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 18-22, 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.

Regional festivals are becoming more and more important in the film landscape, uplifting new, diverse voices in a time where people are viewing films in a group setting less and less. At Oxford, the success lay in the crop of powerful stories from fresh voices, many of which aligned with, and then furthered, our cultural conversation.
Meredith Alloway, Filmmaker Magazine

The word that one hears over and over again at the Oxford Film Festival is “community…” This is a festival that seeks to reflect the community from which it arises, both the local one and the international one connected by filmmaking. It is a homegrown, intimate festival that nonetheless features voices from around the world, harmoniously united through the community of film.
Brian Tallerico, rogerebert.com

Recent years have included visits from Adam Rifkin with THE LAST MOVIE STAR, Cady McClain with SEEING IS BELIEVING, Danny Glover to introduce I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, 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.

"Regional festivals are becoming more and more important in the film landscape, uplifting new, diverse voices in a time where people are viewing films in a group setting less and less. At Oxford, the success lay in the crop of powerful stories from fresh voices, many of which aligned with, and then furthered, our cultural conversation." - Filmmaker Magazine

Contests:
Short Film Contest Presented by Artist Vodka - $15,000 cash
Short Screenplay Competition - $1000 cash

The jury-selected Hoka award and cash prize is presented to the winning films for the following categories:

- Narrative Feature - $250 and other prizes
- Documentary Feature $250 and other prizes
- Narrative Short - $250
- Documentary Short - $100
- Fest Forward (Animation and Experimental), - $100
- Mississippi short -$250 and other prizes
- Mississippi features - $250 and other prizes
- Mississippi Music Video - $100 and other prizes
- LGBTQ (short and feature) - $100
- Music documentary - $100

Programmers Awards:
Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award - $1,000 cash
The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award

Last year's awards included a $10,000 Panavision camera rental, post-sound and color work, and cash prizes. Shorts winners received post production sound design.

Films created by people with disabilities, and/or featuring performers with disabilities receive a 50% discount using code ReelOXFF2

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

All rules for the festival and how our screening process works are listed here: http://oxfordfilmfest.com/submit

FOR SHORT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

Eligibility
• 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 30 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.

FOR COMPLETED FILMS:
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. Distribution post-festival but already scheduled 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.

For best viewing for programmers, 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, even if we do not select your film.

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 2020 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.

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  • Rebecca Pugh

    One of the best festivals in the US. Super Filmmaker friendly!!

    April 2019
  • Oxford Film Festival is an incredible experience that inspires everyone and anyone who is there. Attending the festival made me so proud to be a filmmaker. Thank you for the overwhelming hospitality and a very good time.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Come back with more films!

  • John Reyer Afamasaga

    An amazing experience for a newbie filmmaker like me, I got to rub shoulders with some stars and industry insiders. Having volunteered previously at OFF I know how thorough and invested Melanie Addington the director of this fantastic festival is in her people and filmmakers. The Oxford Film Festival is an extension of Melanie!

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Sunita Deshpande

    What an incredible way to showcase our first short film A Sari For Pallavi. Melanie Addington and the shining staff of Oxford picked us up from the airport (hour plus away!) and provided us hotel rooms as well. Warm, friendly, responsive, organized, and so much diversity. Thank you so much Oxford!!!

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    I can't wait to see what is next for you - Melanie!

  • John Whitehead

    Great festival. Wonderful hospitality. They go out their way to make you feel welcome. So glad I was accepted and screened there.

    March 2019