OXIFF is excited to announce ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ third International Film festival.


The Oxford International film Festival’s third edition will take place over a three day weekend from 11th to the 13th of May at the celebrated Phoenix Picturehouse, which is situated at the heart of the beautiful and historic city of Oxford U.K.

In its first two years all the films selected for OXIFF came through open submissions. This is a strict policy that the organisers will continue with for the third festival.

On Friday 5th May 2017 the Oxford International Film Festival, in partnership with Picturehouse, celebrated its second edition with an opening night of special guests at the ‘Comedy with a Twist’ event, as Timothy Spall’s psychological one man show homage to comedy greats STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY lead the way, along with Paul Hendy’s multi award winning THE LAST LAUGH, which told a romantic tale of Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecombe and Bob Monkhouse sharing their final dressing room together, and the laugh out loud animation THE WRONG END OF THE STICK.

The boutique festival then kicked on over Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, with premieres and filmmaker attendance galore, which included a ‘Music on Screen’ themed documentary programme, that featured eventual film of the festival ONE NOTE AT A TIME, ALFIE BOE- ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM, A SYMPHONY OF HOPE, and a ‘Familiar Faces’ indie selection that showcased such stars as Oscar Isaac, Ben Whishaw, Stephen Dorf, Patrick Baladi, Donald Sumpter, Sarah Parish, Rob James Collier and Bradley Walsh.

The long weekend of great films was then further bolstered with award winning features such as CREEDMORIA starring Steff Dawson, WHY SEIGFRIED HAD TO DIE, WE’RE STILL TOGETHER, and ‘Raindance’ nominee FOR GRACE closing the festival on Sunday evening.

OXIFF is a sister festival to the highly successful Manchester Film Festival, and OXIFF and MANIFF’s logistical director Neil Jeram-Croft said - “OXIFF is designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which blends well with the beautiful city of Oxford”. This was certainly evident in 2017 and following another successful festival closing awards event in 2017 it now looks like OXIFF is going from strength to strength into 2018.

"A huge thank you to the whole team at OXIFF for putting on such an outstanding event, with such wonderful shorts and features, and for making us feel so welcome." Oliver and Jake Cullen, Directors of Best UK Short winner The Attendant.

"Brilliantly organised and curated with great films, lovely people, and an amazing buzz around the place. And the Picturehouse cinema really made us feel at home. It was a great platform for our film as there had been a lot of hard work put into getting audiences in and press coverage before and during the festival, which so many festivals don't seem to do after the initial scheduling etc. They really made it feel like you were part of a bigger thing, not just a screening and a chat and all the filmmakers mingled and have stayed in touch after the festival. Definitely worth the money!" Matt Butler Hart Director of Two Down.

The exclusive spire awards will be chosen by a jury made up of respected industry professionals. The Spire award categories are:

Best international Feature
Best UK Film
Best international short film
Best UK short film
Best documentary Feature
Best documentary Short
Best Experimental
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best production
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Edit
Best Score
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Staff Choice
Film of the Festival- ‘Spire of Dreams award’

OXIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


The 3rd Oxford International Film Festival will take place from to 11th to the 13th May 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from May 10th 2017.
The opening deadline is July 13th 2017, the Early Deadline is 8th August 2017 the regular deadline is 28th November 2017, The late Deadline is 16th January 2018 and the extended deadline is 27th February 2018. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
- Oxford International Film Festival requires at least an Oxfordshire premiere for all films.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Oxford International Film Festival requires at least a Oxfordshire premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in Oxfordshire.
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Oxford International Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Oxford City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Oxford International Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Oxford International Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Oxford International Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Oxford International Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Oxford International Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of January 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Oxford International Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Oxford International Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Oxford International Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Oxford International Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Oxford International Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


By submitting to the Oxford International Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of OXIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorise the OXIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2017 festival (May 11th - 13th 2018). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the OXIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold OXIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to OXIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify OXIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
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    Paul Cooke

    It was great to have CATCH screened at a brilliant cinema in an iconic city. The audience was very engaged and the organisers very helpful and friendly. It's only a shame I couldn't stay for longer. I look forward to seeing how OXIFF grows and develops in the future.
    - Dom Rees-Roberts, CATCH Co-Director

    May 2017
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    Paul Griffin

    It was a real pleasure to have Balancé screened at Oxford. Only sorry we could not attend.

    May 2017
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    Alicia Slimmer

    What an incredible, supportive festival!! The good people behind this festival make sure that you, the filmmaker, are well-taken care of. We had amazing press and a fantastic review after our screening. We can't recommend Oxford enough! The energy and the people are fantastic!

    May 2017
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    Russell Haigh

    A lovely friendly festival. Well done to organisers and everyone involved.

    May 2017
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    stephen cookson

    A very professionally run festival that takes place at a nice cinema with good facilities and networking opportunities. Recommended for first timers and experienced filmmakers.

    May 2017