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 and cash prize 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.
-- Artist Vodka competition - $15,000 cash
-- Short Screenplay Competition - $1,000

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

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. 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 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.

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
  • melissa pace overholt

    I don't even know where to begin except to say that start to finish this was one of the best experiences of my life. From standing among some of the most incredible filmmakers I've ever met to experiencing all that the most charming town in America has to offer.... OXFF is the best! I gained so much from this 4 day experience.... inspiration, lifelong friendships, oh and at least 5 lbs! I can't say enough about Melanie and her entire staff. All filmmakers should put this festival at the top of their list!

    February 2019
  • Mark Jones

    I had a blast this year at the Oxford Film Festival. My short film screened in a shorts block on Friday night that sold out! The Q&A after the films screened was very well moderated. Also, the festival had great parties for filmmakers. I met folks from across the country. I will enter Oxford again!

    February 2019
  • Brian Elliott

    Oxford film fest - what a blast! Hospitable and inviting, these folks work extremely hard to create a lot of opportunities for filmmakers -- and the Oxford community -- to mingle and share. And the communication from fest to filmmaker is right up there with the best ever. Great job Oxford! Hope we get to come back many times over!

    February 2019
  • John Charter

    Thank you Oxford Film Festival for one heck of a festival and for the all encompassing southern hospitality! I made some lifelong friends and saw many inspiring and brilliant films. The fest was well attended and highly supported by the local community. I was surprised to meet so many influential industry folks who I would have guessed were already too burnt out from Park City, which was just a week prior, but they love this fest too much to pass it up. I wasn't expecting the Oxford Malco Theater to be on par with some of my favorite theaters in terms of picture quality and sound. Yet another unexpected surprise. I highly recommend Oxford to all my filmmaker friends!

    February 2019
  • Irene Gracie

    Amazing! This was wonderfully run, professional, and lots of fun. Had lots of opportunities for networking, and fun events to participate in. It was our first time, but hopefully won’t be the last. The quality of the film selections were superb. Great job OFF, and kudos to everyone involved.

    February 2019