The Oxford Film Festival presents The Spirit of the Hoka Award, designed by local sculptor Bill Beckwith, to our winners.

Princess Hoka, a Chicaksaw, is important to the history of Oxford, Mississippi not only for being the namesake of the famed Hoka Theater (1977-1996), but also for being among the first names on the land deed of Lafayette County.

The Spirit of the Hoka has been awarded to a number of films in different categories.

Animated Short

  • 2014 = Snowdysseus
  • 2013 = Grandmothers (Abuelas)
  • 2012 = 5 Minutes Each
  • 2011 = The Birds Upstairs
  • 2010 = Topi
  • 2009 = Symphony
  • 2008 = Voodoo Bayou
  • 2007 = Mirage
  • 2005 = Learn Self Defense
  • 2004 = Birdon
  • 2003 (category not awarded)

Audience Award

  • 2014 = Being Awesome
  • 2013 = An Ordinary Hero
  • 2012 = Showtime
  • 2011 = Mississippi Innocence
  • 2010 = The Last Survivor
  • 2009 = Prom Night in Mississippi
  • 2008 = The Elephant King
  • 2007 = Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life
  • 2005 = Glorious Mail
  • 2004 = Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
  • 2003

Documentary Feature

  • 2014 = Bending Steel
  • 2013 = An Ordinary Hero
  • 2012 = Rhino Resurrected
  • 2011 = The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History
  • 2010 = The Last Survivor
  • 2009 = Crude Independence
  • 2008 = The Listening Project
  • 2007 = Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life
  • 2005 = You See Me Laughin: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen
  • 2004 = Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars
  • 2003

Documentary Short

  • 2014 = Herd in Iceland
  • 2013 = Reborning
  • 2012 = Saint
  • 2011 = Sand
  • 2010 = Dive!
  • 2009 = Mississippi Drug War Blues
  • 2008 = Gimme Green
  • 2007 = Bodies and Souls
  • 2005 (shorts category not divided)
  • 2004 (shorts category not divided)
  • 2003

Experimental Short

  • 2014 = Virtuos Virtuel
  • 2013 = Don't Break Down
  • 2012 = Only in Dreams
  • 2011 = Inside Out/Side One
  • 2010 = Utsav Mela
  • 2009 =  Grand Wheel
  • 2008
  • 2007 = What the Water Saw
  • 2005 = Hallaig
  • 2004 (category not awarded)
  • 2003

Mississippi Film (Documentary and/or Narrative)

  • 2014 = Landscapes of the Heart / Evergreen
  • 2013 = April's Way / Tube
  • 2012 = Showtime / Old Oak
  • 2011 = The South Will Rise Again / Murderabilia
  • 2010 = Now or Never
  • 2009 = Neshoba
  • 2008 = Sorry We're Open
  • 2007 = Whole Hog
  • 2005 (category not awarded)
  • 2004 (category not awarded)
  • 2003 (category not awarded)

 

Narrative Short

  • 2014 = Safety
  • 2013 = Deafblind
  • 2012 = Fresh Skweezed
  • 2011 = Pillow
  • 2010 = Birthday
  • 2009 = The Wednesdays
  • 2008 = Aquarium
  • 2007 = Mother
  • 2005 = Lift
  • 2004 = The Anniversary (Ngay Gio)
  • 2003

 

Narrative Feature

  • 2014 = Teddy Bears
  • 2013 = The Discoverers
  • 2012 = Perfection
  • 2011 = Prairie Love
  • 2010 = Carried Away
  • 2009 = Make Out with Violence
  • 2008 = Kabluey
  • 2007 = Wristcutters: A Love Story
  • 2005 = The Milk Can
  • 2004 = Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
  • 2003

 

Music Video

  • 2014 = Poor Lost Souls
  • 2013 = Growing Pains
  • 2012 = Positions in Space
  • 2011 = Cold Red Clay
  • 2010 (category not awarded)
  • 2009 =  Crystal
  • 2008 = Temporary Virgin
  • 2007 = Seabeast
  • 2005 = Moving Along
  • 2004 (category not awarded)
  • 2003

 

Honorary Awards

The Hoka Award for Achievement in Film

  • 2014 = Jason Ritter (actor)
  • 2010 = Ray McKinnon (writer, director, actor)

The Lisa Blount Memorial Award for Acting

  • 2014 = Barry Nash, Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self
  • 2013 = Rebecca Jernigan, Tube
  • 2012 = Christina Beck, Perfection
  • 2011 = Ed Lowry, Pillow