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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.

"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)

Golden Twister Jury Award for Best of Fest (Feature & Short)
Crystal Twister Audience Award
Best Comedy Film (Feature & Short)
Best Drama Film (Feature & Short)
Best Student Film (Short-College, High School, Jr. High & Elementary divisions)
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. (May 2, 2019)

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
  • Harlea Robinson

    The first year I got a film into this festival, I went the viewing and hospitality was wonderful! but the second year I enter I was asked to pay $30 dollars per ticket to view. For a few tickets for the member who worked on this along with travel expenses, I was unable to attend.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Harlea, sorry for any misunderstanding on ticket pricing, but all our filmmakers receive FREE passes for the entire festival for themselves and anyone they want to bring. Not sure where you got the impression you had to pay $30/ticket. Filmmakers don’t have to pay for anything at our festival. We wish you the best of luck with all your future projects.

  • John Psathas

    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, it was one of the best choices we made. Josh and his team were amazing and Woodward was incredibly charming. I'll definitely be submitting again.

    September 2018
  • Great Festival!

    It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival. Thanks a lot to the director of the festival Josh Hope, for his great attention and kindness.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future.

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    August 2018
  • Boise Esquerra

    Superb Film Festival. Won best College Drama for my short. I can certainly tell you that communication is just fantastic. Josh goes out of his way to see that every filmmaker and guest is treated with the respect they deserve. Everything is timely and the festival goes out of there way to make everyone feel accommodated. This festival is only getting so much better each year and is a definite up and coming platform for any filmmaker. Go Twister Alley!

    July 2018
  • Billy Ward

    This film festival is fantastic! Josh was super nice and accommodating even though I was not able to attend. Twister Alley even sent me an awesome award in the mail immediately following the festival. I would like to say thank you so much for welcoming me from afar and this was my favorite festival so far even though I wasn't there in person.

    May 2018