The 15th Oakland International Film Festival will be held April 4-8th at various venues in the City of Oakland, California. Purchase a film pass to view all films during the festival.

Filmmakers and film industry professionals discuss the ins and outs of filmmaking during The 15th Oakland International Film Festival.

Roots

Join us in celebrating 40 years since Roots!

Join us in celebrating 40 years since Roots!

Welcome to the 15th Oakland International Film Festival! Kicking off April 4-8th at various venues in Oakland, California, The 15th Oakland International Film Festival consists of 5 days of highlighting independent filmmakers and the stories they tell. By hosting film screenings, filmmaker panels, networking events, parties, while enjoying music, wine, food makes this film event a festival.

Donna Roberts

Sean Durant

Robbin Rae

Victoria Ruiz and Christiana Piernas

Donna Roberts is producer, director and co-writer of the film, Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil, narrated by Alice Walker, with original Portuguese version narrated by Alice Braga. The film was first envisioned in 1997 during Donna’s initial journey to Bahia, Brazil

Based in the Oakland, California area, Sean Durant is a director and producer with over fifteen years of experience in film and commercial production. “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes” is Sean’s first feature film.

Originally from Oakland, California, Robbin Rae, is a recent graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. As a teacher at McClymond’s High School, Ms. Rae developed McClymond’s first digital media arts program, SMART Academy, to train and motivate Oakland’s youth.

VICTORIA RUIZ (Murcia, SPAIN, 04/08/1977) After studying Communication and Screenwriting, she has worked as a screenwriter and script doctor for film and TV. In 2013, she also started to write and direct theater plays.

OIFF 15 Announces 6 “Made in Oakland” Shorts April 4th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center At Street Level “The Bag” “Cultivating Community “The Seated Siren” “Sifu” “Rebellion”

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OIFF 15 Announces Opening Night film at April 4th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center Directed by Gary Null

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OIFF 15 Announces “Guangzhou Dream Factory” Opening night film @ Holy Names University

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Roots 2017

The Oakland Film Society & Oakland City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney Discussion Historical impact of the Roots miniseries across multiple generations of viewers The older generation perspective vs the younger perspective of Roots Importance of tracing...
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2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the epic television miniseries Roots.

2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of the epic television miniseries Roots. Based on the famous 1976 novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alex Haley. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, 37 Primetime Emmy...
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Promoting independent filmmakers and their stories – Fernando Gonzalez’s “Downunder” screens April 6th

FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ (Madrid, SPAIN, 01/05/1984) Aeronautical Engineer, self-taught film training, in 2004 made his first audiovisual work, his advertisement "Hunter" for Amena. From this moment is involved in the production, script, direction and editing by Alfonso...
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Robbin Rae, is a recent graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. As a teacher at McClymond’s High School, Ms. Rae developed McClymond’s first digital media arts program,

Originally from Oakland, California, Robbin Rae, is a recent graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. As a teacher at McClymond’s High School, Ms. Rae developed McClymond’s first digital media arts program, SMART Academy, to train and motivate Oakland’s youth....
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Walden is a film student at the Bay Area Video Coalition and enjoys creating both narrative and documentary work. He believes in making films about unusual stories that the mainstream film industry may not always be interested in telling. He has skills as an editor as well as cinematographer. He also has a black belt in Kung Fu

Walden is a film student at the Bay Area Video Coalition and enjoys creating both narrative and documentary work. He believes in making films about unusual stories that the mainstream film industry may not always be interested in telling. He has skills as an editor as...
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