Thanks, MAC!

The Oxford Film Festival has been awarded a $2800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2012-2013 and will be used to fund the 10th anniversary festival in February 2013. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. "The grants awarded by the Commission to arts organizations across the state provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre performances, and many other arts-related activities. With these funds, the organizations work diligently to help tell the unique story of their community, and to reinforce the value of building a creative economy," said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. "Additionally, the arts provide a positive environment for learning, both in the classroom and in the community."

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Riley Foundation, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

The 10th annual Oxford Film Festival has been scheduled for February 21-24, 2013.

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.

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.