About OFF

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 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.

Meet the Organizers

Emelyn Stuart, Founder

While handling business logistics in the entertainment, Emelyn never loses sight of providing opportunities to independent filmmakers. Stuart’s first project, “Wings and Beer”, started as a script and a dream from a friend, then morphed into an award-winning short film. Since then, Emelyn produced numerous documentaries and shorts that have won awards and garnered the attention of network television. 


In 2013, Emelyn launched the Ocktober Film Festival to educate, empower and inspire filmmakers. After several years of hosting the festival in rented venues, Emelyn opened Stuart Cinema and Cafe as an affordable alternative for film screenings and the permanent home for OFF.

Carl Gilbert, Festival Director 

Combining his love for the arts with his business experience is what Carl does best. Carl has diligently been planning, overseeing, programming and managing all aspects of the Ocktober Film Festival since 2013.


The unveiling of the festival in 2013 included over 3000 attendees because of Carl’s ingenuity and strategic planning. Carl is also a sought after producer who is often called upon to consult on film and media projects including feature film “Turnaround” and a variety of other shorts. He continue to do work that empowers, educates and inspires filmmakers.

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