Mississippi Filmmaker Grant Opportunity!

The Oxford Film Festival will be offering grant opportunities for local filmmakers through the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi. Filmmakers from Mississippi can submit their application online along with their idea for a short documentary on social issues.  Small grants will be awarded to an application and their documentary will be screened at the Oxford Film Festival in February 2019.


The Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi aims to assist micro-budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice. Ideal projects will run 2-5 minutes in length and require no more than $2,500 in total budget. Projects may broach a number of larger issues, including those of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and gun control, but the ideal proposal will be deeply specific.

Prospective filmmakers should submit a one-page treatment, an expected total budget for their project, a description of intention for funds awarded, key crew bios, a prior sample work no more than 5 minutes in length, and an outreach strategy.

Preference will apply to filmmakers who are invested in documenting oppressed communities of which they are a part. While all involved organizations champion creative allyship, these grants seek to support the lenses of those who know injustice firsthand and are able to quickly bring awareness to specific injustices within these communities.

Project proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2018, and can be done here.

To be eligible for the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi, your project must be completed and ready to screen by January 2, 2019.



Two September Movies to Celebrate SarahFest!


This September during SarahFest hosted by Sarah Isom Center, a free documentary about women cinematographers, Cameraperson, will be a part of the free Monday Movies series hosted by Oxford Film Festival at the Burns Belfry. The event will be held on September 17 at 630 pm.

Burns Belfry is located at 710 Jackson Ave E, Oxford, MS 3865. 

“Rather than offering a straightforward narrative, the film invited us behind the lend into this cameraperson’s world, where we witness a captivating collage of episodic images and stories connected thematically, textually, sonically, and emotionally. The film vividly combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry.” POV Pressroom                 

For more information on Cameraperson or the Monday Movie series, please email info@oxfordfilmfest.com or visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com..  



The Sarah Isom Center and Oxford Film Festival will be presenting a free screening of Tim Wolff’s documentary, “The Sons of Tennessee Williams” on September 25th at 7:00pm located at the Powerhouse (413 South 14th Street).

            The film focuses on the story of the cultural revolution started by gay men in New Orleans during the 1960s. In the 1950s, homosexuality was illegal in all 50 states, but by the late 1960s, the state of Louisiana chartered four gay Mardi Gras clubs which sparked the fight for LGBT+ rights. The film explores the discriminatory “Jim Crow” type laws which targeted homosexual Americans. The documentary demonstrates how these gay men from New Orleans fought back against unjust laws and everyday oppression through clubs, drag, music, glitter, dancing, and performing while maintaining a humorous attitude through adversity.

            Wolff’s film has received praise from The New York Times calling it “irrespressibly funny” and “lightly debauched and thoroughly colorful…an irreverent spoof of aristocratic tradition and a deadly serious protest against social injustice.”

Get your free tickets to both screenings here! 

Fall Fundraiser Sponsors Wanted!






We are looking for 10 VIP sponsors at $100 who will get their logo or name on the poster and a pass to the event. 


We are looking for 4 Props Sponsors at the $500 level who will get their logo or name on poster and on the sponsor banner and 2 passes to the event.


We are looking for a Screen Sponsor at the $1000 level also. With all of the above perks (and 4 passes) they will also get their 30 second ad run before the movie screenings.


All levels can also be in-kind donations.


Contact us at info@oxfordfilmfest.com or 877-560-3456


Monday Movies: All the Difference

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Oxford, MS: The Oxford Film Festival Monday Movies series continues at Burns Belfry Center on Aug. 27 at 630 pm with All the Difference.


The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending's intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.


The event is free due to the generous support of Mississippi Humanities Council and PBS POV Series but tickets are available to secure a seat at oxfordfilmfest.com.


About Oxford Film Festival: 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. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

Oxford Film Fest receives 2 year operational grant from MAC


      (Jackson, Miss) – Oxford Film Festival of Oxford  has been awarded a ($21,000) operational two-year grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2017-2018 and will be used to support the film festival year round.  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 pivotal 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 will host the 16th annual festival February 6-9, 2019 and year round 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.  The festival exhibits over 200 quality films from across the globe and has been praised for its hospitality. 


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.