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Once a year an amazing collection of creative and inspiring filmmakers and actors venture off the beaten path and flock to the quiet small town of Woodward in remote Northwest Oklahoma, and fill the beautiful and historic Woodward Arts Theater for an action packed weekend of networking, movie watching and partying. Twister Alley provides the perfect setting for filmmakers and movie fans alike to congregate and celebrate the world of independent film. All selected films screen on the big screen at the Woodward Arts Theater & we host a staged reading for our screenplay contest finalist.

"This is by far a favorite festival! Twister manages to bring in some of the most amazing films and the teams behind those films are all such lovely welcoming people. A must submit, and if you are lucky enough to be selected, a must attend." Natalie Lynch & Tara Jayn, Actor/Producers, 'Panic Button' & 'Imaginary Friends'

"Twister Alley is phenomenal- a collection of great filmmakers from all over the world surrounded by a welcoming Oklahoma community that truly loves film. Twister was one of our earliest stops with our film and I can say without hesitation." John Psathas, Writer/Director 'Bernadette'

"Twister Alley was a wonderful experience. Their love of indie film shines through the entire festival and I left feeling uplifted and inspired." Kelly Tatham, Writer/Director, 'Multiverse Dating For Beginners'

"I've been to several festivals myself, and I can tell you, this was by far the best film festival I have ever attended. PERIOD." David Bryant Perkins...screenplay finalist

"Twister Alley was hands down the best festival I've been to (not exaggerating!) I've never been treated so well for merely having a little short film showing in a sea of films." Anthony Stratton...Actor...Nesting Grounds

"Going to Woodward was one of the best film fest experiences I've ever had. The town was very cordial and it's only going to get bigger and better from here." Tom Radovich...Producer...Nobody

"The hospitality Josh and his team have is a special touch that leaves you feeling embraced in a warm hug by the festival. The majestic vibe is so thick, that parting is the only disappointment you will feel." Mike Kelleher-Screenplay Finalist

"It was awesome and perfect. " Elyse Cantor...Actor...The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man

Kids Flix (films for the whole family)
Twisted Toons (Animated films for grown folks)
Midnight Films (Weird, Dark and/or Twisted)
Music Video
Screenplay Contest (short, feature, webseries and TV Pilot screenplays of all genres accepted)

Crystal Twister Audience Award
Best Comedy Film (Feature & Short)
Best Drama Film (Feature & Short)
Best College Film
Best WTF Film (Weird, Dark and/or Twisted...Feature & Short)
Best Animated Film (Feature & Short)
Best Documentary (Feature & Short)
Best Foreign Film (Feature & Short)
Best Kid Flix
Best Oklahoma Film
Best Music Video
Best Actor/Actress (Feature & Short)
Best Ensemble (Feature & Short)
Best Contest Screenplay (Feature & Short)
Best Director
Best Movie Poster


Films of all lengths (short & feature) and all genres (family, animated, comedy, drama, sci-fi, action, horror, documentary, foreign, music video) are welcome to submit.

Screenplays (short, feature, webseries, TV pilot) of all genres are welcome to submit. Screenplays must be unproduced as of the date of the film festival. (April 29, 2021)

Screener films should be submitted on digital file (Mov, Mp4).

Films in language other than English must include English subtitles.

Although an Oklahoma premiere of your film is not required, it is preferred.

No feedback on submissions can be given.

Overall Rating
  • Kelli Horan

    Great festival with such nice, communicative staff!

    September 2021
  • Adam Knapp

    In a strange year, Twister Alley came through with class. Though they had no in-person event, they generously selected our film for their 2021 festival. Cheers to them for following through in difficult times!

    May 2021
  • Emma Fazzuoli

    Twister Alley was a great experience from start to finish. We were so honored to be included in their comedy lineup alongside other hilarious shorts! All their communication was professional and friendly, and it’s clear that this fest is run by good people who really know and love film. Would 10/10 recommend this festival to everyone, and we hope to attend next year in person!

    May 2021
  • Rogelio Almeida

    Great festival and love the virtual experience!!!

    May 2021
  • It was ok, I guess. The website, the communication, and keeping us up to date with the awards were not very good. I won three other FF's with this particular script. although it was selected I wonder if anyone actually read it? I won't be coming back again.

    Update: A couple days after I sent in a complaint about an issue that I had experienced, they (Josh Hope / TJ Treece) changed the category from "Selected" to "not selected". I think this goes to show the kind of people who are running this festival. Kind of childish really!

    May 2021