE: We strongly prefer that all Oklahoma films, in particular those from the Tulsa region, be a Tulsa Premier and never before been screened publicly, including family & friend screenings.

While student filmmakers are welcome to submit to any category at the discounted student rate, these films will be judged in the general competition and only films produced by students from Oklahoma and enrolled in college or university or an Oklahoma high school will be eligible to compete in the Best Oklahoma Student Short Film category.

Student filmmakers must be able to provide proof of enrollment (class schedule or student identification).

Upon acceptance to Tulsa American Film Festival, filmmakers will be required to provide an electronic press kit comprising of 2-3 still photos from the film, a director's bio, and poster image (if available).

Please note that any film received too late for consideration for the current year's Festival may be considered for the Festival in the following year(s). In addition, quality films not accepted for the current running of Tulsa American Film Festival, for whichever reason, may be considered for re-submission, at no additional fee, unless the filmmaker specifies that the film shall only be considered for the current running of Tulsa American Film Festival.

You must have written authorization to exhibit every aspect of your film/video work. All trademarked/copyright work contained within your film or publicity materials - including but not limited to images, sound recordings and musical compositions - must be cleared in order to screen at TAFFest. All personal and property releases, licenses, and other required clearances or authorizations must be available for included persons, likenesses, characters, locations, etc. The submitter must also have gained permission from any and all writers, directors, producers, or other individuals who are considered owners of the film, to submit and screen the film. By submitting through FilmFreeway, you indemnify Tulsa American Film Festival and its staff from any and all claims resulting from the display of the work.

All entrants grant permission to have portions of their work reproduced for publicity purposes connected with the Tulsa American Film Festival. Tulsa American Film Festival reserves the right, without limitation, to display any element of any film or script submitted, in part or in whole, for purposes of promoting the film or the Festival, and at additional screenings and events following the initial festival for which the film was selected.

TAFFest will not be held liable in the event of damage or loss during shipping of preview or screening copy of film.

TAFFest's terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Overall Rating
  • Donna Bonilla Wheeler

    Honored to have my short script selected as a Finalist here. And even though I was not able to attend this year, I'm super grateful to the Festival for their work helping champion indie filmmaker voices of all types!

    November 2019
  • Matthew Dunehoo

    We were thankful for the chance to screen at TAFF. A whirlwind trip down to Tulsa from KC gave us just enough time to be present for our screening, visit with the audience and festival programmers afterword and grab breakfast before heading back in the morning.

    Solid venue, enthusiastic crowd, generous programmers. We will try to submit and attend again, thank you...

    October 2019
  • Kyle Kleinecke

    We had a fantastic time screening our movie "Sparky & Butch" at this festival. The Circle Cinema is an awesome venue and the festival was well attended. Our screening was completely sold out. Good panels and networking opportunities.

    October 2019
  • Thank You Tulsa American Film Festival.
    From the day I arrived to the final day, the city of Tulsa and the Festival were wonderful hosts.
    The Festival exhibited Great films & excellent seminars on various aspects of the industry.
    Each day filled the calendar with many, many choices.
    The only regret I have is not being able to see all of the events.
    The people of Tulsa were gracious and appeared happy to have us present in their town.
    Special thanks to the Festival creator Ben Arredondo.
    Althought impossible, He seemed to be simultaneously omnipresent even as events were happening together in real time.
    I am grateful for being included in such a wonderful time.
    Congratulations to all the participants, staff and award recipients.

    kind regards,
    David Power

    November 2018
  • I loved premiering my short film Granny Kills here and the people who put this festival on are top notch people who really love film. I made some great connections and will definitely be submitting again in the future.

    November 2018