One of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee"

Oxford Film Festival named to Moviemaker’s “50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee in 2014” and opens up the call for entries for the 2015 festival

The Oxford Film Festival is proud to be part of the MovieMaker “50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee in 2014” and announces that the call for entries for the next festival is now open.

This year’s festival will be held February 26 – March 1, 2015 at the Oxford Malco Commons in Oxford, Miss. To submit a film, visit THIS LINK.

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

The 2014 festival was a record year for filmmaker’s attendance with 58 of the films represented for Q&A’s. 

“The new Oxford Malco Commons and the new partnership with Oxford Conference Center was instrumental in growing our festival to the largest it has ever been," Molly Fergusson, Executive Director, said. “We look forward to working with them and our many sponsors, partners, and great volunteers on the 2015 festival.."

To read the entire list of festivals in MovieMaker, visit THIS LINK.

See photos from JOE Q&A

The Oxford Film Festival hosted a friends and family screening of David Gordon Green's JOE, adapted from Larry Brown's novel of the same name. Members of the Brown family were in attendance, as well as Gary Hawkins who wrote the adapted screenplay.

See photos of the event from our Facebook page:

Ticket Lottery Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first-ever TICKET LOTTERY.  

We have ONE winner for the 7:00 p.m. screening of JOE and NINETEEN winners for the 9:30 p.m. screening!

How we selected the winners: 

Pick a number between 1 and 109.... generated at 5:11 p.m. on Monday, March 17

Pick a number between 1 and 109.... generated at 5:11 p.m. on Monday, March 17

Because this was a friends/family screening for the Brown family and the Oxford Film Festival, invitations were mailed at the end of February with an RSVP deadline. At the end of the RSVP period, we looked at the number of seats reserved. For the 7:00 p.m. screening, 213/215 seats were reserved, therefore only TWO TICKETS were available for lottery. For the 9:30 p.m. screening, however, 24/215 seats were reserved, meaning that 191 seats were available for lottery. 

Using the "random number generator" at Random.ORG, we entered the numbers from the spreadsheet created by the entry form, filtered by the screening preference (meaning those trying for seats at 9:30 were not in the pool for 7:00). 

If your name was not selected, THERE IS STILL HOPE!

  • RSVP and lottery tickets must be redeemed by 6:50 p.m. (for 7:00 p.m screening) and 9:20 p.m. (for 9:30 p.m. screening) -- any remaining seats will be made available to the public at this time, first come/first serve.
  • After RSVPs and the lottery winners, there are still 95 available seats, which will also be first come, first serve. 
  • Update: the names of those who tried for the 7:00 screening have been added to the 9:30pm RSVP list. No need to reapply!

Special Screening: David Gordon Green's JOE (Tue., March 18)

Oxford Film Festival is proud to present a special screening of Joe, adapted from the Larry Brown novel of the same name.  A private friends and family screening will be held at the Oxford Malco Commons on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Remaining tickets will be given to the public in a lottery system.

Screenwriter Gary Hawkins and family members will be on hand for a Q&A after the screenings. The Friends of the Library group from the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a free reception from 6 to 7 pm at the Oxford Malco Commons with some appetizers available.

A cash bar will also be available at the Malco.

Directed by David Gordon Green and starring Nicolas Cage, the film is about an ex-con, the unlikeliest of role models, who meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

How the ticket lottery will work:

A limited number of free tickets for each screening will be available through a ticket lottery. Entries will be accepted online at for up to two tickets until 5:00 p.m., March 17, 2014. At 5:00 p.m., names will be drawn at random for a limited number of free tickets. Winners will be notified by the method selected online (telephone, email, or text message).

Only one entry is allowed per person. Like VIP ticket holders, lottery ticket winners must arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening begins. Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public 10 minutes before the screening begins.

Tickets are subject to availability.




Window Dressing Winner

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This year we teamed up with the Oxford Downtown Council for a window dressing contest. We invited the businesses on and around the Courthouse Square to participate from mid-January through the festival, which ended February 9th. 

We provided posters and festival merchandise to interested businesses, and awarded a Contributor Level sponsorship (a $1000 value) to our favorite window: SOMETHING SOUTHERN. Other participating businesses included: Knit 1 Oxford, Visit Oxford, Brooks Collection, and Holli's Sweet Tooth.

Learn how to sponsor the Oxford Film Festival HERE.