The Magnifying Glass Fellowship Announced

The Magnifying Glass Fellowship
Our country harbors unconscionable social inequalities that too many endure at the expense of their freedom, dignity, safety and lives. The American South and Midwest has a responsibility to investigate the system its roots continue to feed. Members of the regions' marginalized communities continue to see inequality personally magnified but publicly trivialized and, by way of silence and eventual omission, ignored. The Magnifying Glass Fellowship works to pair individuals committed to making crucially important progressive short documentaries with humble financial support and the network of exposure its partners provide.

The purpose of this fellowship is 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.  Projects applying in this granting cycle must plan to be widely accessible via social media or other means.

With a total granting budget of $10,000, these grants aim to support projects about or made by individuals living or working in Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, or Indiana. The Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival (Mississippi), Indie Memphis Film Festival, and the Documentary Institute at Indiana University will act as the granting agents. The program consists of at least (1) $1,000 grant and (2) $500 grants awarded individually to (3) filmmakers in each location.

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.

Submissions are open now for Georgia and Louisiana filmmakers. Mississippi filmmaker deadline will be announced shortly. 

Night for Non Profits!

Oxford Film Festival is taking part in the Night for Non Profits on Thursday, August 18 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St). The event is a ticketed event for the community to come vote for their favorite non-profit and we would like you to consider attending and supporting us to help us raise funds! Visit our table between 6-8 p.m. and vote for us to win! 

Sponsored by the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, the event will start with a reception highlighting nonprofits who impact the community.

Attendees will have the chance to vote, directing support to their favorite charities. Once for the best pitch and for a community favorite award. The $10,000 top prize will be awarded to the nonprofit with the winning pitch and a second cash prize will go to the nonprofit who receives the most community favorite votes.

In addition to the finalist listed above the following nonprofits will be featured during the reception: Holding Hands Resale Shop, Lafayette Endowment Fund for Education (LEFE), Lafayette Upper Elementary School (LUES) PTO, Oxford Film Festival, Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Thacker Mountain Radio Show. 

All nonprofits taking part in the Night for Nonprofits will be competing for the Crowd Favorite Award and cash prize.

Culinary tasting table included in ticket.

We will have selections from:
Panera Bread
Square Pizza
Rib Cage
Proud Larry's
McAllister's
Buffalo Wild Wings
Abner's
Gus' Fried Chicken
My Guy's
Beagle Bagel
Party Waitin' to Happen
My Michelle's

**All food is included in your ticket price!

Cash bar. 

Tickets Available Here!

Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door.

Unable to attend? Consider a donation to the film festival to help us move forward with our 2017 festival! Donate here! 

Extras needed for Community Film "FireMax"

Max McDonaldson blows fire as FireMax. Jake Hall stars as Round About. Photo Courtesy of Melanie Addington

Max McDonaldson blows fire as FireMax. Jake Hall stars as Round About. Photo Courtesy of Melanie Addington

OXFORD FILM FEST COMMUNITY FILM LOOKING FOR EXTRAS

The Oxford Film Festival is producing its newest addition of the community film, FIREMAX, and will need extras for a large scene on Saturday, August 13. Taking part in the Art-Er Limits Fringe Festival, the experience is designed to allow for people in Oxford to take part in the creative process of making a movie.

Firemax is directed by Rory Ledbetter and produced by Melanie Addington and the Oxford Film Festival. The movie is about a superhero that must save Oxford from villains. A light-hearted comedy, the movie is family friendly. Extras of all ages are needed. If a minor, an adult must check you in during filming.

Extras are asked to email Melanie Addington by Thursday, August 11th to receive more detailed instruction at Melanieaddington@oxfordfilmfest.com. Extras will be part of a scene on the Courthouse Lawn on Saturday, August 13, filming at 9 a.m. and ending before noon. Extras must wear comfortable clothes that they would wear to an arts fair and clothing should have no logos on them. Check in on Saturday will be Shelter on Van Buren beginning at 8 am and no later than 8:30 a.m.

WARDROBE: Please wear comfortable clothing that would be suitable for walking around an Arts Festival (a la Double Decker Arts Festival) in the hot summer. Also, please wear tops/shirts/dresses that are either Red, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Black, or Green, or a combination of these colors. We would like everyone to avoid wearing Blue and White. However, blue jeans or off-white shorts are fine.

Artists are also needed to take part to showcase their art in the fair. Contact Melanie Addington if your artwork could be loaned for the scene.

The movie will premiere on Wednesday, February 15 as part of the 14th annual Oxford Film Festival to be held February 15-19, 2017.

ABOUT OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL

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.  

 

Oxford Film Festival RECEIVES MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT

 

Oxford Film Festival RECEIVES MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT

(Jackson, Miss) – Oxford Film Festival of Oxford, Miss has been awarded a $21,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  

The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded $1.5 million in funding to artists and arts programs across the state for fiscal year 2017. See a complete list of MAC's FY2017 grantees by county.

 

Funds were awarded in 47 Mississippi counties, to 165 different organizations and schools and 53 individual artists. Recipients will benefit in a number of ways, including operating support for museums and community arts centers, arts integration and guest artist presentations in schools, and continuing education and supplies for working artists.

 

“Artists and organizations that support the arts are the heart of Mississippi’s creative economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “The Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support their work, which reinforces the value of the arts for communities and for the economic development of our state.”

 

The applications from the grantees were reviewed by a group of panelists with artistic, managerial, educational and peer expertise. MAC’s Board of Commissioners reviewed the panelists’ recommendations before making final funding decisions.

 

In addition to making direct grants, MAC has accepted 33 schools into its Whole Schools Initiative program. The program provides educators with intensive professional development for integrating the arts across the curriculum.

 

MAC also approved 34 artists or groups to its Artist Roster and Teaching Artist Roster, which include many of the best artists and arts demonstrators working in the state. The Artist Roster is updated annually in print and digital versions, and the newest edition will be published in the fall.

 

Non-profit organizations or schools can utilize MAC’s Minigrant program to support a performance or workshop by a Roster Artist. The next deadline for Minigrant applications will be November 1, 2016.

 

For more information on MAC's grants programs, Artist Roster and other services, visit the agency's website,www.arts.ms.gov.

 

Oxford Film Festival Announces Matthew Graves Tribute Night

The Oxford Film Festival will show eight of Graves’ films on June 4 including “‘til death,” “Barry,” “The Embalming,” “Oh, Christmas Triage,” “Ole Miss Monsters” “Bury the Show,” “The Show Must Go On” and “Trick or Treat.”

The screening will be free but donations are accepted. It will be held on Shelter on Van Buren at 1112 Van Buren Avenue at 7 p.m. 

 Oxford filmmaker Matthew Graves’ films have been made known all over the country. Graves has won several awards as a filmmaker due to his successes in writing, producing and directing. Outside of his cinema work, Graves teaches at the University of Mississippi as an adjunct professor in the theatre department. Furthermore, Graves has also produced commercial work and documentaries. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.

 Graves is pleased to be a part of Oxford Film Festival. “It’s been such an honor to work with the Oxford Film Festival and to be a part of the Oxford film community for the past decade. The incredibly talented people that I’ve been blessed to work with here have made me better in so many ways. The opportunities for anyone to get involved in filmmaking in Oxford have never been higher. From the Southern Documentary Project, where I’ve called home, to other groups creating and teaching film like OxFilm, The University of Mississippi Cinema Minor, theSouthern Foodways Alliance, and the Oxford Film Festival, It’s exciting to see the passion for visual storytelling continue to grow here. I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to make but I’m more proud that I’ve been able to play a small part in the growth of this creative community in Oxford.”

 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 four-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.