While regular juried competitions are now closed for the 2019 festival, our $10,000 cash prize for one short film and our $1,000 prize for one short script are still open for entries until December 1!
The Oxford Film Festival will be offering grant opportunities for local filmmakers through the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi. Filmmakers from Mississippi can submit their application online along with their idea for a short documentary on social issues. Small grants will be awarded to an application and their documentary will be screened at the Oxford Film Festival in February 2019.
The Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi aims to assist micro-budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice. Ideal projects will run 2-5 minutes in length and require no more than $2,500 in total budget. Projects may broach a number of larger issues, including those of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and gun control, but the ideal proposal will be deeply specific.
Prospective filmmakers should submit a one-page treatment, an expected total budget for their project, a description of intention for funds awarded, key crew bios, a prior sample work no more than 5 minutes in length, and an outreach strategy.
Preference will apply to filmmakers who are invested in documenting oppressed communities of which they are a part. While all involved organizations champion creative allyship, these grants seek to support the lenses of those who know injustice firsthand and are able to quickly bring awareness to specific injustices within these communities.
Project proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2018, and can be done here.
To be eligible for the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi, your project must be completed and ready to screen by January 2, 2019.
This September during SarahFest hosted by Sarah Isom Center, a free documentary about women cinematographers, Cameraperson, will be a part of the free Monday Movies series hosted by Oxford Film Festival at the Burns Belfry. The event will be held on September 17 at 630 pm.
Burns Belfry is located at 710 Jackson Ave E, Oxford, MS 3865.
“Rather than offering a straightforward narrative, the film invited us behind the lend into this cameraperson’s world, where we witness a captivating collage of episodic images and stories connected thematically, textually, sonically, and emotionally. The film vividly combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry.” POV Pressroom
The Sarah Isom Center and Oxford Film Festival will be presenting a free screening of Tim Wolff’s documentary, “The Sons of Tennessee Williams” on September 25th at 7:00pm located at the Powerhouse (413 South 14th Street).
The film focuses on the story of the cultural revolution started by gay men in New Orleans during the 1960s. In the 1950s, homosexuality was illegal in all 50 states, but by the late 1960s, the state of Louisiana chartered four gay Mardi Gras clubs which sparked the fight for LGBT+ rights. The film explores the discriminatory “Jim Crow” type laws which targeted homosexual Americans. The documentary demonstrates how these gay men from New Orleans fought back against unjust laws and everyday oppression through clubs, drag, music, glitter, dancing, and performing while maintaining a humorous attitude through adversity.
Wolff’s film has received praise from The New York Times calling it “irrespressibly funny” and “lightly debauched and thoroughly colorful…an irreverent spoof of aristocratic tradition and a deadly serious protest against social injustice.”