Festival Poster


The Fest

The 2016 Oak Cliff Film Festival’s artist’s inspiration used the New American era of 70’s maverick Hollywood as a jumping off point. As then, the desire to break new ground is palpable today among the many in the independent arena. Filmmakers are re-examining how a story can be told and manipulated, distorting the reality more than ever. We sought to feature these films as well as some of their influences. Our 5th annual OCFF took place from June 16-19, 2016 and, as always, featured the historic Texas Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theater, and other venues in north Oak Cliff.

  • •  Made history with the first-ever screening of Phantom of the Paradise at The Majestic Theatre, one of its filming locations, attended by actress Jessica Harper and followed by a special Q&A.
  • Screened a new restoration of the 16mm print of Texas classic Last Night at the Alamo, attended and introduced by SXSW Co-Founder Louis Black.
  • •  Hosted an outdoor screening of 1983 Disney classic Flight of the Navigator, introduced by special guests David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, director and producer, respectively, of Disney’s upcoming Pete’s Dragon.
  • •  Live performances by A Place to Bury Strangers and Tearist at the historic Texas Theatre.


The 2016 awards jury included Aaron Hillis, the Manager of Film & Creative Outreach for Indiegogo, owner of Video Free Brooklyn, and senior programmer and board member for the Cucalorus Film Festival; David Lowery director of Pete’s Dragon (2016) and Ain’t Them Bodies SaintsMichael Tully founding editor of Hammer To Nail, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema, and director; Holly Herrick, Head of Film and Creative Media at the Austin Film Society (AFS) and previous Director of Programming at the Sarasota Film Festival and Deputy Programs Director at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Richard Matson, the president of Matson Films, a film distributor with offices in downtown Los Angeles; Matt Grady; James Johnston, a filmmaker and part of the filmmaking collective known as Sailor Bear where he produced the films Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pioneer, and Listen Up PhillipJoe Dishner; Geoff Marslet; Bart Weiss, an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator, who has lived in Dallas since 1981. He is mostly known as the director and founder of the Dallas VideoFest; Derek Kompare, the Chair of the Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where he writes and teaches about media culture, industries, and history; Chase Whale, a film critic, whose work can be found on Twitch Film, Indiewire, MTV, Flaunt Magazine, and other places; Jerry White, filmmaker, programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival, and director of 20 Years of Madness, which screened in 30 festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, including “Best Documentary” at OCFF 2015; Kerry Navarro, a Lone Star Emmy-winning producer with over a decade of experience in the industry. She has produced for WFAA, feature films, corporate videos and short films and is president of the Dallas Producers Association.


Narrative Features

Grand Jury Prize: Little Sister, dir. Zach Clark

Special Jury Prize for Best Performance: Tomas Pais, Hunky Dory


Documentary Features

 Grand Jury Prize: Contemporary Color, dir. Ross Brothers


Narrative Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: Worldwide Woven Bodies, dir. Truls Krane Meby

Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance: Lindsey Pulcipher for 1985, dir. Yen Tan

Honorable Mention Midnight shorts: Paranormal Idiot, dir. Tom Bardnt

Honorable Mention for Most Totally Effed Up and Impossible to Forget: Gwilliam, dir. Brian Lanano


Documentary Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: The Dog, dir. Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

Honorable Mention: The Boatman, Dir. Zack Godshall


Student Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: Middle Witch, dir. Amanda Gotera

Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Excellence: Florence, dir. Caleb Kuntz