OIF ESCAPE Challenge - 2021

Nominees and Winners!

The nominees for the Best Hair/MUA category are:

  • Soul Sword Matthew Cooley
  • Timepiece Ashlyn McCain
  • Porch Pirate Chelsea S. Nuñez
  • Sól and Máni Sean Ahearn – WINNER
  • Covington Matthew Cooley
  • The Man Remembered As Toby Rebecca Johnston


The nominees for the Best Production Design category are:

  • Axe Soup Trevor Sherwood
  • Lunar Tides Arturo Uspango
  • Eldorado Nattalia Ortiz
  • The Man Remembered As Toby Justin Rios
  • A Good Home         Mary VonMutius, Madhuri Tata Madhusudan
  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz
  • Sól and Máni Matthew Cooley
  • Girl with the Flowers Jill Minton
  • Covington Angeliz Bruno – WINNER


The nominees for the Best Music category are:

  • The Man Remembered As Toby Brooks Leibee
  • Porch Pirate Jason Doyle
  • Sól and Máni Brooks Leibee, Kathleen Enriquez, and Ben Shepler
  • Table Dance Derrick DeRosia
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Meeting Michael Tobin
  • The Ranger Ben Shepler – WINNER
  • Girl with the Flowers Albert Gonzalez
  • To Catch a Faerie Andrew Scott Foust


The nominees for the Best Sound category are:

  • The Man Remembered As Toby Antonella Soto
  • A Good Home Ben Shepler, Kimberly Cobb
  • Girl with the Flowers Michael Helms
  • Porch Pirate Christian O. Jimenez
  • The Ranger Tristan Ortiz
  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz – WINNER

The nominees for the Best Supporting Actor category are:

  • The Man Remembered As Toby Dean Deck
  • Garage Sale Alex Streu
  • Family Traditions Tyler Veinot
  • Thee Guilty! Kyle Lynn – WINNER
  • Porch Pirate Freddie Jarrett
  • Amor Regem Carlos Pereyo
  • Eldorado Evan Fineout


The nominees for the Best Supporting Actress category are:

  • Family Traditions Newton Lawlor
  • Amor Regem Megan Baillie
  • Girl with the Flowers Ava Front
  • To Catch a Faerie Sarah Yarborough – WINNER
  • The Man Remembered As Toby Judith Topper


The nominees for the Best Cinematographer category are:

  • Covington Luke Riether
  • So, I Guess I’m a Superhero! Matthew Brandt
  • The Man Remembered As Toby Zach Moore
  • Sól and Máni Keira Schmidt
  • Girl with the Flowers Jeremiah Baumbach – WINNER
  • Thee Guilty! Derin George
  • Soul Sword Daniel Hagler
  • The Ranger Ron Bourdeau
  • Eldorado Daniel Hagler
  • Porch Pirate Mischa Bubnash
  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz
  • A good Home John VonMutius
  • Timepiece Spence Jordan


The nominees for the Best Editor category are:

  • Eldorado Kevin James Bond
  • So, I Guess I’m a Superhero! Bethany Brandt
  • Sól and Máni Jc Conklin and Brooks Leibee
  • Girl with the Flowers Michael Speigner
  • Thee Guilty! Derin George
  • The Ranger Krystal Alexandria
  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz
  • Porch Pirate Will Umotong – WINNER
  • A good Home John VonMutius
  • The Man Remembered As Toby Justin Rios & Zach Moore


The nominees for the Best Lead Actor category are:

Garage Sale Matt Payne

  • The Trials and Tribulations of Meeting Ethan Lolley
  • Sól and Máni Matthew Ormaza
  • Family Traditions Clay Gibson
  • Amor Regem Bob Bittner
  • Porch Pirate Brian Allred
  • Thee Guilty! Carlos Pereyo
  • A Good Home Adam Crain
  • Eldorado Josh Andrews – WINNER
  • The Ranger Jeffery S. Herman
  • OLD CUBAN Dan Ortiz

The nominees for the Best Lead Actress category are:

  • So, I Guess I’m a Superhero! Bethany Brandt
  • Lunar Tides Genesis Ortiz
  • Soul Sword Staci Stander
  • Operation 10 from Deep Space Nessma Moussari
  • Family Traditions Kristin Calhoun
  • Amor Regem Nicole Ricks
  • Girl with the Flowers Samantha Minton
  • The Ranger Alix Halvorsen
  • A Good Home Jessie Vaughn – WINNER
  • To Catch a Faerie Ava Charlotte Curtis


