Now in its 18th year, the Ojai Film Festival has continually grown in recognition and experienced a steady increase in both film and screenplay submissions.  Film Freeway, the leading Online film submission platform, recently ranked the Ojai Film Festival in the top 2% of the nearly 5000 film festivals in the world.  Last year the Festival received over 400 films from 36 countries. This year, with the submission period only half over, the Festival is on track to surpass that number, with 39 countries already represented.

Artistic Director Steve Grumette is currently looking for more film screeners and readers for screenplay submissions.

“We are looking for people interested in helping select the films shown at the Festival by screening and evaluating the submissions as they come in. In return, each screener will receive a pass to the 10-day Ojai Film Festival held November 2-12,” said Grumette. “As the number of submitted films increases, so does the need for screeners, individuals who enjoy films and can describe what it is they do and don’t like about them.”

Although the majority of screeners are located in the Ojai Valley, many are scattered throughout Southern California, with some as far away as Phoenix and New York.

There is also a need for script readers for the second annual OFF Screenwriting Competition.  Submissions for this competition are also well ahead of last year’s.

An industry-recognized event, the Ojai Film Festival is an important part of Ojai’s cultural calendar. Anyone interested in joining the cadre of screeners and readers should contact the Festival at

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