"I would rather work double shifts on Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and Day, and the Fourth of July if it meant I could have the week off of work to attend the Oaxaca Film Fest. Quite simply, it's what I look forward to the most each year. The films. The food. The people. The beautiful culture and city of Oaxaca. Even if they don't accept my script in 2017, I'll be back for Oaxaca Film Fest 8."
Jonathan LaPoma (Screenwriter)
After seven incredible seasons, here is what others are saying about Oaxaca FilmFest.
"Oaxaca FilmFest, simply the best Festival experience on the planet." Spotlight Magazine
"Oaxaca FilmFest is a destination festival that every indie filmmaker must attend at least once!"
Patricia Chica (Director/Producer/Writer)
"Oaxaca FilmFest is an event that cannot be missed. It's more than a film festival, honestly. It's a kind of life event."
Kamal John Iskander (Screenwriter)
"One of the Top 50 Festivals in the world "
Oaxaca FilmFest, experience it yourself.
Awards & Prizes
The Festival Recognizes and Awards All Competitive Categories.
Rules & Terms
The Eight Edition of the Oaxaca FilmFest will be held from October 6-13, 2017 in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico.
2. SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
Projects submitted to the Festival for consideration may apply to just one category. Please select the category that best fits your project.The Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project for any Festival program or submission category. For more details (INCLUDING DEADLINES) please review all guidelines for each specific category.
3. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLY VIA OFFICIAL OAXACA FILMFEST SUBMISSION PLATFORM PARTNER.
*Producciones mexicanas requieren un "Fee Waiver". Para recibirlo, gracias por escribir a email@example.com.
Todos los directores/guionistas mexicanos interesados en inscribir su proyecto en la sección Hecho en México o Escrito en México al Festival pueden contactar a firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU MAY SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROJECT AND PREVIOUS PROJECTS THAT WERE REJECTED MAY BE RE-SUBMITTED IF THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES MADE TO THE PROJECT. YOU MAY NOT RE-SUBMIT A PROJECT THAT WAS PART OF THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF A PREVIOUS EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.
There are two options for submitting material to the Festival:
1) Uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of Official Submission Partner.
2) Secure VIMEO link.
Language (SUBTITLE POLICY)
For Submission purposes your film may be in any language. However, if not in English or Spanish the film must have either English or Spanish subtitles.
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED for screening at the festival:
-If the film is in Spanish it must have English Subtitles.
-If the film is in English it must have Spanish Subtitles.
-All other languages will be exhibited in the original language and must contain DUAL subtitles both English and Spanish that project simultaneously
All screenplays must be in English, Spanish or French.
Once a Project has been submitted for participation it cannot be withdrawn.
Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project's acceptance status. The Festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.,
The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.
Projects accepted by the Festival will be placed, at the sole and absolute discretion of the Festival Programming department, in one of the program sections. Applicants may NOT submit their Projects directly to any specific section. The only exception to this policy is exclusively for Mexican Filmmakers who may submit directly to HECHO EN MEXICO OR ESCRITO EN MEXICO sections.
The Film Festival Management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.
5. SELECTION COMMITTEE AND JURORS:
The Selecting Committee will be national and foreign individuals recognized in the cinema and cultural world. The Festival Management will appoint the members of the Official Jury who will assign the Official Awards to the competing sections. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.
The decisions of the Jury will be FINAL.
Furthermore, Filmmakers are responsible to adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.
6. GENERAL CONDITIONS:
All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the Festival. The Festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The Festival Management will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.
A submitted project implies full agreement with this document. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the Festival.
Oaxaca FilmFest has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at anytime without notice.
Response from festival:
Great to have you coming back this year-look forward to seeing you again. You are an awesome screenwriter good luck with the judges.
Thank you so much for your feedback. This will help us continue to grow and improve the event.
Ben, as you know we have an entire team dedicated to ensuring our artist work is promoted not just during the festival but also as the years gone on.
However, as of this moment IMDB itself does not support scripts just completed films. If and when IMDB does change their policy obviously we will ensure your work is supported on the platform. Trust me we are as disappointed as you. Anything good for our alumni is a win for us as well.
Remember as always if there as any thing I can ever do to enhance your Oaxaca FilmFest Experience please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
See you soon,
Ramiz Adeeb Azar