On the Fringe!

Join us at the Fringe Festival this August 7-8 for a variety of film-related activities. Oxford Film Festival is partnering with Fringe to host the screening of The Room on August 7 at 10 p.m. at the Lyric Oxford. The ticket is $5 plus the Fringe weekend pass (so $10 total). 

Earlier that evening, Oxfilm Society is hosting a cocktail hour with Larry Wells and a short documentary on the Oxford screening of the Good Ol Boy adapted from a Willie Morris story. That event is part of the Fringe $5 weekend pass and starts at 5 pm at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.

On Saturday, August 8 at noon, Greg Sestero of The Room will be at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library signing his book, "The Disaster Artist."

You can buy your Fringe pass and additional Room ticket here! 

Give to the Leadership Campaign Today!

We have made it even easier to donate to our OFF Leadership campaign by giving online with our handy form HERE

The Leadership Campaign is to help create a full-time director for the ever-growing festival. The 2016 festival is set for February 18-21, 2016 and we are looking to hire someone by August. So funds are needed now to ensure the continued growth of the festival. With stars like James Franco and an ever-growing alumni group of filmmakers that visit Oxford, the festival has helped to not only support the arts but also the economy as thousands from throughout the region pour into the town each February. 

Anyone can donate at any level. We will thank everyone in our printed program and on social media that gives (anonymous donations are also welcome!).

Anyone who donates over $250 will also get sponsor perks for the 2016 festival. To learn about those perks, visit our Sponsor page. 

Oxford Film Festival announces a new board and Leadership campaign

Oxford Film Festival adopted a new Board of Directors that is hard at work organizing the 2016 festival. The Board reviewed the impact of the festival on the community and recognized that for the organization to reach the next level it would require a full time director.   

“The festival is more than a weekend of films. It is connected events year round and is a resource for filmmaking in North Mississippi," shared Wayne Andrews Director of the Arts Council. "In order to achieve the goal of hiring a director several board members and business leaders stepped forward with an challenge - they would commit matching funds if the Board could raise half of the salary."

The new board of directors is as follows: Board President: Wayne Andrews of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Bethany Cooper of FNC, movie producer and New Albany native Hudson Hickman, Jon Maynard of the Economic Development Foundation, former Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi Sparky Reardon, intellectual property attorney and filmmaker Meaghin Burke, Invitation Oxford’s Sonia Thompson, writer Chris Offutt, and concerned citizens Ralph Vance, Donna Ruth Roberts, Joy Clark and Tim Burkhead. Oxford Film Commissioner Mary Allyn Hedges also sits on the board as a non-voting member.

The Leadership Campaign has kicked off the drive and is looking to raise $25,000 by July 31.

In the film festival's 12-year history it has become a major event for the City of Oxford, drawing famous actors, directors, and assorted media to Oxford. The role of the festival has evolved into an organization that hosts movie screenings throughout the year and promotes North Mississippi as an ideal location for filmmaking.  Upcoming events include screenings partnered with the U. of MS Southern Studies, Fringe Festival and Sarah Isom Center.

“This expanded role for the festival creates a strong positive impact on the cultural and business community in Oxford,” Andrews said.  

Donations are being accepted on the Oxford Film Festival website at www.oxfordfilmfest.com, by mail at Oxford Film Festival P.O. Box 727 Oxford, Mississippi USA.   To learn how you can become part of the film festival or sponsor the festival, contact info@oxfordfilmfest.com or by phone at 662-236-6429.

Be part of the crew for the community film!


Want to learn how to make a movie or be part of the Oxford Film Festival? Then join our one-day shoot for the community film, Once a Month, on August 22. We will film in Lafayette County and could use people who can help with the set, can donate food or help with craft services and more!

Sign up today! 


Screenplay Winner: Killer Kudzu

Felicity Flesher

Felicity Flesher

Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce the winner of its first screenplay competition. Felicity Flesher’s project Killer Kudzu was selected to be produced as the festival’s next community film project. “Before writing Killer Kudzu, I had long been inspired by the great kudzu plant and what a fantastic B-movie horror villain this plant that grows a foot a day is, or could be,” Flesher said. “For the Oxford Film Festival Community Film, this idea came back around as the perfect local threat to face a brave Oxford community in the script. As a born-and-bred Oxonian, I know what a beautiful, proud, and strong place Oxford is and I imagined that if a mutant vine took over town, its people would undoubtedly join together to defend their home.”

Flesher is a senior at Carleton College in Minnesota majoring in cinema studies but is originally from Oxford, MS. Her short film Expiration Date played in the 2012 film festival. Her parents, Dale and Tonya Flesher, are accountancy professors at the University of Mississippi.

The short film will be produced this fall by the festival with a director soon to be named.

This will be the fourth annual community film project by the festival but the first time that a call for scripts was utilized to reach out to screenwriters. Screenwriters did not have to be from Oxford but had to take into consideration Oxford's physical locations and characteristics unique to the community.

The script will be made into a narrative short to be premiered at the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival on February 6-9, 2014.