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|FEATURE FILM - Narrative Films (all categories & styles)
|Feature Length Films in any fiction genre (Drama, Action, Mystery, Romance, Crime, Sci-Fi) may submit in this category.
|FEATURE FILM - Drama
|Feature Length Films with dramatic subject, tone, or themes are invited to submit in this category
|FEATURE FILM - Comedy
|Feature Length Films with comedic subject, tone, or themes are invited to submit in this category.
|FEATURE FILM - Horror / Thriller / Suspense
|Feature Films with Horror / Suspense / Thriller subjects or themes are invited to submit in this category.
|FEATURE FILM - Animated
|Feature Length Animated Films are invited to submit in this category.
|FEATURE FILM - Experimental / Visual Art Films
|Feature Length Experimental or visual art films are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Narrative Films (all styles and categories)
|All Short Films (films with running times of under 60 minutes) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Drama
|Short Drama Films (with running times under 60 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Comedy
|Short Comedic Films (with running times under 60 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Horror / Thriller / Suspense Films
|Any Suspense / Thriller / Horror themed films (with running times under 60 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Animated
|Animated films (with a minimum of 50% animated content) and running time of 45 min or less, are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Experimental / Visual Art Films
|Any experimental or visual art films (with running times under 60 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT FILM - Music Video Competition
|Films (under 10 minutes in length) using visuals to express a musical soundtrack (with minimal dialog) are invited to submit in this category.
|DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS (All Categories & Styles)
|All Documentary Feature Films may submit in this category. *If unsure of specific documentary submission category - submit in this general category.
|DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS (All Categories & Styles)
|All Documentary Short Films (with running times under 45 min) may submit in this category. Documentaries of any style or subject matter are eligible for this category. *If unsure about short-length documentary category of submission - submit to this general category.
Documentary Categories for specific programming and award eligibility are also offered below:
|DOCUMENTARY - Feature Length (Historical Competition)
|Feature Documentary Films with historical subjects or themes are invited to submit in this category.
|DOCUMENTARY - Feature Length (Social Issues Competition)
|Feature Documentary Films with social or political subject matter are invited to submit in this category.
|DOCUMENTARY - Feature Length (Biographical Competition)
|Feature Documentary Films with biographical subject matter are invited to submit in this category.
|DOCUMENTARY- Feature Length (Environmental Competition)
|Feature Documentary Films with environmental subject matter or themes may submit in this category.
|SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Historical Competition)
|Documentary Films with historical subject matter (and running times under 45 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Social Issues Competition)
|Documentary Films with political or social issue subject matter (and running times under 45 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Biographical Competition)
|Documentary Films with biographical subjects (and running times under 45 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Environmental Competition)
|Documentary Films with environmental subject matter (and running times under 45 min) are invited to submit in this category.
|Northwest Audience Award Competition
|Films submitted in this category, if selected, will be eligible to be voted on by audiences at special festival screenings.
|OREGON - Feature Film Submissions
|Feature Length Films made by Oregon Residents (Proof of Current Residency Required).
|OREGON - Short Film Submissions
|Short Films made by Oregon Residents (Proof of Current Residency Required).
|STUDENT Submissions - Feature FIlms
|For Feature Film work by currently enrolled (or newly graduated) High School and College students. *Proof of Enrollment Required*
|STUDENT Submissions - Short Films
|Short Film work by currently enrolled (or newly graduated) High School and College students. *Proof of Enrollment Required*
|TV - Television / Episodic / Series
|Episodic Series and items filmed for television are invited to submit to this category.
|VR - Virtual Reality Projects
|VR submissions for Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear
|WEB - Internet Programs / Content
|Web Content and Internet Series programs are invited to submit to this category.
|Feature Film Screenplays of any genre and style to be read, reviewed, and entered into the OIFF Screenplay Contest.
|SHORT SCREENPLAY / TELEPLAY CONTEST (70 pages or less)
|Screenplays and Teleplays for any genre or style (under 75 pages in length)
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL honors the most innovative and engaging new filmmakers. Promoting the majestic state of Oregon as a global film tourism destination with weeks of film screenings and special events held in the classic cinemas of Oregon.
The Oregon Independent Flim Festival has become one of the largest film festivals in the Northwest; not only in number of films screened annually, but in scope of content and volume of both local and global filmmakers represented.
