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 (TAFFest) launched in October of 2015, bringing a well rounded, world class industry film event to Tulsa. Now in our third year, TAFFest showcases independent feature & short films from across the U.S. over five days. With a commitment to highlighting diverse American stories and voices, TAFFest offers an unmatched opportunity to introduce a curated and competition-based selection of film to the region.

TAFFest 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, 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 short screenplays for our staged readings and competition.

Awards & Prizes

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 Screenplay

• Grand Jury Award

Rules & Terms

All submitted films must be American made. TAFFest considers this to mean that the film was produced within the boundaries of the U.S., 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.

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 enrolled at Oklahoma high schools, colleges and universities 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.

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.

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    Adrienne Dawes

    TAFF is a growing festival in Tulsa that needs stronger support and leadership to accomplish its ambitious goals. The film programming needs a much more critical curatorial eye to program quality work. I saw short films that blatantly announced their unauthorized use of images/music (a huge liability for festival organizers, not to mention completely illegal and unfair to the original artists) programmed alongside incredible documentary films by established filmmakers. I appreciated how many film events and panels were offered for free to the community, but often they did not begin on time or there was not clear communication shared about them. I saw frustrated community members leave early when there was zero staff presence (or volunteer knowledge) to point them in the right direction. As for my entry, I did not receive notice that I made finalist status until I saw my name on the website and emailed staff for clarification. For filmmakers and writers submitting out of town, this makes it very difficult to arrange travel and be a part of the festival experience. I hope to see this festival increase its scope to include more local staff/volunteer teams who can effectively organize and program events on the ground.

    October 2017