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
  • 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
  • Wes DeHart

    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
  • Meg Griffiths

    It was an honor to screen our short doc at TAFF! The staff was so accommodating and welcoming, and it's inspiring to see how they integrate the local student population into the festival.

    We were thrilled to be in the company of other filmmakers that help to share the voices and perspectives of Native communities. Additionally, we really enjoyed screening our film at the Gilcrease Museum which is dedicated to the study of American art and history.

    October 2018
  • 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.