2024 ROAR Challenge

2024 OIF ORLANDO ROAR Short Film Challenge


The Primary Film Challenge Rules are incorporated herein. 
Failure to follow All Challenge Rules may disqualify your entry from being screened and/or being eligible for any awards!

Submission deadline for scripts: April 29, 2024 @ 11:59pm
Script Selections announced May 3rd, 2024.
Complete film must be submitted by: August 5th, 2024 @11:59pm
[Premiere TBD ~September 7/14 2024]

  • This challenge has one genre/theme:  Horror, Comedy, Musical.  Sub genres are welcome.
  • If Musical – Your music HAS to be original. No parodies. Minimum 50% of the film must include original song. It has to be singing, not just dancing to music. “Musical film is a film genre in which songs by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film’s characters, but in some cases, they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate”
  • Keep it clean, max rating of  PG-13.  No nudity.  Limited profanity allowed where useful to the story line.  We normally have a general audience in the theater, keep it so the whole family can enjoy the screening. (gore is ok)
  • Maximum total film run-time (including titles and credits) is 9 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 for awards and may not be screened.
  • If your script is selected you are expected to post updates to the OIF group along with these lead tags:
    #OIF #OIFRoarChallenge 
  • Your film may NOT be shown elsewhere prior to the OIF Challenge screening date. 
  • Award nominations for actors as a lead and/or supporting role is limited to a total of three (3) films per Challenge.
  • Writers or Directors are limited to such roles in 1 film per Challenge.
  • Additional Terms and Conditions may apply and will be posted on the submission form.

Be sure to carefully read the Film Submission Guidelines HERE.  This is a film Challenge – Do not jeopardize your entry by not following the Challenge rules!

Please Read

As long as you follow the guidelines and submit your complete film by August 5th, 2024, your screening spot is basically secured and your cast/crew will be eligible to compete for awards. See full guidelines below, here are the top 5: Remember “CHECK”

  1. C – You MUST post at least one Casting Call in the OIF group.
  2. H – All posts must be related to your film and must contain the following Hashtag #OIFRoarChallenge
  3. E – In the complete film, you must add this End Credit without any modifications “This Film was Created for an OIF Film Challenge.”
  4. C – Film to entertain the diverse Crowd – Keep it PG-13, NO nudity (gore is ok) we will have all ages in the audience, including kids.
  5. K – Kick off the film submission process closer to February 1st by assembling the required, Awards Nominees, Poster, and optionally the Bio. (https://oifstudio.com/submissions/awards-nominations/https://oifstudio.com/submissions/poster-submission/https://oifstudio.com/submissions/filmmakers-bio/

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.


  • 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 you on their take of your script. We have a poll with 50+ people who are willing to give that feedback. You can also reach out and consider participating in a table read workshop
  • 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 engaged.
  • Avoid “fluff” that may disenchant the audience and use action for greater engagement.
  • Submit an engaging original. Include a memorable story with scenes and characters to thrill the audience at the premiere.

