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

TAFFest 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 short screenplays for our staged readings and competition.

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 Screenplay

• 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
  • For a student coming into the world of film and hearing horror stories of failures and people ending in communication jobs, or something completely different from what they've study, this festival is a relief because I feel like, for a local, I have a platform and a chance to succeed in the world of film. Thank you!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much! It's been a pleasure screening your films.

  • Alexandra Dietz

    My girlfriend and I attended TAFF 2017 to screen our film "Your Way Back to Me." We really appreciated how responsive and a warm the TAFF staff was when receiving us. It was an honor to screen our film amongst other talented directors and to sit in an audience of like minded individuals who value Native narratives. I'll never forget watching Mankiller amongst those depicted in the film itself, truly an emotional experience. We found Tulsa to be an unexpected gem in Oklahoma, but what was most memorable were the connections we made and relationships we'll have with the Tulsa film community for years to come! Looking forward to TAFF 2018.

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alexandra. It was an honor to screen your film, a pleasure to meet you and fun hanging out with you and Dot.

  • Marcus Young

    It was my third time at the festival and I have enjoyed it every year, I meet so many great people and see awesome films and have great conversations. It's a really great time and I think the organizers run it very well and provide a lot of fun to be had for the week while also delivering great diverse movie choices that have something for everyone and tons of new things to learn about. It's already a lock on my calendar to attend the festival for the next year because I enjoy it so much!

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Marcus! It's was our pleasure to screen your work.

  • Audrey Kurtz

    Fantastic, thank you for letting me be apart of it.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Audrey!

  • Adrienne Dawes

    TAFF is a growing festival in Tulsa that needs stronger support and leadership to accomplish its ambitious goals. The film programming needs a much more critical curatorial eye to program quality work. I saw short films that blatantly announced their unauthorized use of images/music (a huge liability for festival organizers, not to mention completely illegal and unfair to the original artists) programmed alongside incredible documentary films by established filmmakers. I appreciated how many film events and panels were offered for free to the community, but often they did not begin on time or there was not clear communication shared about them. I saw frustrated community members leave early when there was zero staff presence (or volunteer knowledge) to point them in the right direction. As for my entry, I did not receive notice that I made finalist status until I saw my name on the website and emailed staff for clarification. For filmmakers and writers submitting out of town, this makes it very difficult to arrange travel and be a part of the festival experience. I hope to see this festival increase its scope to include more local staff/volunteer teams who can effectively organize and program events on the ground.

    October 2017