The nominees for the Best Original Story category are:

  • Family Traditions Jay Bogdanowitsch
  • Axe Soup Candido Soto III
  • Amor Regem Megan Baillie
  • A Good Home Noah Camenker, John VonMutius
  • The Ranger Jeffery S. Herman
  • Timepiece Ashlyn McCain
  • Porch Pirate John Silver – WINNER
  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz
  • Eldorado Kevin James Bond & Andrew Glen Weeks


The nominees for the Best  Director category are:

  • To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz
  • A Good Home Noah Camenker
  • Amor Regem Marc Lucia
  • The Ranger Danielle J. Bowman
  • Eldorado Kevin James Bond – WINNER
  • Girl with the Flowers Jill Minton
  • Thee Guilty! Jacob Massaro
  • Porch Pirate John Silver


Honorable mentions

  • Carlos Pereyo for his role in “Thee Guilty!” 
  • Alix Halvorsen for her role in “The Ranger”



The top films in the Comedy Genre are:

  • Amor Regem
  • Eldorado – WINNER
  • Family Traditions


The top films in the Retro Genre are:

  • The Ranger – WINNER
  • Girl with the Flowers
  • A Good Home
  • The Man Remembered As Toby


The top films in the Fantasy Genre are:

  • To catch a Faerie – WINNER
  • Sol and Mani
  • Soul Sword
  • Porch Pirate
  • Thee Guilty!






Note: Final screening order will be posted soon.

Block 1 – Retro and Comedy (2:45pm)

A Good Home Noah Camenker Era/Period
Timepiece Spence Jordan Era/Period
Covington Angeliz Bruno Era/Period
Time Change Diner Matt Scoville Era/Period
Henry Tucker’s Big Adventure Wes Imlay Era/Period
The Man Remembered As Toby Justin Rios Era/Period
Axe Soup Candido Soto III Era/Period
Girl with the Flowers Jill Minton Era/Period
The Ranger Jeffery S. Herman Era/Period
Trials and Tribulations Kelly Weaver Era/Period
Amor Regem Marc Lucia & Megan Baillie Comedy
Throne of Power Rex Seaton Comedy
The Not So Secret Life of Teenagers Righley Engelhardt Comedy
Date Night Norma Jean Lipert Comedy
Operation 10 from Deep Space Erik Helsen Comedy
Littering Ends Lives Derin George Comedy
Family Traditions Jay Bogdanowitsch Comedy
RING Lorenzo Simpson Comedy

Block 2  – Fantasy and Comedy (5:00pm)

Sól and Máni Samanta Burton Fantasy
So, I Guess I’m a Superhero! Bethany Brandt Fantasy
The Perfect Stranger Angelina Zagonenko Fantasy
Soul Sword Bria Gaskin Fantasy
Porch Pirate John Silver Fantasy
To Catch a Faerie Dale Metz Fantasy
Always Believe Petra Tressler Fantasy
Lunar Tides Nattalia Ortiz Fantasy
Thee Guilty! Derin George Fantasy
Table Dance Arlene Lagos Fantasy
Raveena’s Revenge Joe Boi Comedy
OLD CUBAN Emilio Roman Comedy
Eldorado Kevin James Bond Comedy
Killing Don Larson David Kashner Comedy
Garage Sale Chuck Fusca Comedy
No ID Florentina Kleiner Comedy
Meet Me in the Middle Davidson Pereira Comedy
The Trials and Tribulations of Meeting Gage Lynn Comedy

Script Selection Announcements

Selected Scripts:

