Call for Entries

May 14, 2012 -- Oxford Film Festival announces Call for Entries Festival organizers preparing for 2013 festival, the 10th anniversary of the Oxford celebration of independent film

Oxford, Miss. – The Oxford Film Festival organizers opened submissions recently for the 10th anniversary festival to be held Feb. 21-24, 2013. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 1. Entries will be accepted in the animated short, documentary short, experimental short, narrative short, documentary feature and narrative feature categories with special prizes for Mississippi films. Mississippi filmmakers are also encouraged to submit music video entries via the festival website for free.

May 9 to July 15, 2012 = Early bird rate July 16-September 15, 2012 = Regular rate September 16-October 15, 2012 = Late rate October 16-November 1 = WAB Extended rate

The entries may be submitted online using withoutabox.com or with a paper form that is downloadable at oxfordfilmfestival.com. Filmmakers will be notified by or before December 15. The festival is also hosting a separate free call for entries for 60 to 90 second short films that celebrate Oxford, Independent film or the festival’s 10th anniversary.

To be considered, e-mail melanie[at]oxfordfilmfest.com with a vimeo or YouTube private link. The films will be released on the festival's website and YouTube page in early February 2013, prior to the festival, and will be played during the festival between blocks. Submit by November 1, 2012 to be considered.

Rules and Regulations: 1.  Films must be 60 to 90 seconds and only be original content. No unlicensed clips or music allowed. 2.  Films must mention Oxford, the film festival or the 10th anniversary of the film festival. 3.  Films submitted under these guidelines are not being considered for festival competition. 4.  Films submitted under these guidelines may be posted on YouTube by the festival. 5.  Films submitted under these guidelines may be selected to screen at the festival. 6. If selected to screen at the festival, filmmakers must provide a pro res 422 file for projection. 7.  By submitting the film, you represent and warrant that everyone with an interest in the film is aware of the rules and regulations.

The festival is also currently inviting businesses and individuals to be part of the festival by becoming a sponsor. With cash donations, the festival can pay for filmmaker amenities, such as ground transportation (including to/from the Memphis airport), hotel rooms, airfare for panelists, and cash prizes for winning filmmakers. In-kind donations can be enjoyed at our nightly parties, or the gift bags that filmmakers take back to their rooms. For more information on sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

The 2013 festival schedule will be posted four to six weeks before the festival begins.

The Oxford Film Festival is a non-profit film festival that is held annually in February at the Oxford, Miss. Malco Studio Cinema. It has become well respected throughout both the community and Southeast. The festival is known for showing insightful documentaries, eclectic features, and so much more.

For more information on the Oxford Film Festival, call (877) 560-FILM or email Melanie Addington at melanie[at]oxfordfilmfest.com.

Submit your film

Submit your film for the 2013 Oxford Film Festival Entries are accepted in the following categories:

  • Animated Short
  • Documentary Feature
  • Documentary Short
  • Experimental Short
  • Narrative Feature
  • Narrative Short
Mississippi Music Video:  Music videos made in 2011-2012 may be submitted until Nov. 1 for FREE! -- Band/Musician or video director must be from Mississippi. Email a private YouTube or Vimeo link to melanie[at]oxfordfilmfest.com or email for instructions on how to submit a screener.

How to submit?

1. Online via withoutabox.com (through Nov. 1, 2012)

2. Click here to download a paper form to include with your submission. (Note: fees are CHEAPER for withoutabox users. If you plan to submit to more than one festival, you should join withoutabox!)

When to submit?

  • May 9 to July 15, 2012 = Early bird rate
  • July 16-September 15, 2012 = Regular rate
  • September 16-October 15, 2012 = Late rate
  • October 16-November 1 = WAB Extended rate

When is notification?

  • We will notify all filmmakers by or before December 15, 2012

WANTED: 90-second films

Why not submit a REALLY short film to the 2013 Oxford Film Festival? Don’t have a film to submit to the fest this year but still want to take part? Or just want to have some fun making movies? We are looking for fun 60 and/or 90 second spots that showcase Oxford and film or celebrate our 10th anniversary from filmmakers across the globe. Interested filmmakers may submit for free.

To be considered, e-mail melanie[at]oxfordfilmfest.com with a vimeo or YouTube private link. We will be releasing the films both on YouTube (closer to February 2013) and playing them between blocks during our festival.

