$5000 cash prize for one lucky short film!

This is our inaugural year with Artist Vodka to provide a $5,000 cash prize to one lucky short filmmaker along with flight and hotel to the 2018 festival.

The rules are only that the film must be under 25 minutes long. It can be any genre. Then only one of the following must be applied:

You must incorporate one of the following (your choice!);

· Artist Vodka mentioned verbally in film

· Or, character wearing an Artist Vodka t-shirt

· Or, placement of Artist Vodka bottle in foreground in a scene with logo facing camera

· Or, use of the Artist Vodka logo in a scene, i.e. poster, flyer, banner, etc.

· Or, “In Association with Artist Vodka" in beginning credits.

A t-shirt or bottle can be purchased if needed through the Artist Vodka website at http://artistvodka.com/

You retain the rights to your film. Submit to the Artist Vodka FIlm D'Or Award category today on Film Freeway

Oxford Film Festival Opposes Religious Bill Law - Again

In regards to the HB 1523 that will now become law in our state, we at the Oxford Film Festival would like to make a comment.

Our LGBTQ Programmer Brian Whisenant had this to say:

"When Melanie added the LGBTQ section last year in response to HB1523, and asked me to be the head programmer, I was empowered with her to make a difference. By the time the fest came around last February I honestly thought the bill was dead.

This year I was excited to program yet again, take an activist "back seat" and watch Melanie do wonders with a focus on Women filmmakers.

And then, today, the bill became law. I am angry. I want to run away. But I won't.

As a festival, as a film community, as film lovers...we must be vigilant with our art and our voices. This is not the Mississippi I know. We must resist."

- Brian Whisenant

"As a festival, we are about diversity and hearing unique voices, voices that sometimes challenge us to learn more about new perspectives. We do not believe in legal discrimination. We encourage our friends in the LGBTQ community to please know that we believe there should be no hate in our state and we are here to create a space open to all.

Despite losing some sponsors for our stance over the past year, we believe in doing what is right and supporting our neighbors. We will continue to choose not to discriminate even if now legally able to do so."

- Melanie Addington

HB1523 News: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/06/22/controversial-hb-1523-now-mississippis-law-land/419941001/

Support the Oxford Film Festival by donating to our 2018 festival and LGBTQ program. 

Oxford Film Fest gets organized with new database

The Oxford Film Festival was looking for a way to get better organized as our small festival is growing but as a small non-profit with a limited budget we could not afford some of the larger high-end databases out there and Excel or Google Drive was not cutting it for us. Lucky for us, Jon Gann, formerly of DC Shorts, paired with Airtable to develop a great festival database. 

For the first time, the festival now has all data including past filmmakers, sponsors, volunteers, in one location with forms integrated into the site to make information easily accessible for the festival staff and safely secured with proper log ins. 

 Alumni database tells us what year each filmmaker played their film. 

Alumni database tells us what year each filmmaker played their film. 

Handling hundreds of guests with special requirements, some sponsors get logos or ads, some sponsors get a shirt, some sponsors get a gift bag, some filmmakers attend, others don't, handling all of their films, handling hundreds of volunteers, all of this was spread across numerous spreadsheets and could easily turn to chaos in the past. Now with proper care of the Airtable database, our staff can easily find out the information needed so everyone is kept on track and taken care of. 

 Our staff data lets us know what area people work and where they will be based during the festival plus tons of other data. 

Our staff data lets us know what area people work and where they will be based during the festival plus tons of other data. 

Among our favorite features are the ability to add images from filmmaker's films, logos and ads from sponsors and keep all data intact in one place. 

Our favorite highlight is the ease in which sponsors can commit to us this year with our new embedded form on the site and below. (hint, we are happy to take your sponsorship pledge today!)

Best of Oxford Film Fest to Tour Mississippi in June!


OXFORD, MS- Oxford Film Festival will take the hits on the road to four Mississippi towns in June, bringing the best films from the February 2017 festival.

The first stop on the best of tour is Jackson. The free community screening on June 1 will take place at restaurant and brewery Hal & Mal’s from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The screening is in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival and will showcase five films including Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here, Broken Paths and Shake Em On Down.

The second stop on June 2 and 3 is in Ocean Springs, MS. The Best of screenings will take place at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased online at http://themaryc.org/. The June 2 screening is 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. and will screen All Are Welcome Here and Some Freaks.

 The first set of June 3 screenings will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The films to be screened are Broken Paths, Refuge, The Fox and the Whale and Joel Blass. The second set for June 3 will begin at 12:45 p.m. and end at 2:45 p.m., and will include Firemax, Breakfast, Otha Turner and Don’t Come Around Here. Tickets to each block can be purchased individually or a weekend pass can also be obtained. Proceeds go to support the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center.

June 22 the tour will stop in Grenada, MS at First & Green. Oxford Film Festival is partnering with AfterGlow Film Festival for the free screening.  Screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. showing Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here, The Fox and the Whale and Some Freaks. The screening will end at 9 p.m.

June 24 is the last date of the Best of Oxford Film Fest and will be at The Strand Theatre in Vicksburg, MS. The free screening will be 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and will screen Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here, Broken Paths and Shake Em On Down.

"We are so excited to take the Best of Oxford Film Fest tour around the state, "Executive Director Melanie Addington said. "I am also pleased to get to partner with The Strand in Vicksburg, AfterGlow Film Festival and First & Green in Grenada, Crossroads Film Society and Hal & Mals in Jackson, R&B Charitable Beaux Arts Foundation and Mary C OKeefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.”


            ALL ARE WELCOME HERE  is a short documentary on the Mississippi Coast's reaction to House Bill 1523 approved by Governor Bryant that gives people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs. The total run time for the film is 28 minutes and 26 seconds.

