Sponsor the festival

Sponsor the 10th annual Oxford Film Festival with a cash or in-kind donation. Be part of what Keith Shapiro, director of Rhino Resurrected (winner of Best Documentary Feature at OFF 2012), called "the most hospitable environment imaginable" for watching "exciting new films" in the Spring 2012 issue of Moviemaker Magazine.

"I was touched by the level of engagement at the Q&As and the long post-screening conversations. The Oxford team doesn't have the resources of a big fest, but you wouldn't know it from the quality and diversity of its lineup of films and panels. I feel like I met lifelong friends and colleagues there.  After watching films all day, moviemakers and other attendees get to bond every night at the various establishments on the stately town Square."

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.

With in-kind donations, your product can be enjoyed at in our hospitality tent, our nightly parties, or the gift bags that filmmakers take back to their rooms.


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.


Named in Smithsonian Mag

Be part of what the Smithsonian calls one of the top reasons Oxford, Mississippi is one of the best small towns in America. In their April 2012 issue, Smithsonian magazine announced Oxford as #20 in the country part in due to the conferences that bring the arts to the forefront.

"Two annual conferences, the spring Oxford Conference for the Book and July’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, bring even more writers to town. The other arts are far from neglected; the Oxford Film and Music Festivals in February, plus the town’s proximity to Memphis and Nashville, keep Oxford on the circuit for popular and cutting-edge productions and performers."
It takes sponsors like you to be part of the film and music festivals each February. As we enter our 10th year, we want the chance to bring you even greater films and greater artists. We can only do that with your help. Please consider sponsoring the festival at any level.
For more information on our sponsorships, visit http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com/get-involved/sponsors/

OFF 2012 Winners

The Spirit of the Hoka award was presented by our panel of jurors to the following films. Congratulations to the  winners! Animated Short Special jury citation: Gilded Age Gladiator / dir. Brad Lambert and Rob Benica Hoka: 5 Minutes Each / dir. Vojin Vasovic

Documentary Feature Special jury citation: Patriot Guard Riders /dir. Ellen Frick Hoka: Rhino Resurrected / dir. Keith Shapiro

Documentary Short Special jury citation for cinematography: William Tyler Behold the Spirit / dir. Zack Wilson Hoka: Saint / dir. Rory Fraser

Experimental Short Special jury citation: Plural / dir. Dan Inglis Hoka: Only in Dreams / dir. Adam Badlotto

Mississippi Documentary Special Jury Citation for Cultural Relevance: Back in Oxford / dir. Jordan Berger and Houston Settle Hoka: Showtime / dir. Ben Guest

Mississippi Music Video Hoka: Positions in Space / dir. Ashley Williams

Mississippi Narrative Special jury citation: Expiration Date / dir. Felicity Flesher Hoka: Old Oak / dir. Kevin M. Jones

Narrative Feature Hoka: Perfection / dir. Christina Beck Prize includes:  a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision.

Narrative Short Special jury citation for cinematography: Gabe Mayhan, The Orderly Special jury citation for acting: Jessica Heap (Terrebonne) and Ed Lowry (Ballerina) Hoka: Fresh Skweezed / dir. Ryan Parker and GB Shannon

Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award Christina Beck, Perfection

Ron Tibbett Audience Award Showtime / dir. Ben Guest

Kudos Award (inaugural), presented to outstanding fraternity and sorority and the University of Mississippi for promoting the Oxford Film Festival through attending the festival, volunteering for the festival, and displaying a banner on their houses. Fraternity: Phi Delta Theta Sorority: Kappa Delta