frequently asked
questions

IMPORTANT: You must review and accept the official rules and release form found on optimafilmfest.com to be eligible to submit films.

  1. When is the Official Submission Deadlines?
  2. Submissions entered from March 11 through May 20, 2016 will be included in the entries for the first regional event that will take place at the Formula Drift event in Wall Township, New Jersey, and June 17-18, 2016.  One entry from this submission period will be selected as a finalist in the National event in Las Vegas, NV during the SEMA show on November 2, 2016.

    Submissions entered from May 21 through July 22nd, 2016 will be included in the entries for the second regional event scheduled to take place at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit August 19-20th.  One entry from this submission period will be selected as a finalist in the National event in Las Vegas, NV during the SEMA show on November 2, 2016.

    Submissions entered for each regional and new submission between July 22 and September 30th, 2016 will be included in the entries for the National Event scheduled to take place in Las Vegas NV during the SEMA show on November 2, 2016.

  3. What are the categories?
  4. Short Video: Videos in this category must be previously unreleased and feature a story or documentary about the performance vehicle enthusiast passion and hobby.  The video should focus on the enthusiast lifestyle, performance vehicle(s), and how performance aftermarket parts empower that lifestyle.  Videos must be less than 7 minutes in length including opening and closing credits.

    Action Video: Videos in this category must be previously unreleased and feature a performance vehicle in a performance moment demonstrating the vehicle in action.  Videos in this category must be shot exclusively on POV action cams (e.g. GoPro, Ion, Contour, etc.) and must be no longer than two minutes in length including opening and closing credits.

  5. Can I submit my film in rough cut and revise after the deadline? 
  6. All submitted films should be final cut.

  7. What submission formats are accepted?
  8. Videos must be a digital video of size and format as will permit uploading at the OUFF program website.  Video files must be in “MP4” or compressed “avi” format.

  9. How do I submit my video?
  10. You must review and accept the rules of the program at optimafilmfest.com

    You can submit your film(s) via two avenues

    1. U.S. Mail - Please mail all submissions to:

      OPTIMA Ultimate Film Fest
      c/o Gunpowder, Inc
      PO Box 180255
      Delafield, WI 53018

    2. File sharing online via the file sharing option on optimafilmfest.com or via WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox or Hightail can be sent to OPTIMAUFF@gmail.com

    When submitting your film via either option, you MUST provide your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the name of your film.

  11. Can I use existing footage in my video?
  12. You can use footage that you have used for other purposes, including broadcast and online use. The actual film submitted to OUFF, in its final edited version must be a previously unreleased cut to be considered.

  13. What happens if you do not receive my video or cannot get it to play?
  14. If we do not receive your video it will not be considered.  If we cannot get it to play we will attempt to contact you.  However, there is no guarantee that we will get your replacement in time, and we must give preference to those who posted a working video to begin with.  For this reason we request that you make absolutely sure that your posted video plays in its entirety before you post it.

  15. Do I need to meet a minimum age requirement to submit a film?
  16. Yes you need to be 18 years of age or older.

  17. How Many Films Can I Submit?
  18. You can submit one film per category for each submission period for a total of six (6) films.

  19. When will I find out if my film was selected as a finalist?
  20. We will notify finalists two weeks before the films air at each event.

  21. Am I required to get releases for copyright protected material (ie. music, vehicles, and people) in my film?
  22. Yes.  You are responsible for getting the proper releases for content in your film.  See official rules for details.

  23. If my film is selected as an entrant for the film festival, am I required to attend the OUFF events?
  24. You are not required to attend any event, but this is an opportunity to meet some of the most influential people in the automotive aftermarket, to show off your film and see some of the most dynamic content in the performance automotive market.  And it’s free!