Oxford, Miss.— The Mississippi Day of Giving is a statewide day to connect Mississippians with the charities that make an impact in their community.  On Thursday, October 20th as part of the Day of Giving,  the Oxford Growler will host a competition benefiting the Oxford Film Festival and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. 

“This will be a great way to help two good causes while having fun with this new event to help raise money for the arts.” said Oxford Film Festival Director Melanie Addington.

The Oxford Growler, 265 North Lamar Blvd Suite Y, will host a Countdown Party encouragingfrom 6 p.m. to midnight on October 20th.  A different craft brewers from Mississippi will offer a special with the proceeds benefitting the charity.  Come and show your support 12oz at a time while sampling beers from Chandelier, Lazy Magnolia, Lucky Town, Yuengling, Yalobusha, and Southern Prohibition.  Along with beer specials, there will be prizes given out throughout the evening including two tickets to New Orleans on Southwest Airlines, Satterfield Pottery, Oxford Film Fest and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council swag, Locals gift card and much more.

“We are so excited that by working together,  with the Oxford Film Festival and The Growler, we can keep the idea behind the Day of Giving in focus.  That together as Mississippians we can make our community great!” shared Wayne Andrews, Director of the Arts Council.

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council: Founded in 1975 the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council remains committed to a diverse offering of artistic and cultural opportunities. Each year, YAC creates and delivers an exciting package of projects, programs and good works in the spirit of its mission to the community. Each year the staff, the board and volunteers work to present over 320 days of art programs ranging from student programs, exhibits by emerging artists, live theatre productions, concerts, classes, and independent film screenings.

Oxford Film Festival: 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. This year’s festival will be the 14th to be put on. 


Oxford, Miss. – Oxford Film Festival will be hosting three screenings this October as part of their monthly film series. Screenings of of Masculinity/Femininity, Porches and Private Eyes and Rocky Horror Picture Show will be held.   

Feature film Masculinity/ Femininity by Russell Sheaffer is screening for free on Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. This screening includes a Q&A with the director of the film, Russell Sheaffer. This film interrogates normative notions of gender, sexuality and performance.

Porches and Private Eyes is screening at the Powerhouse on October 21st at 7PM.  The film about two women working to solve a mystery was filmed in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Director Travis Mills has said about the film screening, “Our experience filming and premiering Porches and Private Eyes in Mississippi has been inspiring and our opportunity to introduce our work to Oxford’s vibrant culture for the first time is very exciting.” Tickets for this screening are $10 and proceeds will go towards supporting the filmmaker and Oxford Film Festival.

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screening on Halloween Night, October 31st at the Powerhouse and will serve as a fundraiser for the Oxford Film Festival. Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the show will start at 9:30 p.m. This film details the travails of a nice couple stranded in a creepy castle, a mix of fun musicals and horror in one film. This showing of The Rocky Horror Show will include props and a bar. Join Oxford Film Festival for terrible late night thrills on Halloween Night. Regular admission tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members, Movie and Bottomless Beer Cup admission tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Props can be purchases at the door for $5.

Details on all screenings can also be found at  


The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization.

Day of Giving on October 20!

Mark your calendar for October 20. It is the one day that you can do two things for the Oxford Film Festival.

#1 help us raise funds for Mississippi Day of Giving and

#2 save $50 on your VIP badge.

VIP badges have a value of $500 but we give them away at $150. On Oct. 20 you can get it for $100 only. This lets you into every event including private parties with celebrities (and we have some doozies this year which I will announce soonish!), every screening, priority access in line, food tent (it's coming back this year!), and more.

Last year we raised $9,050. Our goal is $7,500 this year. So if only 75 of you buy your VIP passes in advance, we hit our goal. That is it. Simple. A huge help to us, but a great savings for you.

Oh, and did I mention we are also giving away prizes to those who donate at any level? Yeah. All kinds of goodies.

Oh and did I mention we are also throwing a huge party on Oct. 20 from 6-midnight at The Growler where we are competing with Yoknapatawpha Arts Council to win the proceeds from beer sales that evening? Yeah. You can literally drink beer while helping two major non profits. Win-win.

Another way you can help? Get the word out. Share our website for Day of Giving (listed below) all day on Oct. 20 on all social media. Email your friends. Become a fundraiser and help us raise $500 of the $7,500! There are so many great ways to get involved. Help us prove just how generous Mississippi can be!

North MS Hills Grant for Filmmakers Deadline Oct 15!

Wanted to always tell the story of Hill Country Blues? Well now is your chance thanks to a new grant from the North Mississippi Hills Heritage Area and Oxford Film Festival. Get paid $500 and the use of free OxFilm Society film equipment to make a short documentary about the hill country blues scene! The film will premiere at the opening night of the Oxford Film Festival.

Apply by October 15 with your film pitch and the winning film will have until December 15 to make their movie! 

Submit today here! 

EndoWhat screening FREE on Sept. 28!



            Oxford, Miss.—Oxford Film Festival is putting on a special screening of EndoWhat? with the local filmmaker Shannon Cohn.

On Wednesday, September 28th at 7 p.m. join Oxford Film Festival and Sarahfest for a special free screening of EndoWhat? with the filmmakers. The show will be hosted at Shelter on Van Buren (1221 Van Buren Ave).

Endo What is a part of Sarahfest. This film is the only one of its kind as it speaks to women about endometriosis. Endo What gives the facts allowing women to make empowered choices. Endo What gives solid and accurate information about endometriosis straight from the experts. This film allows women to receive all of the knowledge they need while facing a life with endometriosis answering questions they have, and are unable to ask. Also answering questions women may have never known to ask in the first place.

Donations for the 2017 Oxford Film Festival will be accepted at the screening. For a full schedule of SarahFest events, visit