Rules & Regulations for Ouarzazate International Film Festival


  • The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Short Film Programmer for Ouarzazate International Film Festival the process is overseen by the festival’s Managing Director and Artistic Director. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Artistic Director, Managing Director and the festival team.


  • The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets.
  • The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.
  • Films must have a maximum duration of 26 minutes including credits.
  • OIFF does not require any premiere status.


  • Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. These details will only be shared with Ouarzazate International Film Festival. OIFF ensures this information will NEVER be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival or one of the festival’s submission partners and will NEVER be shared with anyone else.


  • The Ouarzazate International Film Festival accepts Short Films (up to 26 min) of all genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener).
  • All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Please ensure that the digital video file you’re entering is the highest quality copy of your film, if your film is selected you will be contacted to confirm this.
  • OIFF do not accept entries by post.
  • Films that are submitted on unreadable files will not be considered for selection, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order.


  • A film’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision, the creativity and storytelling.
  • Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival. Those entrants who have not been successful will also receive email notification at this time.
  • After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that the user account is permitted to email you.
  • The festival is unable to give feedback for unsuccessful entries.


  • There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.


  • In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films (under 1 minute) for all Ouarzazate Film Festival publications, festival trailer, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote the event.


  • Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.
  • In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.
  • Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.
  • These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
  • A film that has been selected to screen may subsequently be removed from the schedule prior to the event for the following reasons:
    1. Any unresolved dispute as to the films ownership causing potential problems.
    2. Falsification of information on entry form.