Presenting Princess Shaw Screening Free on July 16

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Oxford, MS: Presenting Princess Shaw will be screened for free on Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm at the Burns Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center.

The Burns Belfry is located at 710 Jackson Avenue East in Oxford. A discussion will be held after the screening. The event is supported by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Samantha Montgomery lives two lives. One in which she takes care of the elderly. The other in which she performs songs on her YouTube channel under the username Princess Shaw. After an Israeli video producer spots her spunky look and her peppy voice, Princess Shaw’s name becomes known. This film shows the power of music and how different subjects or in this case, talents can mix quite well.   

Mary Knight receives Oxford Film Festival grant

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Filmmaker and University of Mississippi broadcast communications specialist, Mary Stanton Knight, received a $2,500 grant from the North Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance and the use of Oxfilm equipment to produce her newest film which will premiere at the Oxford Film Festival.

Knight is a documentary filmmaker with 20 years of experience in videography and film production. Knight is also an Ole Miss alum who often showcases storytellers through her cinematic productions.

Knight’s newest film captures the life and experiences of Water Valley native, Hiram Hubert Creekmore. Creekmore was a novelist, poet, critic, editor, translator and photographer who was born into an affluent Southern family. Creekmore’s various artistic passions contradicted the typical conservative Southern values in which he was surrounded by as he grew up. Creekmore, similar to Knight, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1927 and continued his studies at the University of Colorado and Yale University. Creekmore received a Master’s degree in American literature from Columbia University in 1940. After completing his education, Creekmore served in the Navy during World War II which inspired his earliest works of poetry.

Although a successful and educationally decorated man, Creekmore struggled through isolation and conflict while living in Mississippi as a closeted homosexual. Creekmore wrote many different pieces focusing on the themes of religious fundamentalism in white Mississippians, the discrimination faced by black Mississippians who suffered under the heavily enforced Jim Crow laws, and homosexuality and marriage in the Southern United States. Ultimately, Creekmore, Eudora Welty (Creekmore’s cousin by marriage), and their closest friends formed a small club known as “The Night-Blooming Cereus Club” whose purpose was to watch the cereus flowers bloom at night while discussing literature. The film focuses on Creekmore’s life as a closeted gay man in Mississippi and his connection to Eudora Welty.

Monday Movie Series Kicks off June 11

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On June 11, 2018 A Conversation with My Black Son will be featured as a part of the free Monday Movies screenings presented by the Oxford Film Festival which will take place at the Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center, located at 710 Jackson Avenue E.

The screening will take place from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., and a talk with the Oxford Development Association (ODA) which has worked to ensure that the future of the historic property that is Burns-Belfry remains intact. The film will be presented with a guest speaker and will be free to the public.

The short film from Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster originally premiered on PBS on February 12th and chronicles the dreaded “conversation” black parents must have with their young sons about how to handle race in America, especially due to disproportionate targeting and profiling by the police. The film is intended to foster a conversation about race relations in the United States, says its filmmakers Gandbhir and Foster.

The program is provided free due to generous support from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

2019 Call for Entries Opens May 1

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Call for Entries open May 1, 2018, for the 2019 Oxford Film Festival, taking place in Oxford, Mississippi, February 6-9, 2019. The 16th edition of the festival will include the return of OFF’s screenplay competition with cash prizes, as well as a reduced submission fee incentive for female filmmakers.

 

Led by Executive Director Melanie Addington, and additions to the programming lineup, including Hammer to Nail editor Don Lewis (Narrative features), critically acclaimed filmmaker/actor Victoria Negri (Mississippi features and shorts), and actor Donna Kozloskie (Documentary features and shorts), 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 festival’s award ceremony. 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 event. 

 

This year, films created by people with disabilities, and/or featuring performers with disabilities receive a 50% discount using code ReelOxff. This initiative will be added to the OXFF50 discount for female directed projects (which can be co-directed by a female and male) last year, which led to an increase of the film festival’s alumni database from 28% to 31%. Addington has pledged that OFF will keep the efforts going as long as it takes to get to 50-50 female to male representation. 