Submit by November 1, 2012 to be considered. 

Rules and Regulations:

1.  Films must be 60 to 90 seconds and only be original content. No unlicensed clips or music allowed.

2.  Films must mention Oxford, the film festival or the 10th anniversary of the film festival.

3.  Films submitted under these guidelines are not being considered for festival competition.

4.  Films submitted under these guidelines may be posted on YouTube by the festival.

5.  Films submitted under these guidelines may be selected to screen at the festival.

6. If selected to screen at the festival, filmmakers must provide a pro res 422 file for projection.

7.  By submitting the film, you represent and warrant that everyone with an interest in the film is aware of the rules and regulations.

 

2011 Festival Line-Up

The Oxford Film Festival and Thacker Mountain Radio – two of Oxford’s arts and entertainment traditions – have teamed up to celebrate a weekend of movies with an opening night extravaganza on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Lyric Theatre. The Oxford Film Festival is also proud to announce their Feb. 10-13, 2011 festival films, panels, workshops and conversations to play at the Malco Theater from Feb. 11-13. Opening the festival on Thursday, Feb. 10 will be a special Thacker Mountain Radio show from 6 to 7 p.m. with special guests Les Blank (documentary filmmaker), Michael Adams (author of Showgirls, Teenwolves and Astro Zombies) and musical guests Robert Belfour, Kenny Brown and more special guests. The evening will continue with a screening of two short films. Les Blank’s “Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe,” and Ray McKinnon’s “Spanola Pepper Sauce Company,” before the feature film “Brother’s Justice,” starring and co-directed by Dax Shepard (currently a star of the popular television show “Parenthood.”).

“The Oxford Film Festival is pleased to be teaming up with Thacker again for our opening night.   We are excited to introduce our guests to one of our local treasures,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said.

Afterwards, guests may mingle at the after-party with filmmakers and musical guests until closing at 1 a.m. The cost for the entire Thursday evening’s events is $20 and goes to benefit both non-profit events, Oxford Film Festival and Thacker Mountain Radio. Guests will receive a wristband so they may come and go through the evening.

For the festival, tickets are:

Thursday night = $20 for all; no student discount Multi-day, Fri-Sat-Sun = $30; student discount (with valid ID) $25 Day pass (cannot be used on Thursday) = $15; student discount (with valid ID) $12 Saturday night party = $15, no student discount Individual film pass = $8; student discount (with valid ID) $6.50

Tickets are now available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. Screening times will be available in January at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. The entire film and panel schedule is as follows with premiere status, director and Mississippi connection listed if available:

(* = Non-Competition)

Animation

All in Your Head; regional premiere; Director John Spottswood Moore Amazonia; Mississippi premiere; Director Sam Chen The Birds Upstairs; regional premiere; Director Christopher Jarvis For a Fistful of Snow; regional premiere; Director Julien Ezri Irasshai; regional premiere; Director Annie Tu The Life and Times of a Dust Bunny; regional premiere; Director Emily Hamel Ninjas vs. Guilt; regional premiere; Director David Chai Prayers for Peace; regional premiere; Director Dustin Grella; subject’s mother is from Pontotoc, Miss. The Sasquatch and the Girl; regional premiere; Director Trevor Knapp Jones Stationary Guard Robot; regional premiere; Director Randall Hopkins The Thomas Beale Cipher; regional premiere; Director Andrew S. Allen

Documentary Feature

Beijing Taxi; Mississippi premiere; director Miao Wang Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone; regional premiere; directed by Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler. The Girls in the Band; world premiere; Director Judy Chaikin; subject is from Piney Woods Mississippi Innocence*; special screening; Director Joe York; film tells the story of two men released from prison after spending a combined 30 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit. Features interviews with John Grisham and Innocence Project founders Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History; world premiere; Director Chad Friedrichs The Secret to a Happy Ending*; regional premiere; Directed by Barr Weissman; based on Drive-By Truckers Southern Belle; Directors Kathy Conkwright & Mary Makley What If Cannabis Cured Cancer; regional premiere; Director Len Richmond Worst in Show; world premiere; Directors Don R. Lewis and John Beck

