Oxford Film Festival receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant

The Oxford Film Festival has been awarded a $3800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27 million in grants the Commission will award in 2013-14 and will be used in the production of the 11th annual festival, scheduled for February 6-9, 2014. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

"The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi," stated Sallye Killebrew, Interim Director at MAC. "This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development." 

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The Oxford Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which serves the city of Oxford in Lafayette County in addition to neighboring Yalobusha and Panola counties, with outreach to the entire state. The annual festival attracts attendees from around the region including Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas. The organizational structure includes six full-time volunteer staff, several part-time volunteer staff and about 100 volunteers during the festival weekend in February. With no current sustaining funding, the festival must reach out for funds to support each year’s festival from a combination of grants and donations from both individuals and corporations.

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, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education. 

We are grateful to MAC for their continued support of our efforts to entertain and educate audiences and to create a positive experience for filmmakers attending the festival in Oxford, Miss.

Call for Entries with New Online Form

(Originally released July 1, 2013)
OXFORD, MS – Oxford Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 11th annual film festival to be held in Oxford, Miss. on February 6-9, 2014.

The festival has created a new submission process for the 2014 festival. The festival has created its own online form on its website with flat rates and only two deadlines: September 15, 2013 for “early bird” pricing, and November 15, 2013 for “regular pricing.” The reduced costs for both the filmmaker and festival will allow more funds raised by the nonprofit to put toward the event instead of overhead costs.

Early bird pricing begins July 1 to Sept. 15 and is $15 for short films, $30 for feature films and $5 for Mississippi music videos. Regular pricing is from Sept. 16 to Nov. 15 and is $25 for short films, $40 for feature films and $5 for music videos.

Click here for more information. 

Fee waivers are only granted to invited films and festival alumni.


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 www.youtube.com/oxfordfilmfest.

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