The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, culminating in the annual five day festival. 

The festival exhibits over 100 quality films from across the globe and has been praised for its hospitality. 

The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, the Oxford Film Festival became an independent non-profit organization with 501c3 status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.

The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events. Film categories include:

  • Fest Forward: Animated and Experimental and New Media 
  • Documentary and narrative features and shorts
  • Mississippi narrative and documentary
  • Music Video and Documentary
  • LGBTQ

The Oxford Film Festival entertains and educates its participants, providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to watch independent films, as well as to meet the filmmakers and learn from industry professionals. The variety of films, in addition to the panels, attracts filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds. The festival also supports moviemaking in the area through the production of the community film and support of OxFilm Society which loans equipment to filmmakers filming in Oxford. 

Our festival, the Oxford Film Festival, is in Mississippi (USA) and should not be confused with the Oxford International Film Festival in Ohio, now known as the Cincinnati Film Festival, nor OxDox in Oxford, England nor the new Oxford International Film Festival in Oxford. England. 

Oxford Film Festival Code of Conduct

The Oxford Film Festival celebrates film, the range of stories that can be shared through film, and the diversity of audience members and creators that love films.  As a community film festival we strive to provide a safe and harassment-free experience for EVERYONE, in which participants can experience a variety of films and events that inspire, engage, and promote constructive dialogue. 

To that end, the Oxford Film Festival reserves the right to revoke admission privileges to any patrons who exhibit behavior that is disruptive to the operation of the festival or which infringes on the ability of other patrons to enjoy the festival.

If you have any concerns, please know that those wearing a STAFF t-shirt or badge are happy to assist you in anyway. You can always reach us at anytime at info@oxfordfilmfest.com.



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