Submissions 2016

Ouarzazate is for the Moroccan film industry what Hollywood is for the American equivalent, and now this unique place on the footsteps to the Sahara desert also has it’s own Film Festival!
Ouarzazate International Film Festival (OIFF) will showcase emerging filmmakers from Morocco and abroad in unique settings of culture and filmmaking history.
The festivals objective is to bring explorative filmmakers ideas to the Moroccan people and create awareness of Ouarzazate film-industry for filmmakers from around the world.

Submissions for 2016 edition
The Ouarzazate International Film Festival accepts Short Films (up to 26min) of all genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway and Reelport Screener). All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

Submission categories
This first edition of Ouarzazate International Film Festival will only feature short films. We accept short films in the following genres: Fiction, Animation and Documentaries.

The OIFF will over the festival showcase 80-100 short films. Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each of the following categories:

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Short Fiction Film
  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Moroccan Short (all genres)

Calendar and important event dates
Opening Date for film submissions – December 25, 2015
Deadline for film submissions – March 02, 2016
Notification Date – March 23, 2016
Event Date – April 18 – 23, 2016

Entry liability
The filmmaker holds the Ouarzazate International Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.