ROAR Challenge Official Selection


Life Is Torture by – Tracey Jane
When an astute history teacher gives a high-achieving teen her first-ever B, dark-age madness ensues. [ PG ]
Harmony of Spirits by – Dale Metz
Kendra and her father are uprooted from the life they’ve known when they move to a new home that harbors secrets and surprises they were not anticipating. [ PG ]
Sweet 16 (the Musical) by – Robin Hofmann
Being 16 isn’t always easy, but it’s much sweeter with friends. [ PG-13 ]
Impossible Romance by – Jacob Schwartz
An ordinary barista is striking out in the dating scene until the man of her dreams walks into the Dream Cafe. [ PG-13 ]
Strum by – Arlene McQueen
Overwhelmed by grief following the death of a loved one, Mary Ellen’s cries for help are answered when she finds her friends at her doorstep, and a much-needed Girls Night Out on the horizon. [ PG ]
Together…. Forever by – Lauren Butterfield
The spirit of a deceased wife returns to kill her husband so they can be together in eternity. [ PG-13 ]
Love of Music by – Reign Burton
Thanks to the people close to Zoie, she finds the courage to perform in front of a huge audience. [ G ]
Death of a Jazz Singer by – Chase Shellee
Local Jazz singer, London, though she had found a home for her and her fellow performers, but someone is playing games to take it all away. [ PG ] Dance Until You Die by – Sky Belluomini
As a dancer, Laurel struggles with anorexia and body image. Will a trip to the hospital let the truth out? [ PG-13 ]
All Served Up by – Doc Bravo
This diner serves up the best meals this side of Route 66! [ PG-13 ]
To my Beloved by – Zachary Tuttle
A couple torn away from by the conflicts of WW2. The lovers write to each other hoping one day they will see their better halves again. [ PG ]
TOXICITY by – Arturo Uspango
A whimsical family reassures their anxious daughter about the dangers of food. [ PG-13 ]
Mr. Gibb by – Louie Castillo
A newspaper writer rushes to get back to work to publish an article about a local serial killer clown. [ PG-13 ]
Monster Smash by – Joshua De La Vega
Struggling with the pressures of modern life, the classic cinematic monsters break free from their contemporary chains with a comedic musical number. [ PG-13 ]
What If? by – Marvin Ellis
When John and Jane’s potential meet cute turns out to be a missed connection, they make it their mission to find a way to meet again. [ PG ]
The Puppeteer by – Guillermo Garrido
The star of a children’s puppet TV show struggles with whether to renew his contract or move on with his life, but his puppet may have already decided for him. [ PG ]
Never In Your Wildest Dreams: The Musical by – Neena Leon
Logline: A love story blossoms between childhood sweethearts who realize as they got older the love only got stronger [ PG-13 ]
The Voices of Memory by – Aline Lucas
Ashley is back from the army and she is determined to meet Simon a famous singer and the brother of her savior. [ G ]
Dealmaker by – Luis Mayoral-Cortes
Eve is a struggling artist and she is at the end of her rope and on the verge of quitting. But an Art collector shows up name Chester, who sees something in Eve that maybe she has forgotten in herself. [ PG-13 ]
Damsel by – Kylee Peck
Damsel, a puppy, lives wild and free with her dog parents and sister. One day her world gets turned upside down and she gains a new view on humans. [ PG ]
What About Paris? by – Jeffrey Rembert
As dementia robs an old man of the present, his mind find ways to explore the past. A melody, deeply held, offers hints. Perhaps a memory so precious, his heart can’t let it go. [ G ]


