Home to the University of Mississippi, past haunts of William Faulkner, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah and John Grisham, current home of Ace Atkins, Jack Pendarvis, and listed as one of John Vilani's "100 best small arts towns in America", Oxford offers a unique blend of literary and artistic appreciation within the setting of a vibrant college town.

Named a Top 50 Film Festival worth the entry fee over several years from MovieMaker magazine, the 17th Oxford Film Festival, to be held March 25-29, 2020, is a five-day event celebrating the art of independent film. The festival will bring filmmakers and filmgoers from across the globe to celebrate films, panels and parties.

Recent years have included visits from Adam Rifkin, Cady McClain, Danny Glover, Robert Longstreet with THE MISSING GIRL, James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson with THE SOUND AND THE FURY, Academy Award winners and nominees, Oscar nominees, Independent Spirit Award nominees, and favorites on the film festival circuit in addition to local and regional films.

The jury-selected Hoka award is presented to the winning films for the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Fest Forward (Animation and Experimental), Mississippi shorts and features, Mississippi Music Video, LGBTQ (short and feature) and music documentary.

Programmers Awards:
Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award - $1,000 cash
The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award
Best Editing Award
The Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award - $250 cash
Artist Vodka competition - $10,000 cash
Short Screenplay Competition - $1,000

Last year's awards included a $10,000 Panavision camera rental, post-sound and color work, and cash prizes for several winners, including both the documentary and narrative feature winners. Shorts winners received post production sound design. Cash prizes of $100 - $1000 also come with each juried film.

Films created by people with disabilities, and/or featuring performers with disabilities receive a 50% discount using code ReelOxff

Films directed by women also get 50% discount using code BlacheOXFF


• Submitted scripts must be original screenplays and must be the sole property of the applicant(s).
• All entries must be in English.
• Short screenplays must be between 1 and 15 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
• There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.
• All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
• Competition judges, readers and paid employees of the Oxford Film Festival Screenplay Competition, past and present, are not eligible to enter.

To be considered for the Oxford Film Festival, the filmmaker must provide a working link (with or without password) to a digital screener on Vimeo, YouTube, or equivalent through FilmFreeway. DVD and E-mail submissions are not considered at all.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

While we prefer otherwise, short films currently streaming on You Tube or other free or pay platforms are eligible. Feature films available online are not eligible.

Feature-length films that are currently or have in the past been available in any form of exhibition in the United States before the submission period are ineligible for juried competition. This includes: SVOD, TVOD, theatrical, TV or free Internet streaming. Non-US distribution is acceptable.

We do not pay screening fees.

Waiver requests are only accepted via the form on our website, www.oxfordfilmfest.com and are not required to be considered. We do not provide any waivers after regular deadline.

Please enable the “Watch Later” feature on Vimeo. This makes it possible for our screeners to watch your films on the largest screen available to them.

Shorts must be under 30 minutes. Features must be under 120 minutes.

To be considered for the Mississippi categories, the filmmaker should indicate his/her "Mississippi connection" in the cover letter section. If you answer yes that your film was made in Mississippi, we ask that you submit in the Mississippi categories. If you submit in a regular category but your film was at least 50% filmed in Mississippi, we will move you to this category.

All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.

All submission fees are non-refundable. 

Any film submitted in previous years but be a significantly different version to be re-considered. Re-submitted, previously rejected films will not be considered.

In submitting a completed film, the filmmaker represents that s/he is authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2019 Oxford Film Festival. S/he acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival and if a winner could be screened at our Best of events (we will ask permission first). S/he grants the Oxford Film Festival the nonexclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. S/he warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Oxford Film Festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

S/he also acknowledges that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if your film is not selected.

Upon acceptance, Oxford Film Festival will ask for fest deliverables:
1) Feature films require a DCP and a BluRay back up. If unable to deliver a DCP, we partnered with a company to provide a discount to have a DCP made. Please contact us if you have questions.

2) Short films require a ProRes 422 or equivalent and BluRay back up. 

If the filmmaker does not comply with the delivery deadlines to receive the film, the film may be pulled from the festival lineup. Acceptance does not guarantee a juried slot, but the filmmaker will be notified upon acceptance if their film was selected for competition or out-of-competition screenings.

International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Air mail Registered or by a parcel express service (DHL, UPS, Fed Ex, etc.). We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.

Programmer awards are only eligible to those filmmakers that attend the festival. Juried awards are eligible to those selected for jury competition only. If you do not attend, we can not mail a Hoka but will provide a certificate instead and any cash or in-kind award (if applicable). We do not return materials unless you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope or FedEx or UPS account information.

Overall Rating
  • Tracy Facelli

    I had a fantastic time at OFF. Melanie is a great host, and everyone on the staff was very friendly and super helpful. Great panels, and I especially loved that the FB page was always current with info each day. The photo booth was also fun. Most awesome thing: I did not feel like the random unicorn at this fest. I met so many talented female filmmakers here, from all over the country. Oxford FF announced they were going to program more films created by women and they did not disappoint. I’ve attended many festivals with my films and this is in my Top 3 favorite experiences. Totally worth the entry fee!

    March 2018
  • This is a well organized event!

    March 2018
  • Kyle Lavore

    Hands down, this is the best film festival out there. Their programming is top notch and they treat filmmakers like royalty. Southern hospitality at it's best.

    February 2018
  • Chris Metzler

    One of the great regional film festivals out there, with terrific audiences, staff and press. It's the perfect combo, plus it's a lot of fun. Having screened three feature documentaries at the festival over the years, the festival began as a standard bearer for documentaries on the festival circuit and every year that reputation continues to grow. It's a great place to build an audience for your film and if you are lucky enough to attend, you'll have a wonderful time as it's a festival that draws many attending filmmakers whose company you'll enjoy keeping.

    February 2018
  • It is always an absolute pleasure when a client of ours gets selected to this brilliant festival - massive kudos to the Oxford Film Festival team for always delivering a varied programme and running a tight ship. We always recommend our clients as well as filmmaker friends to submit here. Keep up the stunning work!

    February 2018