The lifeblood of independent film is the discovery of new cinema, and the Oregon Independent Film Festival humbly invites all new and innovative filmmakers to join our growing film community via Withoutabox submission to the Oregon Independent Film Fest.
While attending the Oregon Independent Film Festival, surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, our guests can ski, hike, and shop while experiencing the best in new independent cinema.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FEST is becoming the hottest festival for independent film and premiere cinema screening events in the Pacific Northwest.
Just a few of the Oregon Independent Film Festival's recent prestige screenings and premieres include:
"The Big Sick" (Dir. Michael Showalter, starring Kumail Nanjiani),
"Shinjuku Swan 2" (Dir. Sion Sono, with Gou Ayano),
"It Comes At Night" (Dir. Trey Edward Shults),
"Dean" (Dir. Demetri Martin, with Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Kline),
"The Commune" (Dir. Thomas Vinterberg),
"The Neon Demon" (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, with Elle Fanning & Keanu Reeves),
"DePalma" (Dir. Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow),
"Genius" (with Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Laura Linney),
"Love & Mercy" (with John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, & Paul Dano),
'The One I Love' (with Mark Duplass (The League) & Elisabeth Moss,
"Mad Max: Fury Road - Chrome Edition" (with Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy)
Artists like Tilda Swinton, Cheech Marin, Ashley Judd, Benedict Cumberbatch (and many more) have screened new work alongside a programming schedule packed with the best new cinema from festival-discovered breakthrough independent filmmakers.
OIFF proudly debuted Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial effort 'One-Armed Man', as well as 'Myst' & 'Riven' video game co-creator Robyn Miller's debut film: 'The Immortal Augustus Gladstone'.
Our world-renowned Festival Documentary Program has screened many documentaries that went on to acclaim: including the recent documentary 'The Resurrection of Jake The Snake" (now on Netflix), the Sean Penn produced 'The Human Experiment', the acclaimed child labor exposé 'El Milagro', the activist film 'As Goes Janesville' (picked up by PBS), and many more.
OIFF musical documentary discoveries have also found wide release and popular interest, including films featuring: Bob Marley, Quiet Riot, NOFX, and The Flaming Lips.
Oregon Independent Film Festival award winning film 'Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time' was picked up for distribution by Freestyle Releasing (and signed at their OIFF screening).
Australian horror hit 'The Dead Room' premiered at OIFF, and underground horror sensation 'Toad Road', which joined Elijah Wood's SpectreVision after winning Best Picture at the Oregon Independent Film Festival, are a just a few of the many Oregon Independent Film Festival success stories.
OREGON FILM FESTIVAL
The Oregon Independent Film Festival is an event not-to-be-missed for any fan of independent cinema.
With programming that features hundreds of new films, from dozens of countries across the globe, presented each fall, at a wide variety of historic cinemas in Portland and Eugene, with additional screenings in surprise cities across the majestic state of Oregon.
OIFF spans several cities, only to culminate each year in Portland with a week of film screenings, celebrations, events, parties, and our own OIFF Award Ceremony honoring the best new filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters of the past season.
The Oregon Independent Film Festival humbly invites you to submit your work today, and join our growing film community.
See you at the festival!
OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Mr Lane; Mr. Marks; Mr. Park; Mrs. Bandings; Mrs. Marks; Ms. Nelson; OIFF Film Society Collective; OIFF Student Film Society; OIFF Volunteer Cooperative
OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
GENERAL FESTIVAL RULES
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
Failure to comply with guidelines, rules, regulations, & eligibility is cause for disqualification.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (or have your parent or guardian submit on minors behalf) to enter the competition.
The Oregon Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project or film submitted.
All entered scripts and films must be the original work of the author or authors. Multiple authorship allowed.
By entering the OIFF competition through Withoutabox or any other submission service, all entrants release any hold the Oregon Independent Film Festival, it’s Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or in any competition related event.
OIFF submissions via Withoutabox are NOT guaranteed to be promoted, honored, or screened at any OIFF event.
Submission, entry and any fees are for an inclusion in the OIFF Judging Process (from which SOME applicants are then chosen to be honored and/or screened at an OIFF event)
SCREENER SHIPPING INFORMATION:
- Please submit Films via Withoutabox Secure Online Screener
- Or submit by sending a physical DVD (NTSC ONLY) Region 1.
- If using mail: please send all submissions in the smallest possible shipping envelopes, to help reduce our environmental footprint.