Something is Rotten by – TL Westgate
A mob boss uses her henchmen to get information from her accountant about missing money. But there’s something a bit off… [ PG ]
Not Involved by – Chad Wengel
After Merk purchases his first family home, he finds himself in the crossfire of his hot-headed wife and the thieving neighbor. Getting involved puts him in danger of losing his job and his freedom. [ G ]
By The Shore by – Ana Gorayeb
A couple sits by the water and reflects on life, death and the comedy of it all. [ G ]
Sweet Secret by – Luke Riether
Two sisters must outsmart criminals after pursuing a valuable formula, relying on their wits to survive. [ G ]
Roads Apart by – Alex R. Wagner
In the midst of settling into adulthood, Mark, a nostalgia-driven millennial, faces the ultimate test of his commitment when his long-term girlfriend Katie, upon receiving a career-boosting raise, desires a future he’s not sure he wants. As playful daydreams clash with adult realities, it’s time for a roadtrip. [ PG ]
Of Sound Mind by – David Kashner
A gold digger and a male nurse clash to see who will get a dying rich man’s fortune. [ PG ]
Answers to Righty by – Nicholas Hodgkins
2 unwitting men seek to claim a reward for a creepy man’s missing arm. [ PG ]
There’s No Dog Like Jehovah by – Stanley Pomianowski
A smooth talking man on a street corner tries to promote his dog, Jehovah’s healing powers, where a single lick will heal any ailment… for $100, but he isn’t quite ready for when it actually works. [ G ]
Grim Obscurity by – Tyler Sussmann
A late night TV program looks into a recently purchased house, infested with the paranormal. [ PG-13 ]
Up Styx Creek by – Jonathan Silva
A nervous man meets his girlfriend’s friends and family for the first time. He might be flying a little too close to the sun. [ PG-13 ]
Is She a… You Know… by – Kendall Rose
Katie meets the love of her life at a party but can’t tell if she’s into women as well. [ PG-13 ]
Haystack by – Jim McDowell
No matter how lost it is, it still will be. [ PG ]
The Recruits by – Erik Helsen
An aging and obsolete recruiter for the CIA is given an impossible deadline to fill his roster. With only twelve hours remaining, Larry must connect with the modern world using only his wits and the guidance of his trusty sidekick Ahmed. [ G ]
Tables for Three by – Phillip Amusyev
Three men match with the same woman online and end up going on a date with her, at the same time, and they don’t even know it. [ PG-13 ]
Flashlight! by – Hugh DiMauro
Four detectives on a stakeout discover true pandemonium when they goof around with a flashlight having magical powers that force you to tell the truth when you’re in its beam. [ PG-13 ]
Pumped Associates by – Jeff Fowler
A husband hires a motivational consulting company to mediate some marital problems. [ PG ]
Bingo Night! by – Lisa Kathleen Mark
When a bingo game spins out of control, can rivals become friends? [ PG ]
The Walk by – Peyton McLaurin
A couple go on a walk to determine how their wedding plans will be handled. [ PG-13 ]
The Hatching by – Gabriela Scarritt
Two nature-loving Karens become best frenemies while volunteering to watch over an endangered turtle nest. [ PG ]
Interdimension Invention Convention by – David Hahnert
A young inventor battles to win a patent for her beloved creation in spite of challenging competitors. [ PG ]


