Guidestar gives Oxford Film Fest highest rating

Oxford Film Festival Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results


Oxford, MS—Oxford Film Festival today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Oxford Film Festival is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.


"In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Melanie Addington, Executive Director of Oxford Film Festival, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media. As we are in the beginning of our fundraising efforts for 2018, this is an important time for the platinum seal to be received."


To reach the Platinum level, Oxford Film Festival added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Oxford Film Festival has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the festival.


"I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about,"

added Addington. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale."


Oxford Film Festival’s GuideStar link is available at:



The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and

feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and

documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and

narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts. The festival is a 501c3 not-for- profit



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Halloween Fundraiser Set!

 Buy tickets in advance! 

Buy tickets in advance! 

Oxford Film Festival Double Feature Bash!

Presented by Trezevant Realty and MaxxSouth

Proceeds go to support the 2018 Oxford Film Festival!

Costumes encouraged! We will provide the tricks and the treats!

When: Halloween

Time: Doors open at 630 pm

Bash from 7-Midnight in Gallery with popcorn, candy and cash full bar (non alcoholic beverages also available)

Movies in Theater!

Halloween (newly restored!) @7 pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show @9 pm

Tickets $30 with cash bar (includes $10 entrance to both films and popcorn candy)

Prop bag - $10

VIP Tickets $50 (includes $10 entrance to both films, appetizers and drinks in VIP lounge and prop bag for Rocky!) - Limited to 50

VIPs have reserved seats in theater and also a private party room!

Thank our sponsors of The Double Feature Bash:

Trezevant Realty


Ron and Becky Feder Foundation for the Beaux Arts

Hudson and Susan Hickman

Dr. Ralph and Douglas Vance


Ink Spot

Buy tickets here! 

Fifteen Cast!

The seventh annual community film for the festival this year, Fifteen, will be directed by Melanie Addington who also wrote the script. Melanie also serves as the Executive Director of the Oxford Film Festival and is excited to direct her first community film. 

Fifteen is a parallel world where everyone is famous thanks to social media but some people are super-famous. Maggie just doesn't want to be one of them anymore. 

Extras are needed for 5 of the scenes and you can email to take part! 


 The film will star Rachel Adkins as Maggie. 

The film will star Rachel Adkins as Maggie. 

 Paula Stack will play Maggie's Mom.

Paula Stack will play Maggie's Mom.

 Andy Douglas stars as the Clerk. 

Andy Douglas stars as the Clerk. 

 Zuri Brown will play Bookstore Customer.

Zuri Brown will play Bookstore Customer.

 Kaye Bryant will play super-famous Kaye.

Kaye Bryant will play super-famous Kaye.

 Makenzie Clark will play Hannah.

Makenzie Clark will play Hannah.

 Brian Whisenant will play Hannah's Dad.

Brian Whisenant will play Hannah's Dad.

 James Powell will play Waiter.

James Powell will play Waiter.

 Joshua Theus will play the chef.

Joshua Theus will play the chef.

 Jonathan Orange will play customer in restaurant.

Jonathan Orange will play customer in restaurant.

 Jacob Hall will play customer at restaurant.

Jacob Hall will play customer at restaurant.

Oxford Film Festival Receives Art Commission Grant

Oxford Film Festival of Oxford has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 and will be used to support the 15th anniversary film festival to be held February 7-11, 2018. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotl role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities.”

The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. 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, culminating in the annual five day festival. 

“We are so pleased to receive continued funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission,” said Melanie Addington, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival. “This funding helps us with year round programming and our upcoming film festival. As we have doubled number of attendees and film submissions, every donation helps us to keep the festival as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in the world as listed by Movie Maker magazine. We are currently accepting sponsor pledges now for the 2017-2018 year.”

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 Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

$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

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