Documentary Short

The Blues According to Lightning Hopkins*; Director Les Blank Dry Wood*; Director Les Blank God’s Square Mile; regional premiere; Director Rachel Julkowski Grounded by Reality; regional premiere; Directors Phoebe Brown and Elizabeth Strickler Mozambique; Director Chris Zalla The Mud and the Blood; regional premiere; Director George Motz Robert Box-Perfect for the Kitchen; regional premiere; Director James Reford Robyn Hitchcock in Memphis*; Director Peter Gilbert Skimming the Surface; Directors Tim Arnold and Landon Lott Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe*; Director Les Blank

Experimental

Aliki; regional premiere; director Richard Wiebe; director’s mother raised in Bruce, Miss The Conjure Woman*; national premiere;  Director Christen Goguen; John Latartara, a member of the band Cornstar, is an associate professor of music theory and music technology at the University of Mississippi, Oxford The Dance of Princess Hiroshibelle; national premiere; Director Volker Schütz Flutter; Director Jaime Johnson; University of Mississippi student Inside Out/Side One; regional premiere; Director Matt Meindl A Movie by Jen Proctor; regional premiere; director Jennifer Proctor Roundabout; regional premiere; Peter Byrne, Carole Woodlock Sand; regional premiere; Director Cari Ann Shim Sham Self-Portrait, world premiere; Director So Hyung Choi Self-Portrait, Director Kory Drahos; University of Mississippi Department of Art student Voice on the Line; Director Kelly Sears Wrestling with my Father; regional premiere; Director Charles Fairbanks Yellow Moon; national premiere; Director Dan Inglis

Family-Friendly *

This category is screening for free at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 12 and is not in competition.

Second Chances My Dog Skip The North Star Opposite Day Safety Smart: About Fire This Way Up The Trampoline

Late Night

Blood Therapy; Director Valarie O. Morris; Duane P. Craig (actor, makeup f/x artist) lives in Horn Lake, MS. Happy Face; Director Franklin Laviola Monster Hunt with James and Kevin; Director Stacey Shirley Murderabilia; Director David Matthews; Crew from Jackson, Miss which was filming location Night of the Punks; Director Dan Riesser River City Dead; Director Daniel Lee; crew is from Blue Springs and Tupelo area which was filming location. Shock; Director Chris Spear; The film was shot entirely in Jackson, during which all cast and crew lived in the city.

Mississippi Documentary

Bill Lilly Builds a Green House; world premiere; Director Thad Lee; filmed in Oxford, Miss Brown Family Dairy; World Premiere; Directors Eric Griffis, Tyler Keith, and Meghan Leonard; subject and crew are from Oxford, Miss. The Sad Waltz; world premiere; Director Richard Ward; Director lives in Pass Christian, Miss. When Cotton Blossoms; Director Scott Magie; subject is Piney Woods School in Mississippi. Smokes and Ears*; Director Joe York, filmmaker from Oxford, Miss and on festival staff, subject from Jackson, Miss. The South Will Rise Again; Director Ben Guest; filmed in Oxford, Miss and at the University of Mississippi. Valentease; world premiere; Director Tobie Baker; filmed in Oxford, Miss.

Mississippi Music Video (listed by band) All will screen Saturday, 11:10am (S1)

Jeff Allen (Oxford) / There Goes Santa Claus Astrocasket (Tupelo) / 976-EVIL; world premiere; directed by Daniel Lee Avenue Hearts (Oxford) / Hold On The Cooters (Oxford)  / Carpetbaggers Live in Mississippi Cory Taylor Cox (Oxford)  / If Snakes Were On Your Plane, I’d Be The First In Line To Administer The Anti-Venom Good Paper (Oxford) / Line Up Junk Culture (Oxford) / West Coast Nash Street (Starkville) / Mississippi Queen Stacy Robinson (Southaven)  / Acting Out for Love Stork & Nick B. (Oxford) / Intent to Distribute TTOCS Rekarp (Jackson)  / Coma Boy T.B. Ledford (Jackson) /Cold Red Clay; Directed by Ron Blaylock Tyler Keith and the Apostles (Oxford)/Shadow of a Cross; Directed by Thad Lee

