A few frequently asked questions:
Yes! Although Indie Oaks is a Pittsburgh-focused Indie Film Event, we do want to encourage participation from filmmakers all over the country! If you are able and willing to make the trip to join us in Oakmont, PA on April 15th, then you are welcome to submit your film! Please read more about this in Eligibility/Judging.
Yes! Every official selection is entitled to 2 (two) complimentary tickets to the event. These complimentary tickets will be held at the box office under the name of the person who submitted the film. If you would like to have these tickets claimed by someone other than the original film submitter, please indicate this preference via email: IndieOaksFilmFestival@Gmail.com. Filmmakers traveling to the event from outside of the Pittsburgh area area entitled to 4 (four) complimentary tickets.
We aim to publish our list of official selections within 4 days of our submisison deadline. (April 5th at the latest). Official selections will be posted first on Facebook.
If you’re not certain that your film will be ready in time for our submission deadline, you are encouraged to hurry up and at least submit a trailer instead! Ideally trailers, should be 30 – 120 seconds in length. There is no charge for submitting a trailer for us to consider screening at our event. You are welcome to submit the trailer, and then later submit the actual film as submission if it is completed in time. Submitting a trailer and then later submitting a film will not negatively affect your chances of being selected. Good luck! (And in the worst case scenario, there’s always next year!)
We accept films 2 – 20 minutes in length, but generally speaking — shorter films have a better chance of being selected, due to the nature of our one-night event.
Good question! Indie Oaks Film Festival is a one night event — meaning that we have a very limited time frame to show our audience as many great films as possible. While we accept all film submissions between 2 and 20 minutes in length, our average runtime is 5- 7 minutes, with a few in the 7-13 minute range, and even fewer in the 13-20 minute runtime range. In past festivals, we have even had a 2 minute film win second place, so it’s really anyone’s game! A 20 minute film would need to be of extraordinary quality to be accepted as an official selection, while a decent 4-minute film would have a better chance of selection, regardless of quality. To maximize your chances of selection, your film’s length should be in proportion with its quality and impact! In the past, we have often regretfully been unable to include many great 12+ minute films because including them would force us to exclude multiple other great, shorter films – and we are trying to find the optimum balance of quality and quantity of films to pack into one crazy night!