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.

In it's 6th year of being named a Top 50 Film Festival worth the entry fee from MovieMaker magazine, the 16th Oxford Film Festival, to be held February 6-10, 2019, is a five-day event celebrating the art of independent film. The festival will bring filmmakers and filmgoers from as far away as Los Angeles and New York and across the globe and as close as Oxford to enjoy approximately five days of workshops, 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. OFF is currently assembling the 2019 prize packages and more information will be posted at www.oxfordfilmfest.com when confirmed.


• Submitted scripts must be original screenplays 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, 2017.

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 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
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    Timothy Givens

    My film had its world premier at OFF and it was awesome. Leading up to the festival the staff was very accommodating with any questions/concerns I had, and at the festival itself, the staff was great too. I met so many cool fellow filmmakers, and there are plenty of screens to watch films.

    February 2018
  • So glad that I was able to travel to Oxford Film Festival. Such a wonderful festival. They provide free accommodation, wonderful films & panels, great communication, fun parties & a great environment to meet other filmmakers. Definitely recommend to everyone!

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were so glad to let people dream with your lovely film!

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    Catya Plate

    An excellent film festival that is incredibly well organized. The awesome staff and volunteers take the best care of the filmmakers and they make us all feel special. The audience loves film and attendance at screenings is really good. I reunited with old friends and met new ones. So happy that I got to screen my film here and I look forward to submitting again with my new film! One of the BEST!! I highly recommend it.

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    So glad to finally get your amazing animations to Oxford!

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    Matteo Servente

    I had heard very positive comments about the festival and it exceeded all of them. Great staff and volunteers and a killer line up of films.

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were so honored to have your powerful doc short with us this year!

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    Jared D. Weiss

    A wonderfully accommodating festival, a full VIP experience for features and shorts alike. Communication and planning were excellent as well. Will continue to submit here and recommend other do as well.

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for bringing Brazey to Oxford!