The Oxford Film Festival will partner with the Film Festival Collective to screen short films and other quality programming on XFINITY On Demand, joining a growing network of film festivals across the Eastern and Southern United States.
The Film Festival Collective program spans thirteen states and is available to millions of XFINITY customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
"Comcast has a proud tradition of supporting the arts in our communities, and we are fortunate to offer products that are capable of bringing them closer to our customers," said Walker Anderson, Head of Partnership Marketing in the Comcast Big South Region.
The news by the Oxford Film Festival, whose 13th edition will take place February 17-21 follows recently announced new partnerships and agreements with Panavision, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and The Audience Awards - all aimed to benefit the festival’s filmmakers, promote further production, and assist in bringing greater exposure and introducing new audiences to those filmmakers.
Filmmakers who participated in previous editions of the Oxford Film Festival will work with the organization to lend their works to the On Demand collection for a limited time.
“We’re excited to be a part of the Film Festival Collective,” said Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington. “We consider it part of our primary objective to not simply seek out the best films and filmmakers to bring to our audiences in Oxford, but to do everything we can to broaden the scope of audiences elsewhere for them as well. It’s taking the next step in advocacy of the artist from a programming perspective.”
Films from the festival to be included in the Collective will stretch across genre lines including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, horror, sci-fi, music videos, and beyond. All Film Festival Collective content will be available at no additional cost to XFINITY subscribers within the region. The program is available on both the original Comcast On Demand platform as well as the new X1 platform. With X1, subscribers can access content using voice commands on their X1 remote control.
"The combination of the Festival Collective program and our new X1 Entertainment Operating System represents an enormous push forward in our ability to leverage the scale and diversity of content and sources for the enjoyment of the partners and customers we serve," Anderson added. Although individual film festivals supply their own unique film content, the entire program is curated by the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). A 40-year-old Academy Award-qualifying film festival located in Georgia’s capital city, ATLFF is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the Southeast and has become known for its strong short film programming. In addition, ATLFF has enjoyed over six years in partnership with Comcast, including previous On Demand platforms. Twelve festivals join ATLFF in the Collective: Charleston International Film Festival, Homespun Series, Indie Grits Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival, Macon Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Out on Film, Oxford Film Festival, Ozark Foothills Film Fest, Philadelphia Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.
The Oxford Film Festival is accepting submissions until November 15. The festival will be held February 17-21, 2016. More information is available at http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com. For more information about Film Festival Collective, visit www.filmfestivalcollective.com. For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com. For more information about XFINITY/Comcast Cable, visit www.comcast.com.