OIF ESCAPE Challenge - 2021



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.

Before you submit your complete film

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

– 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: 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 TBA
  • 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
  • Should you choose to produce the film in isolation, submit the complete film to the online category.
  • If you ended up producing a film in the traditional way on set, submit the complete film to the On Set category.
  • 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 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 in the OIF group with the tags #YOURFILMNAME #FierceChallenge #OIF
  • 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 and excluding extra work.
  • Director, writer is limited to 1 film in the same 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.