Films are programmed for public screening in a diverse selection of competitions and categories. Each film is presented in one or more of the following sections and is placed at the discretion of the programming committee. The competition is judged by OUFF and MQE Judging Committee who are film industry professionals, including directors, producers, actors, critics, and consumers.
OUFF SHORT FILM CORNER
Short Films are the history of filmmaking and where storytelling with images and then sound began. However, Short Films are the new movement for independent filmmakers, because it allows them to express their ideas without having huge budgets to work with. OUFF will honor the best short with a Crystal Star Award and their short feature on the big screen.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
International Films that have a standard of excellence compete for the Top Honors, and the Believe Award. This award is dedicated to Dunn Pearson Jr. an icon in the music industry, filmmaking and composing for motion pictures.
(Feature & Documentary films)
Rising Directors who are presenting their feature film and documentary films are recognized for their creative work and fresh ideas both on screen and off. Eligibility for the competition is based on films not being previously distributed in the U.S. or Internationally. The award is in honor of legendary writer and actor Melvin Van Peebles.
ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT FILM
Animated Short Subject show-off the creative imagination of the animation filmmakers from around the globe. This competition highlights the work of those who are truly a genius in their craft of creating fascinating character-driven stories.
PHENOMENAL WOMEN IN FILM SHORT SUBJECT
The 2018 OUFF Phenomenal Women recognizes and celebrates the work of women from around the world and honors their creative works in the film industry.
OUFF MUSIC CORNER
Music is the key to movie making and OUFF puts the spotlight on bringing the two entertainment segments together as one (film music). Movies & Music are joined in every aspect of movie making. Where there is movie production, there is music to enhance and highlight every scene in a phenomenal way within the soundtrack. Music is the driving force alongside filmmaking. OUFF will honor the music producer and composer for the best soundtrack, movie, music video score.
In this category, OUFF will honor and award the Music Video director, producer, and artist who shows the most creative potential through their craft.
2018 SPECIAL AWARDS – “LIFE & LEGACY AWARD”
The Life & Legacy Award is OUFF’s Top Award presented each year to recognize the Best Actor and their work within the movie and music business.