- All Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.
- Mark any physical submission DVD copy or disc packaging with:
OIFF Tracking Number
Contact Phone Number.
- Avoid sticker labels on discs as they may damage players.
- Send any postal mail to:
Oregon Film Festival
1950 Franklin Blvd.
- OIFF cannot accept additional, updated or revised versions of submitted films or scripts unless re-submitted with separate fees.
- Please Respect all Deadlines and Fees. OIFF Deadlines are postmark deadlines, please have your film in the mail and fees paid within one week of submitting to be considered for submission.
- Filmmakers who postmarks submissions after the deadline that they submitted under may be subject to additional fees in order for their film to be considered, with any original fees being considered non-refundable.
- Submissions & Press Materials will not be retuned.
- DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS.
- Do Not expect DVD's, BluRay, or promotional materials to be returned.
- The Oregon Independent Film Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage to submission or exhibition or press materials.
SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION RULES
- Please submit screenplays via Withoutabox digital system.
- Screenplays should have a title page with the Film Title, Writers Name, and Tracking Number.
FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION RULES
Please check back with your festival submission agency/site three weeks after submitting to see if your film has been marked as received by the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Due to volume of requests and size of staff, we cannot answer queries about films shipped less then three weeks prior.
Films marked as sent without payment received for over two weeks may be deleted from record & may need to be re-submitted with new fees paid under the current submission deadline.
Our Festival Program and our final festival submission determinations will be decided by August. Please check our site on that date to see when and where your film is screening.
Festival Winners will be contacted by email or phone 1-3 months before the festival, so please include contact information that will reflect how to reach the filmmakers at that time.
Once your film has been selected for presentation, filmmakers may be asked to send a Exhibition Copy for screening. There will only be a small window for receipt of Exhibition Copies and films with copies not received in time may be screened using the original submission DVD.
Screening times and venues are subject to delay or change.
Please note festival dates are always subject to change.
Judges, readers, and screeners decisions are FINAL.
If your film is accepted, you have two weeks to notify the festival if you do not want a screening of your accepted film. By entering the festival you are giving the festival the right to screen your film in any version.
By entering you are acknowledging that If the festival is not notified within the specified two weeks (14 days) from the date the festival sends email notifications of acceptance to the Oregon Independent Film Festival, that your film will be programmed and screened.
By entering/submitting to the Oregon Independent Film Festival you are acknowledging that you have ownership and rights to screen the film you have submitted and that you grant the OIFF the right to screen your film if it becomes chosen to be accepted to our annual film festival.
By entering you agree to all of the OIFF Festival Rules as well as the OIFF Terms & Conditions (listed below).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Oregon Independent Film Festival
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Failure to comply with the guidelines, rules, regulations, terms & conditions and/or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and having your film pulled from screening or competition.
By entering you are admitting to reading and agreeing to follow the General Festival Rules and the Oregon Independent Film Festival Terms and Conditions.
By entering or submitting to any competition you are admitting that you are 18 years of age or older and that you are granting the right to screen your film publicly at least one time in the next year at the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
By entering or submitting to any Oregon Independent Film Festival competition you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if your film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if your film needs to be rescheduled or delayed for any reason.
By entering or submitting to any Oregon Independent Film Festival competition you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind in regard to the promotion or advertising of your film.
By entering or submitting you are agreeing that the Oregon Independent Film Festival is not responsible for films that are missing, damaged, unreadable, lost in transit, or stolen not is the Oregon Independent Film Festival responsible for broken or non-functioning films.
By entering or submitting you are agreeing to reading and understanding the following:
Oregon Independent Film Festival reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
All fees are non-refundable.
All submitted materials become the property of the Oregon Independent Film Festival and will not be returned. By sending your materials to the Oregon Independent Film Festival, you are acknowledge the Oregon Independent Film Festivals right to copy any submitted material, and screen your film or project at least one time in the next 18 months at our Film Festival.
By submitting you are also acknowledging the right to allow Oregon Independent Film Festival use of images and clips from your film or project for the next 48 months on any OIFF website and in any OIFF press materials used to promote the OIFF festival and events, but NOT for any additional commercial use reproductions of your film images and clips.
By entering this competition, entrants release and hold the Oregon Independent Film Festival, it’s Members, Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.
By entering this competition, entrants agree to acknowledge the following:
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