Film Submission Guidelines

(Use these for OIF Challenge Submissions)

By submitting a film, via url link or other media, to  the Orlando Independent Filmmakers (OIF),  you agree to 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.
  • The very beginning of the film should have a suggested rating, please use the ratings on this page as a guide. The legible rating, normally on a green background, should display for a minimum of three (3) seconds.  Film rating must be disclosed when submitting your entry.
  • For OIF Challenge entries, immediately following the ratings board, the film should contain a two-second white matte with, this graphic overlaid (click on image, then right-click on larger image to “save-as”), identifying the film as part of an OIF Challenge Entry for 3 seconds. The display of these required graphics will not be considered part of the running time.
  • Once completed, selected qualifying films will secure a screening spot at the OIF premiere. Your film may NOT be shown elsewhere prior to the set OIF Challenge screening date.  The OIF screening is a PRIVATE film PREMIERE event open to members and their guests ONLY.  This condition assures you are able to satisfy the showing requirement for certain film festivals.
  • You have obtained all necessary talent and location releases for the submitted production.
  • OIF may show or post images, photos or trailers of your film, up to 30 seconds, via their distribution channels for marketing and promotional purposes.   Primarily for the purposes of generating exposure for your film and the event for which it is being submitted.  If provided, OIF will link the trailer to an appropriate  online page of your choice.
  • If your script is selected for an OIF Challenge or similar event, we request that you post a casting notice for your production to the OIF Facebook Group Page for at least one talent role in such production.
  • Running length limitation of the film to be submitted varies and is posted on the submission page.  Total running time includes any boards/graphics and credits.
  • For any Challenges or similar events where submissions over 20 minutes in length are allowed, it is strongly recommended that a trailer be submitted as well for the aforementioned purposes.
  • Films must be presented in the English Language or have English sub-titles.
  • You warrant that you are not a director, writer or lead actor directly participating in more than one film being submitted to a particular  OIF Challenge, Screening or other OIF-sponsored Event.
  • You may only participate in a LEADING role in a single (1) OIF Challenge Production.
  • Participation in a SUPPORTING role on any production in an OIF Challenge, is limited to two (2) productions.  Where the participant is a lead in any such productions, then they are limited to participate in a supporting role in one (1) production.
  • All other talent or crew member may participate in as many productions as they like.
  • Only directors and/or producers are authorized to nominate candidates for OIF Awards.
  • Any failure to abide by the above guidelines will disqualify your entry.

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 fairer environment for recognizing local filmmaker’s talents. 
Guidelines are subject to change without notice.  Please review them carefully prior to submitting your entry.


These guidelines were last updated on October 19, 2018.