Awarded one of "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019" by MovieMaker Magazine

The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2012 as a regional film festival in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The festival has received national acclaim from prominent sources including The New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and Moviemaker Magazine, as a festival that aims to showcase brave and independent filmmaking of all stripes in an atmosphere that encourages and fosters filmmaking in Dallas and beyond.

Over the last 8 years, the festival has become a significant cultural event, celebrating the eclectic flair and tastes of its birthplace with an equally diverse lineup of films and events, curated annually by film lovers for film lovers. It features the best of Oak Cliff’s theater and art venues, restaurants, bars, and small businesses in the heart of Jefferson Boulevard and the Bishop Arts District.


"Simply put, among America's very best small film festivals." - Filmmaker Magazine

"[The Oak Cliff Film Festival is] very much designed for filmmakers, critics, writers, directors, producers, journalists, film fans professional and casual alike to intermingle, mix and connect." - Jourdan Aldredge, No Film School

"Whether culling from the national festival circuit or bringing in unheralded gems to make their debut, the Oak Cliff Film Festival team consistently curates a lineup featuring some of the most genuinely interesting films one is likely to see in town in a given year." - Central Track

Jury Prize Narrative Feature
Jury Prize Documentary Feature
Jury Prize Narrative Short
Jury Prize Documentary Short
Jury Prize Texas Student Short

All films screened at the 2020 Oak Cliff Film Festival must be Dallas/Fort Worth area premieres. Prior exposure at other DFW film festivals or events will exclude the film from consideration.

Oak Cliff Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Oak Cliff Film Festival is hereby granted the right to show shorts films up to two screenings after the event dates as part of short film year-round series.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for public screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Oak Cliff Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Incredible festival! Very well run. I wish I took more time to see more films, it can be easy to get sucked up into the social festivities throughout the weekend. However, that was a great part of this festival and I met so many amazing people! Can't wait to attend again. Thank you OCFF for your selection!

    June 2019
  • Ed Hancox

    This is a magical film festival with fun parties and some of the best programming I've ever seen ✨✨✨

    June 2019
  • Morrisa Maltz

    Oak Cliff Film Festival was one of the best film festivals I've been to. It was amazingly organized, many incentives for filmmakers, events was great, and each screening was fantastic. They not only spent time on the event planning but on the actual screenings themselves. Each film was well marketed and the venues were great for every film. One of our best screenings for sure. I would HIGHLY recommend applying to Oak Cliff. You want this type of experience at a film festival as well as this type of care for your film!

    July 2018
  • Jillian Corsie

    Oak Cliff is AMAZING! They really care about their filmmakers and made us feel welcome. They found a place for us to stay, organized our airport pick up and drop off, and provided free rides around town. Their filmmaker lounge was awesome and included an open bar! How many festivals do that? We met tons of great filmmakers and had the best time in the town. We will absolutely be submitting here with every film!

    June 2018
  • Awesome time! Oak Cliff is a tucked away part of Dallas that has a great creative core centered around the historic Texas Theatre. Saw some really cool films, met some awesome people, and had a great time!

    June 2018