Oakland Short Film Festival

Oakland Short Film Festival

Submit your film today!

Oakland Short Film Festival is an event founded by filmmakers for filmmakers.

We aim to create a festival where independent short films of all genres and countries of origin get the recognition they deserve, where filmmakers can come together and celebrate each other’s work, at a fully sold-out cinema, filled with cinephiles.

Short films have difficulties reaching larger audiences, which is why Oakland Short Film Festival’s goal is to showcase the best indie short films of the past years to a large crowd. We aim to show people the high quality of short films, and how they provide a unique film experience, which can be just as rewarding and interesting as watching a feature-length film.

Submit now for a chance to be screened at the Oakland Short Film Festival, in April 2020!

Our venue, The New Parkway theater is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland’s Uptown district, a place where you can enjoy great movies with good food and drinks in cozy couches. We believe that a great venue is the first step in creating a truly valuable film festival, it’s the best way to reach the right audience and to provide the best possible festival experience for both the filmmakers and the festival-goers.


OSFF is run in association with Close:Up, a collection of international film festivals supporting indie filmmaking. By establishing a working network among filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences.

The festival program will consist of international short films of different genres. All styles, genres and languages are welcome. Our team of judges, who come from filmmaking and film criticism backgrounds, will select the most diverse screening selection.

We will award winners in the following categories:

Best Short Film

Best Documentary Short

Best Drama Short

Best Thriller Short

Best Comedy Short

Best Experimental Short

Best Animation Short

Best Director

Best Writer

Best Cinematographer

Best Student Short Film

Best Student Director

All winners will receive certificates, VOD distribution deals and other treats!

The winners will be announced at the festival, after the screening, and online the next day. The evening will be closed with a networking party.



Event Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

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