Baldwin Chiu accepts the Hoka at the 2016 Oxford Film Festival for Best Mississippi Documentary.

Baldwin Chiu accepts the Hoka at the 2016 Oxford Film Festival for Best Mississippi Documentary.

 The winning films will be announced at the awards ceremony held during the annual film festival.

Winner in the narrative feature and short, documentary feature and short, animation, experimental and Mississippi short and feature, LGBT, music documentary and Mississippi music video will receive our Hoka award.

Other awards include Best Editing, Lisa Blount Memorial Award for Acting, Hoka Award for Achievement in Film and the Alice Guy-Blaché Filmmaker Award which receives a $1,000 cash prize from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation.  The new Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker award also comes with a cash prize courtesy of Dr. Eric Springman and Kat Phillips of Kat Scratch Films LLC. 

Programmer awards are only eligible to attending filmmakers. Juried and audience awards are open whether attending or not. 

All films in the lineup – including those not in competition – are eligible for the coveted Ron Tibbett Audience Award, named for the founding director of the Magnolia Film Festival in Starkville, the first independent film festival in Mississippi. Tibbett died in 2004 in a car accident just over a year after his shot film “Buffalo Common” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Mississippi film winners will receive a one year membership to OxFilm Society which includes use of film equipment free. 

Taproot Audio Design will provide 3 days of post-audio production for the narrative and documentary short winners. 

Narrative winners and our script winner will receive a free listing on InkTip. 

Stay tuned for additional prizes in 2018.

In 2017, Panavision provided $10,000 of equipment rental to the narrative and documentary feature winners. The documentary feature winner also received $2,500 of editorial consultation from Editor Joe Shapiro. Bad Animals provided 3-days of audio post-production to the documentary feature winner. 

2018 Oxford Film Fest Jury

(Coming soon!)

Narrative Feature/Mississippi Feature Jury


Documentary Feature and Music Documentary Jury


Shorts and Mississippi Shorts Jury




Animation/Experimental/New Media/Music Video JurY