Wide Open Experimental Film Festival (W.O.E.F.F.) is a festival organized by the Film Department at Oklahoma City University. Inspired by Oklahoma’s wide-open landscape, we want to showcase experimental films that will open peoples’ eyes to the alternative forms, structures, and styles of film.

Be Risky! Think outside the box! We want films that break boundaries and challenge the traditional perception of film.


Our primary goal is to highlight experimental films. If your film is a traditional narrative, you should find another festival. We’re looking for anything that fits the broad, diverse definitions of experimental or avant-garde cinema, from lyrical to collage to structural to expanded cinema. Your film might include visual experimentation, it might be process-oriented, it might provoke visceral reactions. If it’s thought-provoking, mind-boggling, and eye-opening, we’d love to see it.

W.O.E.F.F. will take place in person in Oklahoma City, April 2023. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay screening or travel fees to filmmakers.

For more information about Oklahoma City University’s Film Department, visit okcu.edu/film.

Entry fee: $10 by Regular deadline (Nov 15), $20 by late deadline (December 5).

Submissions will only be accepted through FilmFreeway. At this time, we are planning an all-digital screening; all films will be screened as .MOV files or, potentially, DCP.

Films under 25 minutes are strongly preferred; exceptions can be made in rare circumstances.

There are no completion date or premiere status requirements; films can be brand new, recent, or from years past.

All films with dialogue or text must be in English or have English subtitles.

Submissions accepted worldwide; no restrictions on production date or premiere status. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay screening or travel fees to filmmakers.

Once accepted, submissions cannot be withdrawn.

By submitting, you grant Wide Open Experimental Film Festival and Oklahoma City University permission to use images from your film for promotional purposes.

If you have questions, you can contact the festival team at wideopeneff@gmail.com.

Overall Rating

    It was a pleasure to have my work included in this new festival. I hope to attend in person next year.

    May 2023
  • Brilliant little gem of a festival coming into its own.

    May 2023
  • Francesca Svampa

    It has been an honour to have How to shoot flowers at the Wide Open Film Festival.
    Great program, communication and promotion. I'm very grateful also for the essay about the film.

    April 2023
  • The programming for the festival was fantastic and I am honored that, "Mushroom Water" was included. All the best for next years edition!!!

    April 2023
  • It was a pleasure to show "Memorabilia" at the WOEFF. Thanks for making it happen ;)

    April 2023