            BREAKFAST tells the story of when a young man suffering from anorexia is pressured to eat breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an otherworld where their anxieties and frustrations are made horrifyingly real. The run time for the film is 9 minutes and 42 seconds.

            BROKEN PATHS is a music video filmed in Brandon, Miss. Created by Stace and Cassie and J. B. Lawrence. The video is 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

            DON’T COME AROUND HERE follows Chuck back to the home he ran away from after learning his father doesn’t have much time left to live. There he must come to terms with his troubled brother Lenny, his own fears, and a secret he has been hiding for years.

            The Oxford community film FIREMAX features superheroes in the town of Oxford with no crime to fight. The run time for this film is 10 minutes.

            JOEL BLASS is about the public servant to Mississippi whom inspired his fellow Mississippians to boldly carve out a new future for their state, despite being vilified by the press and threatened by forces of segregation.  Joel Blass fought for justice, freedom, and equal rights for every citizen. The film is an hour and 14 minutes long.

            The short documentary OTHA TURNER digs into the archives to take us back in time to Labor Day 1978. In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. The documentary runs for 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

            REFUGE is a chronicle of human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope. The film runs for 20 minutes.

            SHAKE EM ON DOWN tells the story of Mississippi Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues. The film is 56 minutes and 40 seconds long.

            SOME FREAKS follows the love story of one-eyed high school senior Matt and 250 lb Jill. However, when graduation comes and Jill moves cross-country to go to college, she then loses over 50 lbs - much to Matt's surprise when he arrives to visit her. While Matt struggles to accept Jill's new body, Jill begins to question whether Matt is really the man she wants to date. As the distance widens between them, the characters are propelled onto a collision course with brutality and loss, forcing them to confront who they are, who they were, and who everyone thinks they're supposed to be.

            THE FOX AND THE WHALE is the tale of a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. The film is 12 minutes and 13 seconds long.

2018 Call for Entries Open with two new competitions!



(February 7-11)


Oxford, MS (April 26, 2017) – Call for Entries open May 1, 2017, for the 2018 Oxford Film Festival, taking place in Oxford, Mississippi, February 7-11, 2018. The 15th edition of the festival includes a new film and screenplay competition with cash prizes, as well as a reduced submission fee incentive for female filmmakers.


Led by Executive Director Melanie Addington, the Oxford FF will screen films, television, and virtual reality projects in all genres, as well as promoting and celebrating Mississippi filmmakers culminating in the presentation of the film festival’s award ceremony. Through year-round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, during the five-day event. 


The Oxford Film Festival has also added to the impact it is making with filmmakers, film artists, and the local community, by embracing its place artistically, politically, and socially in Oxford and the state of Mississippi. Last year, the film festival introduced an LGBTQ competition category as a reaction to the state’s Religious Freedom bill to create legal discrimination, and welcomed beloved film veteran Danny Glover to speak (prior to a screening of Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO) about an upcoming worker’s strike and march in Canton, Mississippi to fight for workers’ rights and voting rights in the state.


Following her discovery that only 28% of the festival’s films to date have been helmed by women, Addington has instituted a drive to increase that number going forward by offering a concrete incentive for female directors: a 50% discount on the submission fee at Film Freeway. It follows the trend the film festival has taken in the past few years to be a prominent “voice”, and take real action in order to offer an oasis of culture, a position of advocacy and support on behalf of minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community, and and support diverse voices in the state of Mississippi. The music documentary and shorts categories all return for the second year, as well as the LGBTQ category.

When submitting their films to Film Freeway for consideration by the festival, women should use the following submission code to receive their 50% discount: BlacheOXFF


Submissions can be made at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/OxfordFilmFestival, and more information is available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.




The Oxford Film Festival’s two new competitions this year include:


Artist Vodka Film D'Or Prize


A grand prize of $5,000 will be given to the winner along with flight and hotel covered to attend the festival. Also, an audience winner will also be announced with a $500 prize.


Rules of the competition include: The film must be less than 25 minutes and must incorporate one of the following;

Artist Vodka mentioned verbally

A character wearing an Artist Vodka t-shirt

Placement of Artist Vodka bottle in foreground in a scene with logo facing camera

Artist Vodka logo is a scene, i.e. poster, flyer, banner, etc.

Or “In Association with Artist Vodka" in beginning credits.

A t-shirt or bottle can be purchased through the Artist Vodka website at http://artistvodka.com/ By submitting a film to this category, you agree to let the film be placed on the Artist Vodka and/or Oxford Film Festival website.


Short Screenplay Competition


The Short Screenplay Competition will feature the following prizes for the winning writer/filmmaker:

-       A $1,000 prize for use in making the film from the winning script.

-       OxFilm Society equipment rental for free for use in the production of the film if shot in Lafayette County as well as production support from OxFilm Society.

-       Flight (if not local) and hotel accommodations to attend the Oxford Film Festival to hear the live table read of their script.

-       Producer mentors including John Norris and Tate Taylor of Wyolah Films (GET ON UP, THE HELP) will also meet with the scriptwriter at the festival to consult on production details to assist in the making of the film.


-       Second place will receive $500 and third place $250.


Eligibility rules can be found at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.


The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, it became an independent non-profit organization with 501c3 status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.


The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events.


Film categories include:

•    Narrative and documentary features and shorts

•    Mississippi narrative and documentary

•    Music Video and Documentary

•    LGBTQ

•    Fest Forward (Animation and Experimental)


Submission Deadlines

•    Early Bird: September 1, 2017

•    Regular: October 15, 2017

•    Late: November 15, 2017