The Oak Cliff Film Festival seeks to showcase the best of independent and brave filmmaking of all stripes from Texas-based filmmakers, as well as the rest of the country and the world.


Oak Cliff Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

“I can say I had the most fun at Oak Cliff, met great people, and felt totally taken care of in a way that was a very different experience than any other festival I attended all year (I think I went to about a dozen). Great people, great events, free beer, and awesome movies. They really fostered a filmmaker retreat environment.”
– Jerry White Jr., 20 Years of Madness (OCFF 2015 Alum)


The 10th annual Oak Cliff Film Festival is a general-interest festival whose aim is to screen high-caliber work of all types of genres and styles from all over the world. For examples of our past programs, please visit our website ( Any other questions can be sent to our submissions inbox (

Our current plan is to hold the 2021 edition of OCFF mostly in person at limited capacities. If public health guidelines around COVID-19 change we may modify the program to a mostly virtual program. We plan to keep accepted filmmakers updated on changes as they happen.

Stronger consideration is given to films that have NOT had significant prior exposure in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, particularly in the case of feature-length projects.

When submitting online screeners, please submit a Vimeo link and password that will remain active and unchanged through May 2021. Failure to submit a link that our programmers can access throughout our screening process may be grounds for rejection.

The Oak Cliff Film Festival will not return entries or refund entry fees.


By submitting a film the entrant guarantees that they have obtained all appropriate rights and clearances, and that they have the legal right to both enter their film and, if selected, screen it publicly within the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Oak Cliff Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film accepted for exhibition in the festival for promotional purposes.

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.

January 1, 2021
Opening Date

February 5, 2021
Early Bird Deadline

March 19, 2021
Regular Deadline

April 16, 2021
Late Deadline

April 28, 2021
Extended Deadline

May 7, 2021
Notification Date

June 24 – 27, 2021
Festival Dates