Named to 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for Second Year

The Oxford Film Festival is proud to be listed as one of the MovieMaker “50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee for the second consecutive year.

The next festival will be held February 18 – February 21, 2016 in Oxford, Miss. The call for entries will be opened this summer.

Films are accepted from animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, features and shorts and Mississippi films.

The 2015 festival was a record year for attendance. James Franco opened the film festival with his film “The Sound and the Fury” Tim Blake Nelson, who starred in Franco’s film, attended the festival to receive a special Hoka award for Achievement in Film.

To read the entire list of festivals in MovieMaker, visit, follow them on social media including Facebook (MovieMaker Magazine), Twitter (@moviemakermag) and Instagram page (@moviemakermag). Look for the Spring 2015 issue at this month's NAB and Tribeca Film Festival, and on newsstands starting April 28.

Audience Award winner: The Gunfighter

The Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ron Tibbett Audience Award is the narrative short The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack and narrated by Nick Offerman.

Our audience award was named for Mississippi filmmaker Ron Tibbett, after his untimely death in 2004 in a car accident just over a year after his short film Buffalo Common debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. He was one of the founding directors of the Magnolia Film Festival in Starkville, Miss. and a mentor to countless filmmakers around the state.

In case you missed it: Franco Q&A

Considering that opening night for the 12th annual Oxford Film Festival had sold out even BEFORE we found out that James Franco would be joining us for the Mississippi premiere of his film, THE SOUND AND THE FURY, it would not be a stretch to assume that many people who wanted to see the film's Q&A missed it. Thankfully, we have posted it to YouTube for all to enjoy. Also on hand were co-star Tim Blake Nelson, several of the child actors featured in the film, casting agent Matthew Morgan, and producer Lee Caplin.

Photo credit: Danny K Photography

OFF 2015 Winners Announced

The Oxford Film Festival presented a special Achievement in Film award to Tim Blake Nelson on Saturday at the Lyric Theatre along with numerous awards to filmmakers.

Nelson praised Oxford and Mississippi in his acceptance speech and predicted that Oxford Film Festival will be the festival of the south.

The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award was given to David Strathairn and Brian Lee Franklin for the short film Repeater. Director Wade Vanover accepted the awards on their behalf. 

"Our 12th year exceeded our expectations," Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. "It was our smoothest running festival and we had a great times with such guests like James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson." 

Hoka award winners for films in competition were: 

Animation: Proximity by Joshua Cox 
Honorable mention: Jinxy Jenkins lucky Lou
Experimental: a Perfect Day by Oguzhan Kaya .  
Honorable mention: It Goes

Mississippi Music video: A Long Journey by Shannon Cohn

Mississippi short films 

Casey Spradling Memorial Award for Short Mississippi narrative: Garage Sale by Meaghin Burke 
Honorable mention: A Horror Movie. Directed by Glenn Payne.

Short Mississippi documentary: A Mississippi Love Story. by Robbie Fisher
Honorable Mention: Leadway, directed by Robbie Fisher and Dudley Percy Olsson.

Best Documentary Short: The Forgotten by David Feldman 
Best Narrative Short: Day One by Henry Hughes

Special Recognition Awards:
The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention: Best Ensemble cast
Ed is a Portal: Best depiction of tentacles emerging from a brain pan

Documentary Features: 
Grand prize: Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound by William Saunders 
Honorable mention: Oil & Water

Narrative Feature: Burnout by Lydia Hyslop

We will announce the Ron Tibbett Audience Award after the festival on our website. 

The schedule for all films at the Oxford Film Festival is live at and printed programs are available throughout town.

To learn more, visit A full listing of the festival jury is also available at and bios of panelists and jury at

Sponsors for the 2015 Oxford Film Festival include Donna Ruth Roberts, Blake Tartt III, Visit oxford, Malco, Southern Documentary Project and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

The Show (is scheduled to) go on!

Oxford was hit yesterday with -- what to us looked like -- a blizzard! Filmmakers arriving on Wednesday night had to spend the night at the airport hotel, and all schools/offices in town are closed again today. HOWEVER: we are holding out hope that we can continue with our plans tonight at the Malco Oxford Commons, and for the weekend. We are picking up filmmakers as they arrive in Memphis, and will open the will call table at 5:30 as planned. 

Something about the Film Festival weekend brings out the worse in Mother seems like just yesterday that we were having to ask Mayor Patterson to call in the fire department to clear the sidewalk in front of the Lyric so nobody would slip... 

Be careful out there -- see you this weekend!