Film Submission Guidelines and Related Notes

By submitting a film to the Orlando Independent Filmmakers (OIF),  you agree to, and abide by, the following:

  • You are the authorized owner or agent for the production being submitted.
  • You certify that the script is based on an original story where you or a member of your production team is the copyright holder.  No adaptations. No “Fan” films.
  • You are self-rating the film, please choose the rating in line with current industry practices. 
  • In order to help protect the time and effort invested by cast and crew, any production that enters the Challenge which does not complete and submit their film on time will automatically be disqualified from entering the following Challenge.
  • You have obtained all necessary talent and location releases for the submitted production.
  • The end credits must include the following clearly legible credit, without modification:  This Film was Created for an Orlando Independent Filmmakers Film Challenge. These words must be shown in a frame on their own, without additional words or graphics, for at least one second duration.
  • Running length limitation of the film to be submitted varies and is posted on the submission page. 
  • Total running time includes credits.
  • Films should be encoded in h.264, .mov or .mp4 format, 1920p x 1080p Full HD resolution. Do not submit any other resolution for the screening.
  • When submitting films the file names must match the film title exactly (all lowercase), using underscores to indicate spaces.
    Example: if title is “My Dog Is Great”, film file name should be “my_dog_is_great.mp4”. DO NOT use any other file-naming sequence such as “My dog is great version 2.1” or “filmmaker-Darth-Thomas-My Dog Is Great (Final).mov”, MDIG.mp4, or “oif-film-24-mdig-series-b.mp4”.
  • For short film submissions under 12 minutes in running time, total “stock” footage used must not exceed 15 seconds of runtime.
  • Films must be presented in the English Language or use English Language Sub-titles.
  • Only directors and or producers are authorized to nominate candidates for OIF Awards.
  • OIF may show or post images, photos or trailers of your film, up to 30 seconds, via any distribution channel(s) for marketing and promotional purposes. 
  • While filming, abide by all local filming ordinances.

Additional Important Notes

  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit your film project. In the past several films were not screened nor qualified for awards because of unforeseen events occurring near submission deadlines. Work with your editor to get the film in on time.
  • For any Challenges or related events where submissions over 20 minutes in length are allowed, it is strongly recommended that a trailer be submitted.
  • You now have the option of having your film shown on, currently under construction, a new initiative to distribute films from within the huge OIF library and increase exposure to the world.  The site will be launched when its library has reached a substantial size. is owned and managed by the OIF admins, please refer to any terms on the site for more info.

Some of the OIF entry guidelines on this page are modeled after general Film Festival Submission Guidelines, furthering our members’ preparedness in the film industry.  These guidelines are also established  to foster greater general participation in film-making and to provide a broader environment to recognize local filmmakers, talent and crew.
Guidelines are subject to change without notice.  Please review them carefully prior to submitting your entry.

Failure to agree to and abide by all of the above guidelines may disqualify your entry. 

These guidelines were last updated on January 25, 2023.