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."
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.