Syd Latimore ATOMIC
Zachary Tuttle The Stiletto’s Kiss
Keara Mix Soul Sword
Gregory Mohn After the Credits Roll
Righley Engelhardt The Not So Secret Life of Teenagers
Matt Scoville Time Change Diner
Candido Soto III Ax Soup
Emilio Roman Old Cuban
Jill Minton The Girl With the Flowers
Dale Metz To Catch a Faerie
John Silver Porch Pirate
Noah Camenker A Good Home
Florentina Kleiner No ID
Jeffery Herman The Ranger
Juan Pantoja The Black glove Murders
Chuck Fusca Garage Sale
Petra Tressler Always Believe
Gage Lynn The Trials and Tribulations of Meeting
David Kashner Killing Don Larson
Marc Lucia Amor Regem
Angeliz Bruno Covington
Samantha Burton Brooke Fauver Sól and Máni
Rex Seaton Throne of God
Joe Boi Raveena’s Revenge
Arlene Lagos Table Dance
Kelly Weaver Trials and Tribulations
Norma Jean Lipert Date Night
Justin Rios The Man Remembered As Toby
Bethany Brandt So, I Guess I’m a Superhero
Angelina Zagonenko The perfect stranger
Nattalia Ortiz Lunar Tides
Brandon Cortes The Future’s Love Letter To The Past
Ashlyn McCain Timepiece
Lucas Piety Littering Ends Lives
Lorenzo Simpson RING
Amy Kole No Horror Movie
Jacob Massaro Thee Guilty!
Wes Imlay Henry Tucker’s Big Adventure
Cole Durhamyou A Look In The Mirror
Jay Bogdanowitsch Family Traditions
Davidson Pereira Meet Me in the Middle
Erik Helsen Operation Ten From Deep Space
Kevin James Bond Eldorado


Bring us to another era, another reality, or just make us laugh and forget our worries!
“Retro”, Fantasy or Comedy are the category themes for this Challenge.

In stepping it up this round, we’re limiting the film run-times to eight minutes. For some newer members in the group this may seem a more challenging exercise, but it forces filmmakers and writers to focus more on the “meat” of the story. Avoid “fluff” that may disenchant the audience and use the action for greater engagement.

Retro – Bring us back to another time, where we escape the present; with story, wardrobe, era props, cinematography, etc.
Fantasy – Bring us to another realm, where we escape this reality; with story, wardrobe, special effects, new surroundings, cinematography, etc.
Comedy – Bring us to a mindset where we escape our heavy thoughts and lift our spirits with laughter.
Link to submission page will be posted closer to the deadline.

– Award Categories

  • Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Original Story, Best Sound, Best Set Design, Best Hair/MUA.
  • Certificate Awards: Challenge specific, Audience Awards, Honorable Mentions, Special F/X, Best Short for each City.

Submit an engaging original. Include a memorable story with scenes and characters to thrill the audience at the premiere.

– An official OIF Script-to-Screen Challenge.


  • Submission deadline for scripts: February 20, 2021 
  • Complete film must be submitted by May 3rd 2021 @ 11:59PM
  • Please practice safe filming.  We recommend all cast and crew take a FREE certificate course here:  https://www.easy-lms.com/safe-sets-covid-19-level-a-english/course-50731
  • Choose one of the following genres: “Retro” (Era/Period), Fantasy or Comedy.  
  • Keep it clean, max rating of  PG-13.  Limit cursing, No nudity, gore and blood are okay.  Limited profanity allowed where useful for the story line. 
  • Keep maximum script page count to ~8 pages 
  • Maximum total film run-time (including credits but NOT required slates) is 8 minutes.
  • If your script was selected you have a secured screening spot at the event and your cast and crew are eligible for awards as long as the final film qualifies and is submitted by the deadline.
  • Films not received by the deadline will not be eligible.
  • If your script is selected you are expected to post updates to the OIF group using these tags:
    #yourproductionname #OIF #oifchallenge 
  • Your film may NOT be shown elsewhere prior to the OIF Challenge screening date. 
  • Standard Terms and Conditions apply and will be posted on the submission form.

Recap of some rules meant to provide more opportunities and fairer chance at the awards ceremony:

  • Same actor can only be in a total of 3 films as a lead or supporting lead role with a max of 2 leads,  excluding extra roles.
  • Director and/or writer is limited to 1 film submission per Challenge.

Here is a link to the full guidelines: CLICK HERE


  • REWRITE – leave the script for a couple of days then come back to read it with a fresh mind, you have time, don’t rush or send the first draft.
  • GET FEEDBACK  – Let someone else advise if it made sense to them. We have a poll with 50+ people who are willing to give that feedback, reach out and/or consider participating in the pre-challenge table read workshop. (will be posted soon)
  • Get to the point fast, answer the question “what are we following here” as soon as you can so your script has a good pace, keep the audience engagedprecautions

Welcome to the second OIF Florida Inter-City Short Film Challenge, hosted by the Orlando Independent Filmmakers Group.

Submissions are now closed

Before you submit your complete film

See guidelines here: https://oifstudio.com/film-submission-guidelines/