Deepsouth screening on November 30 to be held free for World AIDS Day

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To raise awareness of HIV and honor World Aid’s Day, Oxford Film Festival will be hosting
a free screening of the documentary Deepsouth November 30 th at the Powerhouse. The free screening will begin at 7pm and concessions will also be available.

The 2012 documentary, Deepsouth, is based on the new American South and the individuals who inhabit even the most isolated corners. This documentary follows college student Josh, an Alabama activist, as well as Kathie and Tammy who annually host an HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Between these four, they begin to redefine traditional southern values and create their own plausible solutions to survive HIV despite the rising numbers.

“As one of the top lethal diseases in both America and worldwide, it is critical to better understand and instill change in how the world views and combats this disease,” said Melanie Addington, executive director of Oxford Film Festival. “As a non-profit who seeks to cover all areas of film, this was absolutely an opportunity to actively play a role.”

This screening has been made possible due to the support from Ole Miss student group, Queer
People of Color, Sarah Isom Center, UM Health promotion and Out Oxford. These sponsors along with many others have allowed Oxford Film Festival to encourage a strong presence of arts in the Oxford community. Over the last 15 years, Oxford Film Festival has experienced tremendous growth and hopes to continue this path in the years to come.

Blood Country Oxford Premiere on Nov. 15

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Oxford Film Festival will be screening BLOOD COUNTRY by Travis Mills at the Powerhouse, 413 14th Street, at 7pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 or at the door, all proceeds will go to Oxford Film Festival.  

Based on the story “The Outlaw, the Sheriff and the Governor” by Robert E. Jones, this true story of injustice and disorder in the Mississippi after the Civil War. Main character, Joe Loftin, is accused of his brother’s murder in Lawrence Country, Mississippi and it is in the Sheriff’s hands to bring this issue to justice. Wednesday, November 15th, this film will be played at The Powerhouse at 7pm. Tickets may be purchase online at https://bloodcountry.brownpapertickets.com or upon arrival.

“Much stronger thematically than narratively, Blood Country is an interesting depiction of frontier life at a pivotal time in American history. It's beautiful to look at but doesn't shy away from the darkness,” said Jennie Kermode, writer for eyeforfilm.com.

Mills won the Hoka for Best Mississippi Feature at the February 2017 festival with his film: DON’T COME AROUND HERE. 

Oxford Film Fest adopts new code of conduct

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The Oxford Film Festival board and staff have adopted a new code of conduct for all attendees to future events with us that supports our positive message of diversity of opinion while supporting a safe space to enjoy movies. Thank you for your support!

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.

Visit Oxford Provides $10,000 grant to OFF 2018!

Visit Oxford has generously given Oxford Film Festival a 10,000 grant for the 2018 Film Festival which will take place February 7-11, in Oxford, MS.  The funds will be used to support the 15th anniversary film festival to be held February 7-11, 2018.

“Throughout the years, Visit Oxford has consistently supported Oxford Film Festival and we are so thankful for their generosity,” said Melanie Addington, executive director of Oxford Film Festival. “Because of their support, we have been able to continue to broaden our presence of arts and assure that each festival is even better than the last”.

This year’s 2018 film festival is expected to grow in attendance from 6,800 to 7,000 attendees. The donations and support from places such as, Visit Oxford, are what allow the Oxford Film Festival to consecutively be named in the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals as listed by FilmFreeway.com. The festival is currently accepting sponsor pledges and donations for the 2017-2018 year. 

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.