17th Annual

Ojai Film Festival

November 03, 2016 to November 13, 2016

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Narrative Short
Any narrative film under 40 minutes will be considered for this category. Student films are welcome in this and all other categories listed below.
Narrative Feature
Any narrative film over 40 minutes will be considered for this category.
Documentary Short
Any documentary film under 40 minutes will be considered for this category.
Documentary Feature
Any documentary film over 40 minutes will be considered for this category.
Animated films of all lengths and types should be applied to this category.



The Ojai Film Festival offers residents and visitors an opportunity to celebrate the art of film in the uniquely inviting environment of the Ojai Valley.

Ojai is an ideal site for a film festival, both because of its exceptional natural beauty and it proximity to the filmmaking capital of the world. It is appropriate that a community noted for its strong commitment to supporting the arts, as reflected in the various arts-related events that take place here every year, should host an event dedicated to the celebration of the only truly new art form of the Twentieth Century.

The Film Festival brings to its audience a great diversity of unique motion pictures from around the world, including many groundbreaking works that would otherwise be inaccessible. At the same time, it provides a valuable service to filmmakers by giving them access to a highly appreciative audience of intelligent and informed film lovers.

We are particularly proud of the increasing number of films shown at our festival which are later honored by the Motion Picture Academy.

Over the years, we have shown many recipients of Academy Award nominations for "Best Documentary Short" and "Best Animated Short" and awarded prizes to most of them.


The Ojai Film Festival has chosen the phrase "Enriching The Human Spirit Through Film" as its guiding principle, and each year, the Festival focuses on specific topics within that theme.


The Ojai Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of the motion picture through the presentation of an annual multi-day festival in which films and videos submitted by filmmakers throughout the world are publicly exhibited at several venues in and around the city of Ojai, California.

The Ojai Film Festival, like the new millennium, was launched in 2000 with with two goals in mind:
To provide audiences with opportunities to see groundbreaking work that would otherwise be inaccessible.
To provide filmmakers with an enthusiastic audience including film industry professionals.

Each year, far from big city bustle, this delightful small town located 70 miles from Hollywood's doorstep, offers a unique experience:

. Four days of non-stop screenings.
. The best new independent films from around the world.
. Hot filmmaking seminars with top industry icons.
. Special screenings of film classics.
. Opportunities to interact with filmmakers.
. Premieres and pre-release screenings of major motion pictures.

Festival History

For the past twenty-five years, The Ojai Valley has been home to the Ojai Film Society, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of Ventura County through a variety of motion picture-related events presented throughout the year.

The Film Society's primary activity is an annual series of 36 distinguished films shown at The Ojai Playhouse movie theater on Sunday afternoons.

In 1998, the Film Society's Program Director, Steve Grumette, was invited to serve as a juror at the Canyonlands Film Festival in Moab, Utah. With a comparable population and boasting both a vibrant arts community and a spectacular natural environment, Moab is similar to Ojai in many ways. Unlike Ojai, however, which has several million people living within a 75-mile radius, Moab is situated in the middle of a vast desert, with the closest large city more than 200 miles away. And so, on his return from Utah, it occurred to Steve that if Moab could support a thriving film festival, why not Ojai? From that germ of an idea, the Ojai Film Festival was born.

At the next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Ojai Film Society, Steve proposed that they establish their own film festival, and after many months of investigation and debate, the plan was finally approved. On November 15, 2000, nearly two years of intensive effort by more than a hundred volunteers culminated in the opening of the first Ojai Film Festival to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from filmmakers and film-goers alike.

After two very successful years of operation, The Ojai Film Festival became too large an event to remain a project of the Ojai Film Society, and so early in 2002, the festival established itself as an independent nonprofit foundation, dedicated to continuing and expanding the traditions created during the first two years.


Steve Grumette (Artistic Director); Steve Grumette (Artistic Director)


Ojai Film Festival 2015

The theme for the festival is: Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film. Films and videos on all subjects in any genre are welcome.

Entries must be submitted prior to the entry deadline, along with payment for the appropriate entry fee: credit card (online), check or money order.

A self-addressed stamped envelope should be included with any correspondence requiring a reply.

For student-produced work, a copy of a current student ID, or evidence of work having been completed while entrant was a student, must be included with the application.

Checks or money orders (in U.S. funds only) should be made out to The Ojai Film Festival. Any entries not accompanied by a payment for the appropriate amount will not be considered for inclusion in the festival.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Film, Best Student Film, Film Best Exemplifying Festival Theme, Audience Award.

The festival jurors may also award an unspecified number of Honorable Mentions and Special Jury Awards at their discretion.

Cash prizes, trophies, plaques and/or certificates will be presented to the winners.

Public screening prints of entries selected for exhibition must be shipped pre-paid and in a suitable container, with insurance the responsibility of the entrant. We will not accept any COD or late shipments unless previous agreements have been made.

Exhibition prints selected for screening at the Festival will be returned at no charge to the entrant. Return shipments will be insured for $100 for videotapes and $1000 for films. Other arrangements may be negotiated if necessary.


I state that I am authorized to submit this film/video to the Ojai Film Festival for consideration and have read, understand and agree to all entry requirements. I hereby release the Festival from all liability resulting from its exhibition of my film/video.

I agree that if the Ojai Film Festival accepts my film for exhibition at the Festival, I will make it available for that purpose without requiring the payment of a screening fee.

Ojai 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.

I warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations.

I indemnify and hold harmless the Ojai 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.