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Oceanside International Film Festival


(OIFF-2015 IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS, SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY FROM OIFF-2014. See “News” section to see a list of winners of OIFF-2014. Check out new separate OIFF website!)

Held every August, Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the Fall. Established in 2009, OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened and judged. It also gives the film buffs a jump-start chance for viewing local and international films at a place in Southern California known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and artistic freedom. Film industry guests and audience members alike will appreciate the ocean-infused atmosphere surrounding the city, where the festival is held. Located in the most Northern part of San Diego county and within a short drive from Los Angeles and Orange counties, Oceanside offers miles of sandy beaches ideal for sun-worshiping and surfing. Between screenings, movie aficionados will be able to visit the famous bungalow house featured in “Top Gun” (starring Tom Cruise), California Surf Museum, or the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline – all downtown Oceanside within walking distance from OIFF. Oceanside is also home to a harbor bustling with restaurants and entertainment, and to the historic Mission San Luis Rey, the largest building in California when completed in 1700’s and the most prosperous of the state’s 21 missions, thus earning the name “King of the Missions”. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Oceanside International Film Festival is a public event conceived and once again underwritten by Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, OIFF is a committee of OCAF which is a 501c3 non-profit organization ( ). OCAF brings quality artistic, visual, performance, and musical arts to Oceanside and its surrounding communities. The organizational committee of OIFF is resolved to make its annual event a success with strong industry experience of its members and fun screening techniques to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. Among the highlights of the festival will be its traditional red-carpet opening gala, recognition of the industry activists, and closing ceremonies with Best-In-The-Category Awards, Best Picture Trophy, and Audience Choice Awards (see News section of this website for complete list of awards).


The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences. Elevating the chances for landing distribution deals for movies like “Callous” and “Working Class” is one of the high goals of this non-profit organization. (Winner of OIFF-2009′s Best Feature award “Callous” - thanks in part to Oceanside Intl Film Festival – has been propelled to stardom and is now available on DVD. OIFF-2012′s Best Picture “Working Class” has also found its way to distribution. Those are just a couple of many examples.)


Red Carpet Welcome & Opening Evening at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, O’side, CA 92054, which used to be the largest movie theater in San Diego County
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Red Carpet Welcome & Opening Evening (enjoy ocean-themed live outdoor performance as refreshments & appetizers are served in the lobby)
3:30 to 6:00 pm  – theatrical performance onstage of Star Theatre, opening speech and greetings from OIFF’s organizational committee, and screening of Guest Feature Film

AUGUST 10, MONDAY 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films at Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054, the oldest theater of Oceanside established in 1936

AUGUST 11, TUESDAY 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films at The Brooks

AUGUST 12, WEDNESDAY 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films at The Brooks

AUGUST 13, THURSDAY 6:00 pm to 10:10 pm – screening of films at The Brooks

6:00 pm to 8:20 pm – screening of films at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
8:30 to 10:00 pm – Workshop #1 at “Studio 219″, 219 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 (next door from The Brooks Theatre)

10:00 am to 12:50 pm – screening of films at Star Theatre
1:00 pm to 2:25 pmworkshop “Deconstructing a Film Score” by Emmy-winning film composer Larry Groupé at the Community Rooms of Oceanside Public Library, downtown branch, 330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 (across the street from Star Theatre)
2:35 pm to 9:00 pm – screening of films at Star Theatre

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Closing Awards Gala at Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Hwy, O’side, CA 92054 (includes refreshments & appetizers, live entertainment, OIFF-2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, OIFF-2015 awards ceremony for filmmakers – for each category from the OIFF Jury, and per each category for Audience Choices, and screening of clips from winning films)


(If you plan on attending OIFF, why not sponsor this event and receive complimentary tickets for just a little extra?!) Oceanside International Film Festival organizational committee has sponsorship opportunities for corporate and private sectors. Call 760-433-3632 to get details how in return they will be recognized in media and publicity at each sponsorship level from “Best Boy” to Producer”:

  • “Producer” $2,000
  • “Director” $1,500
  • “Screenwriter” $1,000
  • “Editor” $500
  • “Grip” $250
  • “Best Boy” $100


  • Narrative Feature Films 40 to 120 min: $45 before December 15 (2014), $50 before March 16 (2015), $55 before June 15 (2015)
  • Narrative Short Films under 40 min: $35 before December 15 (2014), $40 before March 16 (2015), $45 before June 15 (2015)
  • Full Length Documentaries 40 to 120 min: $45 before December 15 (2014), $50 before March 16 (2015), $55 before June 15 (2015)
  • Short Documentaries under 40 min: $35 before December 15 (2014), $40 before March 16 (2015), $45 before June 15 (2015)
  • Animation Films up to 120 min: $35 before December 15 (2014), $40 before March 16 (2015), $45 before June 15 (2015)
  • Student Films* up to 120 min: $25 before December 15 (2014), $30 before March 16 (2015), $35 before June 15 (2015)

(Note*: second submission for Student Film category from the same student filmmaker is free of charge! Email to us for technical details. Student Film fee will apply for third submissions.)

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Filmmakers will be notified if their work is selected for festival screening (becomes an Official Selection) by July 7, 2015. No digital files or hard drives will be accepted. WAB Secure Online Screeners, YouTube, or Vimeo links are OK for submissions. Please do not mail media packages (with printed postcard or flyers of your movie), but rather bring them in person during the festival - after your film is selected for festival screening. “Adopt A Film Maker” program (local accommodations) may be available for accepted entry participants upon request, subject to availability. Please include pre-paid postage with your submission if film copies are desired to be mailed back. Filmmakers may mail their submissions only on DVD or Blu-ray to P.O. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051. Call to leave a message at 760-433-3632 or email See OIFF Facebook page to keep up with updates:

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