Screenplay Winner: Killer Kudzu

Felicity Flesher

Felicity Flesher

Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce the winner of its first screenplay competition. Felicity Flesher’s project Killer Kudzu was selected to be produced as the festival’s next community film project. “Before writing Killer Kudzu, I had long been inspired by the great kudzu plant and what a fantastic B-movie horror villain this plant that grows a foot a day is, or could be,” Flesher said. “For the Oxford Film Festival Community Film, this idea came back around as the perfect local threat to face a brave Oxford community in the script. As a born-and-bred Oxonian, I know what a beautiful, proud, and strong place Oxford is and I imagined that if a mutant vine took over town, its people would undoubtedly join together to defend their home.”

Flesher is a senior at Carleton College in Minnesota majoring in cinema studies but is originally from Oxford, MS. Her short film Expiration Date played in the 2012 film festival. Her parents, Dale and Tonya Flesher, are accountancy professors at the University of Mississippi.

The short film will be produced this fall by the festival with a director soon to be named.

This will be the fourth annual community film project by the festival but the first time that a call for scripts was utilized to reach out to screenwriters. Screenwriters did not have to be from Oxford but had to take into consideration Oxford's physical locations and characteristics unique to the community.

The script will be made into a narrative short to be premiered at the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival on February 6-9, 2014.

Community Film: TEN

In case you missed it, or want to share it with others, check out the Oxford Film Festival's 3rd annual community film, Ten.

TEN from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

A documentary short by Joe York To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Oxford Film Festival, the University of Mississippi’s Media and Documentary Projects Center teamed up with the festival to create a documentary film starring 10-year-olds from the Oxford/Lafayette County community discussing the joys and trials of being 10 years old.


Photo of Ten Q&A by Bill Dabney. Additional photos available on our Facebook page.


Click here to learn more about our annual community film project.

Call for Scripts

For Immediate Release - Oxford Film Fest Call for Scripts} April 8, 2013

Oxford, MS - The Oxford Film Festival is looking for short narrative comedic scripts for its fourth annual community film to be produced this fall.

Scripts are due by June 1 to be in consideration to be produced by the festival. Screenwriters do not have to be from Oxford but must take into consideration Oxford's physical locations and characteristics unique to the community. The script must be 8-12 pages long and include a crowd scene to accommodate about 75-100 extra non-actors. The project can be any genre, with comedy preferred, but must be suitable for all ages.

The selected script may be considered as written but the festival producers may work with the writer on changing some aspects of the script as needed. The selected screenwriter may be present on set to be part of the filmmaking process. The chosen screenwriter will receive full writing credit for the film and will be listed on IMDB. There is no payment for the script.

The script will be made into a narrative short to be premiered at the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival on February 6-9, 2014.

For more on the Oxford Film Festival community film, visit our Youtube channel to see the previous films at

For questions or to submit your script, e-mail Include your name, contact information and title page.

And the Hoka goes to....

The 2013 Spirit of the Hoka awards were presented to winners in the following categories: Animation: Grandmothers (Abuelas) by Afarin Eghbal

Documentary Feature: An Ordinary Hero by Loki Mulholland (pictured) * Special jury award for excellence in regional filmmaking: Antenna by C. Scott McCoy

Documentary Short: Reborning by Helen Hood Sheer and Yael Bridge

Experimental Short: Don't Break Down by Matt Meindl

Mississippi Documentary: April's Way by Candace Harrelson * Special Jury Mention for Human Rights: Growing Our Own by Philip Scarborough

Mississippi Music Video: Growing Pains by Junk Culture

Mississippi Narrative: Tube by Jordan Berger * Spirit of Roger Corman award: Grasshopper! by Ryan Roy and Michael Usry * Special Jury Mention for Acting: Rebecca Jernigan, Tube

Narrative Feature: The Discoverers by Justin Schwarz * Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Come Morning by Derrick Sims

Narrative Short: Deafblind by Ewan Bailey * Special Jury Award: The Dark Companion by Darrell C. Hazelrig

Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award: Rebecca Jernigan, Tube

Ron Tibbett Memorial Audience Award: (will be announced after Sunday ballots have been counted)


Category winners received a statuette designed by local artist Bill Beckwith. Additional prizes provided by Kirkwood National Golf Club and Cottages were presented to the winners of the Mississippi Documentary and Mississippi Narrative, and a one-year subscription to Footage Firm was presented to the winner of the Narrative Feature.