About Us

The Ocktober Film Festival (OFF) is a New York film festival that serves as a platform for artist to express themselves through film and new media. We are heavily involved with the independent filmmaking community and therefore, this festival has become a trusted resource for emerging and established filmmakers. OFF 2018 showcased some of the best visionaries in music and film. This year, we will be expanding our efforts to include more distribution opportunities for all of our selected films.

The Ocktober Film Festival is excited to continue to provide useful information that will enrich and empower the filmmaking community. Educational information on acting, writing, filmmaking, producing, distribution and financing will be available to the public. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we will be able to offer these classes free of charge.

We invite you to join us this year at the Ocktober Film Festival! Unveiling with hundreds of attendees, we expect a significant outcome this year. We are certain this will be a valuable occasion that welcomes diversity and admiration for meaningful art. We look forward to seeing you at the Ocktober Film Festival 2019.

Emelyn Stuart - Festival Founder

What Are People Saying About Ocktober Film Festival

Having The Louisiana Project shown at the Ocktober Film Festival was more than a screening it was a wonderful experience. Networking with filmmakers, actors, artist, producers, investors and many more afforded me an unimaginable opportunity.


Levilyn Chriss


What an amazing festival... This was the first festival that my Short Film "Twelve" was a part of. I was truly blessed that my film procured 2 nominations, for Best Writer and Best Short Film. Thank you Emelyn Stuart, Antoine Allen and Carl Gilbert for making this an experience that I will never forget. See you next year!!

Lynette Blackwell

STEM the Movement was not only honored to be officially selected for the festival but the entire experience blessed us tremendously. We got an opportunity to view and network with some amazing filmmakers, producers, writers and actors...some of which we will probably develop a friendship. Thank you Emelyn and the entire staff for such a warm welcoming experience!
STEM the movement - Best Documentary Winner of the 2017 Ocktober Film Festival.

Stem the Movement

Emelyn Stuart founder of Ocktober Film Festival Thank you for giving me the opportunity to screen Redeploy Short film and to connect with amazing people. Out of all of the festival's I've attended Ocktober Film Festival was well organized and I urge all filmmakers to submit their films for next year's film festival you won't regret it.

Nuria Dixon

Fantastic communication and updates etc. Thanks! Very exciting for a young filmmaker to have a screening in NYC!

Richard Leigh

This a caring festival that caresses filmmakers from beginning to end.
Emelyn Stuart assures we receive the best knowledge and education as filmmakers and Antoine Allen is the additional and pertinent anchor for the festival who understand the journey. He offers an extensive knowledge of taking charge of your career and film as a filmmaker.

Nadhege Path

This is the best film festival I've been a part of. Much thanks to Emelyn Stuart and Antoine Allen. I've never seen this level of support for independent filmmakers and interest in helping them get the tools and knowledge they need to better their craft and succeed in this business. So many great resources and workshops. I can't wait to see what they have planned for next year!

Lamont Fountain