Mississippi Narrative

25K *; world premiere; director Billy Chase Goforth; filmed on location in Oxford and Holly Springs, Miss. Cameo from UM Football Coach Houston Nutt. All Work; regional premiere; Director Robert Davis, Produced by Alexander Mullen; Cast and crew were students at Oxford High School when filmed. Filmed on location in Oxford, Miss. Blood Feud; Director Johnson Thomasson; Crew was from Mississippi and some portions of the film were shot on location in state. The Hanging of Big Todd Wade*; world premiere; Director Micah Ginn; film created by Oxford Film Festival as a community film. Lukos; Director Michael Williams; Cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state. The Mistake; Director April Wren; cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state. Treat or Eat; Director April Wren; cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state. Where I Begin*; work in progress screening; Director Thomas L. Phillips; co-producer and co-writer Melanie L. Addington is from Oxford, Miss and the film was shot on location in Oxford, Scobie and Sardis, Miss.

Narrative Feature

Brotherhood; Mississippi premiere; Director Will Canon Brother’s Justice*; regional premiere; Directors Dax Shepard and David Palmer The Happy Poet; Mississippi premiere; Director Paul Gordon Passenger Pigeons; Mississippi premiere; Director Martha Stephens S&M Lawn Care; regional premiere; Director Mark Potts Two Gates of Sleep; regional premiere; Director Alistair Banks Griffin; filming done in Poplarville, Miss.

Narrative Short Antiquities; Mississippi premiere; Director Daniel Campbell; star Jennifer Pierce Mathus lives in Oxford, Miss. April; regional premiere; director Mike Piccirillo; Producer Barry Barclay from Jackson, MS. Arkansas Traveler*; Mississippi premiere; directors Sean Bridgers & Michael Hemschoot Conlang; Director Marta Masferrer First Sunrise; regional premiere; Director Kenneth Price God of Love; Mississippi premiere; Director Luke Matheny Our Time Together; world premiere; Director David Lipson Pillow; world premiere; Directors Miles B. Miller and Joshua H. Miller Queen’s Day; regional premiere; Director Jeffrey Ruggles Seeing; regional premiere; director Tony Bloodworth; Producer Barry Barclay from Jackson, MS. Sexting; regional premiere; Director Neil LaBute Skip Town; Director Banner Gwin; Actor Jimmy Hall is a University of Mississippi alumni and former football player for the Rebels. Spanola Pepper Sauce Company*; Mississippi premiere; Director Ray McKinnon Untitled; regional premiere; Director Chad Hartigan When The Hurlyburly’s Done; Directors Hanna Maria Heidrich, Alex Eslam The World of Film Festivals; Mississippi premiere; Director Jim Jacobs

Panels and Workshops

Conversation with Tracy Kilpatrick (casting agent) Conversation with Andrew Meyer (film and music producer) Conversation with Michael Adams (film critic and author) How to Cut a Great Trailer and Promote Your Film on the Festival Circuit (Master class) Speed Pitch Panel (distribution and production help) The Oxford Film Festival program will soon be available on the oxfordfilmfest.com Web site.

Industry connection

The Oxford Film Festival has announced their partnership with Los Angeles-based management production company Cundiff & Company, in an effort to bring quality industry exposure to participants in the festival. The grand-prize winners in Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, and Short Documentary will all have their films reviewed by the agency.

“It’s an awesome way for us to see great film projects from all over” Jimmy Cundiff, a former William Morris agent and founder of Cundiff & Company, said. “Getting a look at the top films from the Oxford Film Festival is a fantastic chance for us to meet undiscovered talent.”

Micah Ginn, a co-director of the festival, emphasized the importance of strong industry ties for the Oxford Film Festival.

“What we strive for here is to create opportunities for the filmmakers,” Ginn said. “We have some incredible films screen here and it is critical that we provide an atmosphere for talented filmmakers to have every break possible to continue growing their careers.”

“This is a huge part of why we exist,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said.  “Film can entertain, educate, advocate…it can have such a wonderful impact…and as much as we like bringing films and filmmakers to Oxford so that our community and region can enjoy them, we also want to make sure when the filmmakers leave here that we’ve helped them.  It’s a major part of our mission, and having Cundiff & Company working toward that goal with us is very exciting.”

The festival will be held February 10-13, 2011 this year and includes over 75 films, a variety of panels including the popular Speed Pitch Panel, and numerous parties where filmmakers can mingle.

For more information, contact Melanie@oxfordfilmfest.com or by phone at 662-801-6007.