Atonia by – Krystal Alexandria
Eden is suffering insomnia and having vivid dreams. Her therapist is not what she seems. [ PG ]
The Green Woman by – Nick Marinucci Angela Hamilton
In her relentless search for her missing brother, a woman and her skeptical private investigator stumble into the eerie, plant-filled home of a reclusive widow, only to uncover a nightmarish garden where human life is gruesomely cultivated into botanical horrors. [ PG-13 ]
Derma by – Charles Blakeley
A man makes an untold bargain with his mysterious coworker for his first tattoo. [ PG-13 ]
Red Mirror by – Brooke Fauver
Four best friends think the legend of Bloody Mary is fake. What they find after trying what the legend says do is disturbing and terrifying. [ PG-13 ]
It’s A Party by – Shanita Brown
It’s A Party. A raging party that leads to events only the ones involved can handle. [ PG-13 ]
ISOLATED by – Ross Capps
An awkward teen girl is invited to an island party. As the party builds her anxiety, something lurking on the island threatens to ruin the good times. [ PG-13 ]
The Doll Master by – Martigan N/A
In the twisted world of Master Dali’s horror show, unsuspecting women become pawns in his macabre game of twisted artistry. You’ll be trapped in a nightmare of porcelain and despair, as the Doll Master sets out to expand his collection of living dolls. [ PG-13 ]
Faceless by – Robert Fowler
A young man’s world is shattered as he discovers that his neighbor hides a horrifying secret in plain view. [ PG-13 ]
Family Fright Night by – Lee Clifton
After losing her brother, a woman takes her family on a vacation which turns into a deadly gameshow of “Family Fright Night”, hosted by a deranged entertainer. [ PG-13 ]
Deadly Swipe by – Malvin Delgado
“Dating in the modern era has never been easier. But online anonymity brings with the many questions. Is it simply a left or right swipe…or is it…a Deadly Swipe.” [ PG-13 ]
The Duct Monster by – Keith Driver
A small family seeks to find the trouble with their Air Conditioning. [ G ]
Stalker by – Sean Ebanks
STALKER. A compulsively obsessive man invades the life of an unsuspecting passerby. [ PG-13 ]
Barn Help Wanted by – Rachel Reedy
An old widow is looking for someone to assist her on the farm. She seems so frail and innocent in the beginning, but then you begin to see her evil ways whenever she drinks. this is the job that nobody is allowed to leave. Job applicants are tortured by the old lady and tried to find a way to escape. Will they find a way out? [ PG-13 ]
Inheritance by – Gabriela Grijalba
Damien and Elizabeth celebrate moving into his parents’ home after their passing. They host a pool party with their group of friends but trouble arises when their past comes back to haunt them. [ PG-13 ]
The Drive by – Jordan Haupt
When two college grads accidentally hit someone on a deserted road, they face a moral dilemma: bury the truth or face the consequences. [ PG-13 ]
Parallel Lives by – Stephanie Kirves
The lives of two seemingly unrelated characters struggling with mental illness become eerily intertwined. [ PG-13 ]
The Foster House by – matthew thomas komorowski
When Rebecca and her siblings move into a new foster home, things aren’t as they seem [ G ]
In Silence by – Lewis Leslie
Ryder questions his offer to drive his former girlfriend home after a bad breakup turns into a night he will never forget. [ PG-13 ]
RING by – Anna Lesnick
RING. A mysterious person kills everyone who rings their doorbell, but the doorbell camera captures their victims before they enter the house of terror. [ PG-13 ]
Out of the Band by – David Mittenberg
A band teams up to murder their newest member- the manager’s son, as it is the only way of “firing” him. [ PG-13 ]
Someone is at your Front Door by – Sebastian Nolan
A dad decided to spend Halloween night with his virtual gaming friends instead of being with his family and he pays a hellish price game over. [ PG-13 ]
The Fear by – Kelly Weaver
On a dark night, Mandy has made a critical mistake that not only affects her but the rest of her family. Will they survive then ight or will they succumb to the fear. [ PG-13 ]
Rocky Road by – Yamirellis Ortiz-Soto
After being promoted to shop manager, David must protect the retired shop owner from a dangerous attacker who is after him and his business. [ PG-13 ]
A VHS Summer Camp by – James Pinard
Someone is murdering camp counselors at a Summer Camp and leaving VHS tapes of the murders as clues. [ PG-13 ]
The Autopsy by – Manny Plaza-Fernandez
After an autopsy goes wrong, Drew Connery, a pathologist is forced to confront the grief surrounding her missing daughter against her will. [ PG-13 ]
SILKWORM by – Moe Samhan
After a home invasion takes a sinister turn, a mother’s desperate actions reveal a chilling tale of loss, obsession, and the tangled web of protection and dependency, echoing the delicate bond between silkworms and their caretakers. [ PG-13 ]
iWorm by – Joshua Shaffer
When a software update to a revolutionary implanted intestinal technology causes severe behavioral issues, society deteriorates into shocking violence. [ PG-13 ]
Phantom Car by – Marc Shahboz
“Kira and Stone attempt to steal data from a local crime boss, but a chaotic car chase ensues when supernatural means are used to secure their escape through a desaturated tech noir cityscape. This short is completely animated in Unreal Engine” [ PG-13 ]
Whoopsie Daisy by – Levi Smith
Roland is haunted by a secret that won’t stay buried. [ PG-13 ]
Symbol by – Olivia Smith
While making a new vlog for their growing YouTube channel, a group of reckless college students discover something sinister in the woods. [ PG-13 ]
Embers by – Joshua Trevilcock
When a young man wakes up in the middle of a crime scene, he must fight to ensure he has the chance to clear his name. [ PG-13 ]
Day 325 by – Ja’Quinton Webb
Day 325. Caught in a simulation against his knowledge, an young anxious man is in the fight for his life. [ PG-13 ]