The OIFF was founded in 1993 by filmmakers looking for venues for independent work, particularly independent work from filmmakers who are not YET commercially successful.

Originally called the Off-Hollywood Flick Fest, the event gained followers by offering audiences truly independent films they wouldn't ordinarily see: films that have not been picked up for theatrical distribution. The OIFF is dedicated to freedom of expression through independent media. The OIFF is programmed 100% from submissions.

In 2018, the third annual OIFF "One Night Only" event in which only the top features of any genre and top short films (also of any genre) will be shown at a one night event, held on Saturday, November 3.

1. All original films of any genre less than 120 minutes TRT are accepted (see Category and Entry Fee info); however, films must not have theatrical distribution at the time of submission.

2. All submissions are electronic. Final cut versions of all films will be required if not the submission copy/version.

3. All screening media, press kits, publicity info, photos, etc. will be retained as part of Independent Pictures library. Filmmakers are encouraged to send press/media kits as well as to share the information on social media once accepted for the final event.

4. All filmmakers will be notified of acceptance status by October 1, 2018 (approx.- TBA).

5. Upon 7 day advance request, filmmakers selected for the 2018 OIFF One Night Only event will receive ONE non-transferable Courtesy Pass to the event.

6. Independent Pictures/Ohio Independent Film Festival reserves the rights to further screenings of your film for one year after the event (November 3, 2019). THIS IS NOT GUARANTEED AND WOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH THE FILMMAKERS PRIOR TO ANY ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS.

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Overall Rating
  • DC Evans

    Ohio Independent Film Festival is a very solid, professionally run festival in a unique Cleveland venue!

    December 2017
  • Beret Strong

    This festival is one I highly respect -- both the programming and the fabulous communication leading up to it. They also have a long track record. Recommended!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Beret!