 

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The Oxford Film Festival will also be expanding the festival’s LGBTQ category, which will now total 5 features to be on track with he narrative and documentary competitions, thanks to generous Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant to expand LGBTQ stories in the state of Mississippi. In addition, there will be a new student category - which returns to the Oxford Film Festival after a 10-year absence timed to the launch of a new film major at University of Mississippi. OFF continues to work to strengthen ties to film students and find ways to better highlight their works.

 

The growth of that category, in addition to the continuation of the discounted submission fees for female filmmakers demonstrates the real, tangible support for artists of all genders, lifestyles, and cultures that the Oxford Film Festival represents in the South. The film festival has made a name for itself nationally in that regard for the impact it is making with filmmakers, film artists, and the local community, by embracing its place artistically, politically, and socially in Oxford and the state of Mississippi.

 

The Oxford Film Festival is now, without dispute, a prominent “voice” in the regional film festival community, as it continues to take real, and lasting, action in order to offer an oasis of culture, a position of advocacy and support on behalf of minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community, as it supports diverse voices in the state of Mississippi.

When submitting their films to Film Freeway for consideration by the festival, women should use the following submission code to receive their 50% discount: BlacheOXFF

 

Submissions can be made at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/OxfordFilmFestival, and more information is available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

 

The Oxford Film Festival’s competitions this year include:

 

Artist Vodka Film D'Or Prize

A grand prize of $10,000 will be given to the winner along with flight and hotel covered to attend the festival. Also, an audience winner will also be announced with a $500 prize.

Rules of the competition include: The film must be less than 20 minutes and the winner will be required to add In Association with Artist Vodka to opening credits.

Entry deadline for the Artist Vodka Competition is December 1.

Short Screenplay Competition

The Short Screenplay Competition will feature the following prizes for the winning writer/filmmaker:

-       A $1,000 prize for use in making the film from the winning script.

-       OxFilm Society equipment rental for free for use in the production of the film if shot in Lafayette County as well as production support from OxFilm Society.

-       Flight (if not local) and hotel accommodations to attend the Oxford Film Festival to hear the live table read of their script.

-       Producer mentors including John Norris of Wyolah Films (GET ON UP, THE HELP) will also meet with the scriptwriter at the festival to consult on production details to assist in the making of the film.

-       Entry deadline for the short screenplay competition is December 1.

Eligibility rules can be found at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

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:

•    Narrative and documentary features and shorts

•    Mississippi narrative, documentary, and music video

•    LGBTQ

•    Fest Forward (Animation and Experimental)

•    Student Films

 

Submission Deadlines

•    Early Bird: September 4, 2018

•    Regular: October 4, 2018

•    Late: November 4, 2018

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

 

 

 

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. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.
 

 

Academy Announces Oxford Film Fest as grant recipient

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today recipients of its 2018 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants. The Oxford Film Festival received a $5,000 FilmWatch grant to support expanding the features and shorts focusing on LGBTQ issues during the February 6-9, 2019 festival.

“This year the Grants are proud to support 51 organizations whose innovative programs reach broad audiences, underserved high school and college students, support mid-career and emerging filmmakers, and engage and enrich their local communities. The Grants also reached out to support several film archives devastated by recent climate events. It is the Grants’ privilege and responsibility to fund organizations, rising and established, that reflect both The Academy’s values and its leadership role in the arts,” said Buffy Shutt, chair of the Academy’s grants committee.

The 16th annual Oxford Film Festival will expand its LGBTQ features to five from three and provide more shorts than in previous years. The festival has always shown quality LGBTQ content but in response to HB 1523, a bill passed in Mississippi, the Religious Liberties Accommodation Act, created a new LGBTQ section to create a system of support for LGBTQ filmmakers. Submissions open on May 1. 

The Academy’s FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants were established to identify and empower future filmmakers from nontraditional backgrounds, cultivate new and diverse talent, promote motion pictures as an art form, and provide a platform for underrepresented artists. Grants range from $5,000-$15,000, and a total of $500,000 was awarded for the 2018-2019 grants year.