Oxford Film Festival joins Film Festival Collective


The Oxford Film Festival will partner with the Film Festival Collective to screen short films and other quality programming on XFINITY On Demand, joining a growing network of film festivals across the Eastern and Southern United States. 

The Film Festival Collective program spans thirteen states and is available to millions of XFINITY customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

"Comcast has a proud tradition of supporting the arts in our communities, and we are fortunate to offer products that are capable of bringing them closer to our customers," said Walker Anderson, Head of Partnership Marketing in the Comcast Big South Region. 

The news by the Oxford Film Festival, whose 13th edition will take place February 17-21 follows recently announced new partnerships and agreements with Panavision, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and The Audience Awards - all aimed to benefit the festival’s filmmakers, promote further production, and assist in bringing greater exposure and introducing new audiences to those filmmakers. 

Filmmakers who participated in previous editions of the Oxford Film Festival will work with the organization to lend their works to the On Demand collection for a limited time. 

“We’re excited to be a part of the Film Festival Collective,” said Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington. “We consider it part of our primary objective to not simply seek out the best films and filmmakers to bring to our audiences in Oxford, but to do everything we can to broaden the scope of audiences elsewhere for them as well. It’s taking the next step in advocacy of the artist from a programming perspective.”

Films from the festival to be included in the Collective will stretch across genre lines including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, horror, sci-fi, music videos, and beyond. All Film Festival Collective content will be available at no additional cost to XFINITY subscribers within the region. The program is available on both the original Comcast On Demand platform as well as the new X1 platform. With X1, subscribers can access content using voice commands on their X1 remote control.

"The combination of the Festival Collective program and our new X1 Entertainment Operating System represents an enormous push forward in our ability to leverage the scale and diversity of content and sources for the enjoyment of the partners and customers we serve," Anderson added. Although individual film festivals supply their own unique film content, the entire program is curated by the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). A 40-year-old Academy Award-qualifying film festival located in Georgia’s capital city, ATLFF is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the Southeast and has become known for its strong short film programming. In addition, ATLFF has enjoyed over six years in partnership with Comcast, including previous On Demand platforms. Twelve festivals join ATLFF in the Collective: Charleston International Film Festival, Homespun Series, Indie Grits Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Knoxville Film Festival, Macon Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Out on Film, Oxford Film Festival, Ozark Foothills Film Fest, Philadelphia Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival.

The Oxford Film Festival is accepting submissions until November 15. The festival will be held February 17-21, 2016. More information is available at http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com. For more information about Film Festival Collective, visit www.filmfestivalcollective.com. For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com. For more information about XFINITY/Comcast Cable, visit www.comcast.com

Spotlight film #1 special announcement!

The cat is out of the bag! We are so proud to announce that "Saved by Grace" starring Joey Lawrence and Catalina Rodriguez will have its Mississippi premiere with us in Oxford this February.

The film was shot in Mississippi this year and will showcase some of the great productions coming out of the state! 

There will be more announcements regarding special guests tied to the film coming soon! 

West of Elvis wins the Audience Awards

Photo courtesy of Gaetano Catelli

Photo courtesy of Gaetano Catelli

Congratulations to West of Elvis by Louis Bourgeois for winning our Audience Awards contest. His film will replay at the 2016 Oxford Film Festival and Louis will receive a Hoka award for winning. The film was one of the last documents of experiencing Graceland Too with Paul MacLeod before his death in July 2014. 

We will share more about when to see the film in December. 



The Oxford Film Festival announced today that Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) will provide a special prize of broadcasting the juried award winner in the Mississippi Documentary category for next year’s edition of the film festival (February 17-21, 2016). 

The winner will be announced during the Oxford Film Festival Award Ceremony on February 20 at the Lyric Oxford. At a later date, following the presentation of the award, Oxford FF and MPB will determine and announce when and where the film will be broadcast after the festival. 

“What I love most about Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s support of the fest through this prize offering is that it gets right to the heart of what we want to see happen here at the Oxford Film Festival” said Melanie Addington, executive director of the festival. “Mississippi Public Broadcasting is helping us maintain the commitment to our Mississippi filmmakers that we are going to do our best to help them keep on creating and to help audiences see their films. It is truly gratifying” 

“We’re excited to be working with the Oxford Film Festival and supporting documentary filmmaking in Mississippi,” said John Gibson, MPB’s Director of Television. “There are so many talented documentarians across the state and region who sometimes struggle to reach a broader audience. Through this partnership, MPB will provide a showcase for some of their best work, and also build closer ties with Mississippi’s creative community.” 

Broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) Television is contingent upon and limited to the winning film meeting MPB’s legal, content, and technical guidelines. 

The Oxford Film Festival is accepting submissions until November 15. The festival will be held February 17-21, 2016. More information is available at http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com


Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) provides instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 400 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards. For more information on MPB, its programs, mission or educational resources, please visit www.mpbonline.org.

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Vote for your favorite short!

The Oxford Film Festival is hosting an online showcase of their alumni filmmakers’ short films by partnering with The Audience Awards for a “Best of Shorts Fest” award. The contest is comprised of short films that have screened at the Oxford Film Festival during the past 12 years. The short film contest hosted by the Audience Awards will take place from October 6 - October 15, 2015. 


The Audience Awards is a great way to watch a variety of films created by Oxford Film Fest alumni as well as give film fans an opportunity to support their favorite filmmakers and give them some recognition. All they need to do is vote on the Audience Awards website anytime between October 6 - October 15, 2015. 

The winner is awarded an all-expenses trip (flight, hotel and VIP pass) to the 2016 Oxford Film Festival (February 17-21, 2016), will receive the film festival’s celebrated Hoka Award during the awards ceremony and have a re-screening of the film. The second and third runners up will receive credit from 

To vote for your favorite film, visit https://theaudienceawards.com/b/oxfordfilmfestival/oxford-film-festival-best-of-shorts-fest-46795