Now accepting film and screenplay submissions for the 5th anniversary of Tulsa American Film Festival, October 9-13, 2019.


TAFF is seeking films in the following categories:

Narrative Shorts (25 min or less)

Documentary Features (over 25 min)

Documentary Shorts (25 min or less)

Oklahoma based student films (25 minutes or less)

In addition to American-made films of all genres, TAFF is also looking for films that fall into the following categories:

American Indian, Native & Indigenous Films (any length)

Latino American Films (any length)

African American Films (any length)

Disability Films (any length)

LGBTQ Films (any length)

TV Series (25 minutes or less)

Horror Films (any length)

Short Film Screenplays (25 pages or less; un-produced)


Please read submission guidelines below to formally submit your project we exclusively use the FilmFreeway platform to manage submissions.


Guidelines for inclusion in the 2019 program:

All submitted films must be American made. TAFF considers this to mean that the film was produced within the boundaries of the U.S., but we welcome your own interpretation of what constitutes an American film. 

Please note that any film received too late for consideration for the current year's Festival may be considered for the Festival in the following year(s). In addition, quality films not accepted for the current running of Tulsa American Film Festival, for whichever reason, may be considered for re-submission, at no additional fee, unless the filmmaker specifies that the film shall only be considered for the current running of Tulsa American Film Festival.

Films from Tulsa and surrounding area must be a Tulsa premier, including private screenings for friends, family and supporters.

Terms & Conditions:

Simply put, you must have written authorization to exhibit every aspect of your film/video work. All trademarked/copyright work contained within your film or publicity materials - including but not limited to images, sound recordings and musical compositions - must be cleared in order to screen at TAFF. All personal and property releases, licenses, and other required clearances or authorizations must be available for included persons, likenesses, characters, locations, etc. The submitter must also have gained permission from any and all writers, directors, producers, or other individuals who are considered owners of the film, to submit and screen the film. By submitting through Film Freeway, you indemnify Tulsa American Film Festival and its staff from any and all claims resulting from the display of the work. 

All entrants grant permission to have portions of their work reproduced for publicity purposes connected with the Tulsa American Film Festival. Tulsa American Film Festival reserves the right, without limitation, to display any element of any film or script submitted, in part or in whole, for purposes of promoting the film or the Festival.


Tulsa American Film Festival grants awards in the following categories, judged by industry professionals: 

  • Best Feature Film

  • Best Short Film

  • Best Student Short Film

  • Best Director

  • Best Actor

  • Best Actress

  • Best Ensemble Cast

  • Best Cinematographer

  • Best Screenplay

  • Grand Jury Award

  • Best Oklahoma Film