The Oxford Film Festival presented a special Achievement in Film award to Tim Blake Nelson on Saturday at the Lyric Theatre along with numerous awards to filmmakers.
Nelson praised Oxford and Mississippi in his acceptance speech and predicted that Oxford Film Festival will be the festival of the south.
The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award was given to David Strathairn and Brian Lee Franklin for the short film Repeater. Director Wade Vanover accepted the awards on their behalf.
"Our 12th year exceeded our expectations," Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. "It was our smoothest running festival and we had a great times with such guests like James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson."
Hoka award winners for films in competition were:
Animation: Proximity by Joshua Cox
Honorable mention: Jinxy Jenkins lucky Lou
Experimental: a Perfect Day by Oguzhan Kaya .
Honorable mention: It Goes
Mississippi Music video: A Long Journey by Shannon Cohn
Mississippi short films
Casey Spradling Memorial Award for Short Mississippi narrative: Garage Sale by Meaghin Burke
Honorable mention: A Horror Movie. Directed by Glenn Payne.
Short Mississippi documentary: A Mississippi Love Story. by Robbie Fisher
Honorable Mention: Leadway, directed by Robbie Fisher and Dudley Percy Olsson.
Best Documentary Short: The Forgotten by David Feldman
Best Narrative Short: Day One by Henry Hughes
Special Recognition Awards:
The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention: Best Ensemble cast
Ed is a Portal: Best depiction of tentacles emerging from a brain pan
Grand prize: Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound by William Saunders
Honorable mention: Oil & Water
Narrative Feature: Burnout by Lydia Hyslop
We will announce the Ron Tibbett Audience Award after the festival on our website.
The schedule for all films at the Oxford Film Festival is live at http://oxfordfilmfest.com/schedule-2015/ and printed programs are available throughout town.
To learn more, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com. A full listing of the festival jury is also available athttp://oxfordfilmfest.com/judges-2015/ and bios of panelists and jury at http://oxfordfilmfest.com/whos-who-2015/
Sponsors for the 2015 Oxford Film Festival include Donna Ruth Roberts, Blake Tartt III, Visit oxford, Malco, Southern Documentary Project and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.