(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.

Texas Heart returns for one night only!!

Oxford, MS and Jackson, MS – May 3, 2016: Oxford Film Festival will present two special screenings of festival favorite “Texas Heart” at Malco Theaters ahead of the Hollywood premiere. The film will screen in Madison, MS on May 24th and then will return to Oxford’s Malco Studio Cinema for a special event screening on May 31st with a Q & A hosted by OFF’s Executive Director, Melanie Addington. The film will premiere in Hollywood on June 3rd before going into distribution.


Returning from a fantastic festival run, “Texas Heart,” directed by Mark David, is the Winner of the Best Picture, Jury Award and Audience Awards at both the Albuquerque and Durango film festivals, and an audience favorite in February at the Oxford Film Festival. TEXAS HEART stars John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), Erik Fellows (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kam Dabrowski (KILLING LINCOLN), Daniela Bobadilla (ANGER MANAGEMENT) and Johnny Dowers (THE BRIDGE). “Actor Kam Dabrowski’s portrayal of “Tiger,” a kind-hearted, young autistic man is as honest a performance as you will see all year,” says film programmer Rich Henrich, with the Albuquerque Film Festival.


"Texas Heart was just such a great showcase of fantastic movies that come out of Mississippi. We had such an enthusiastic response at the film festival and are glad to partner with them to do a couple special screenings. This is a rare opportunity to be able to interact with cast (and crew) after the screening so come ready with great questions," says moderator Melanie Addington.


The film features some of Mississippi’s most prominent film actors:  Johnny McPhail (THE FREE STATE OF JONES), Susan McPhail (A WALK IN THE WOODS), Rhes Low (FORCED MOVE), Michael LeCour (FORCED MOVE), Rebecca Jernigan (THE CLIENT) and Randy Weeks—all of whom will appear at the screenings and for the Q&As that will follow along with writer and producer Daniel Blake Smith.


“It’s extremely gratifying to see the film Nick (Feild) and I wrote and rewrote over a couple of years come to fruition and win awards at festivals and find audiences all over who relate to the film’s story and characters.  It may be called “Texas Heart” but it’s got some powerful and talented Mississippi blood coursing through its veins,” states the co-writer and producer of the film.


Shot almost entirely on location in Mississippi, in Charleston and Granada, TEXAS HEART tells the story of a corrupt New York lawyer (Erik Fellows) who flees the mob after losing a case.  While hiding out in a small forgotten Texas town, he stumbles upon a powerful reason to do the right thing, even if it means his life. TEXAS HEART is a moving and compelling independent film about starting over and the importance of belonging in a community no matter what the differences may be on the surface.


“TEXAS HEART was an incredible opportunity for our state. It's the first feature film to base in Charleston, Mississippi, and it has expanded the ability of our communities to stand-in for other parts of the country. Our local crew and cast members in that region continue to talk about the great experience they had during the production of the film. Screening the film in Mississippi is an honor for all of us and a testament to the good will and professionalism of the team of producers behind the project,” says Nina Parikh, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Film Office.


TEXAS HEART, is coming to Madison, MS for a special one night screening at Malco Theater’s Madison Grandview Cinema on May 24th with a special appearance by “Buddy” the beloved dog in the film. On May 31st, the film will screen at Malco’s Oxford Studio Cinema with a Q & A with members of the cast and writer/ producer Daniel Blake Smith. Both screenings will be a special presentation of the Oxford Film Festival.


Film Screenings: 


Tuesday, May 24, Madison Grandview Cinema, 221 Grandview Blvd, Madison, MS

7pm & 9:30pm

Tickets:  $9.50/$7.50/$7.50; Box Office: (601) 898-7819


Tuesday, May 31, Malco Oxford Studio, 1111 W. Jackson Ave., Oxford, MS

7pm; 9:30pm.  Q&A after the screening

Tickets:  $9.50/$7.50/$7.50; Box Office: (662) 236-5791


For more information on the event, please go to: www.oxfordfilmfest.com and to learn more about the film and the cast behind TEXAS HEART, go to: www.texasheartfilm.net


You can review the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8RWiX72O_g


For Oxford Film Festival testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zaNaVteyJk

Call for entries now open!

The Oxford Film Festival Festival today announced a Call for Entries for the 15th edition of the film festival which will take place in Oxford, Mississippi, February 15-19, 2017.

Led by Executive Director Melanie Addington, the Oxford FF will screen films, television, and virtual reality projects in all genres, as well as promoting and celebrating Mississippi filmmakers culminating in the presentation of the film festivals famous Hoka Awards. 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, during the five-day film festival.

Three new categories have also been added for the next edition of the festival. Those categories include: Music Documentaries, LGBTQ (expanded from the traditionally strong programming into its own section), and New Media.

The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, the Oxford Film Festival became an independent non-profit organization with 501c3 status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.

The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events.

Film categories include:

• Animated and Experimental

• Documentary and narrative features and shorts

• Mississippi narrative and documentary

• Music Video and Documentary


• Film Forward: A Showcase of New Media


Submission Deadlines

• Early Bird: September 1, 2016

• Regular: October 15, 2016

• Late: November 15, 2016

Seersucker Shakedown: A benefit to support the Oxford Film Festival


Seersucker Shakedown

Celebrating the release of the new book Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

A benefit to support the Oxford Film Festival


Oxford Film Festival and Nautilus Publishing are teaming up for a special book launch to benefit the nonprofit Oxford Film Festival. Seersucker Shakedown will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St).


With live music, appetizers with a southern flair and Abita Seersucker beer and a special Seersucker gin cocktail courtesy of Proof Beverages, the event is sure to make you feel right at home wearing your best seersucker suit. A special presentation by Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker author Bill Haltom will also be held. 


“We are so excited to kick off summer with such a fun party with our friends from Nautilus Publishing,” Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “We are already gearing up for the 2017 festival and have been hosting monthly screenings and workshops and appreciate the wonderful support Oxford provides.”


Tickets not only include admission to the event, but it also includes the book that Haltom will sign on site. Those wearing their best seersucker are entered to win two VIP passes to the 2017 Oxford Film Festival set for February 15-19, 2017.


Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://seersuckershakedown.bpt.me/. Tickets are $35 for OxFilm society and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council members or $40 for non-members. An extra ticket can be purchased with the first ticket without the book for $20 for members or $25 for non-members.  If purchased at the door, tickets are $45 for members or $50 for non-members with the option to buy a second ticket without the book for $30 for members or $35 for non-members.




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.