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Ogeechee International History Film Festival (OIHFF)


The Ogeechee International History Film Festival (OIHFF) is the only open submission, juried, international cinema program of its kind. In the past, festivals devoted to history films have been located in Europe and abroad. The OIHFF made its debut in March 2017 in Statesboro, Georgia, and has continued to promote and celebrate history presented through motion picture ever since. Now in its sixth season, it is also the longest-running film festival of this type in the world.

This juried festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Georgia Southern University Department of History, the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia Southern University Department of Political Science and International Studies, the Georgia Southern University Department of Communication Arts, the Georgia Southern University Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Georgia Southern University Film Club, the Georgia Southern University History Club, and the Georgia Southern College of Arts and Humanities. To find out more about our partners, visit our Sponsors page.

If you are a filmmaker affiliated with a college or university, the Ogeechee International History Film Festival offers a service of double-blind peer review for use in tenure and promotion decisions. Our reviews typically involve a doctorate-holding historian and a filmmaker with an MFA or Ph.D. degree. Please contact festival director Michael Van Wagenen for more details:


The 6th Annual Ogeechee International History Film Festival will be held virtually from Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26. This festival will showcase great filming talents from around the world. We specialize in non-fiction historical documentary film.

Join us live via Zoom Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET for a live Q&A session with special guest filmmaker George Wingard.

2022 Films

  1. Monumental Crossroads (Netherlands)
  2. A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia (USA)
  3. Maury Voices (USA)
  4. Death Rides on Every Passing Breeze: A Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of Wesley United Methodist Church (USA)
  5. In Their Eyes (France)
  6. Marzo. Chronicles of a Life (Italy)
  7. Desert Tested (Israel)
  8. Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf (USA)
  9. The Collins Story – Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Moon Talk (USA)
  10. The Voice of Thais (Spain)
  11. Cuba between Sol & Luz St. (Brazil)
  12. Borders and Frontiers of Gender: Rethinking Cabeza de Vaca’s Indigenous Encounters 1527-1536 (USA)
  13. Far West, The Hidden History (France)
  14. Hellenic Places: Hermoupolis (Greece)

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Submit a Film

Beginning in 2020, the Ogeechee International History Film Festival will be open submission year-round. This allows for the awarding of certificates of merit on a rolling basis. Films submitted prior to December 1 will be eligible for screening at the festival in February the following year. Program announcements for the festival are made by the first week of January.

All applications must be submitted through our page at Film Freeway:


Georgia Southern University Nessmith Lane Conference Center

847 Plant Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458
Room 1915

Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau

222 S Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458

Georgia Southern University Russell Union

85 Georgia Avenue, Statesboro, GA 30458

Georgia Southern University Sanford Hall

2434 Southern Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458
Room 1002

Armstrong Student Union – Ogeechee Theater

11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419

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For more information, contact:

Lauren Della Piazza Hartke, Coordinator


Films are judged according to various tiers.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze certificates of merit are awarded to the films which demonstrate excellence in both historical interpretation and filmmaking.

At the end of the annual festival submission cycle (December 1 of each year), the review staff will review the Gold merit winners to select the appropriate titles for the February festival screenings. Those films will be judged a second time to select the best short, feature, and student films.

Last updated: 12/7/2023