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.

The 15th Oxford Film Festival, to be held February 7-11, 2018, 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 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.

Awards & Prizes

The jury-selected Hoka award is presented to the winning films for each category: documentary feature, documentary short, Fest Forward (Animation, Experimental and New Media), Mississippi short and feature, Mississippi music video, LGBTQ, music documentary, narrative feature, narrative short.

The Artist Vodka competition is new this year as is the Mississippi Screenplay Competition. See more on both at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

The Hoka is also presented to the winner of the audience award.

The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award, the Best Editing award and the Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award is selected by the festival programmers and includes a Hoka. The Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award was added in 2017.

Cash and other prizes are listed on the website, www.oxfordfilmfest.com. Last year's included a $10,000 Panavision camera rental, post-sound and color work, and cash prizes for both the documentary and narrative feature winners and cash for some awards. Shorts winners received post production sound design and more awards will be announced this Fall.

Rules & Terms


• Submitted scripts must be original screenplays must be the sole property of the applicant(s).
• All ages are eligible.
• 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.
• Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.
• If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
• Competition judges, readers and employees of the Oxford Film Festival Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.
• Screenplays, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
• Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
• Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.
• Screenplays uploaded or posted online to the public are not eligible.

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.

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.

Films with distribution are ineligible for juried competition. We do not pay screening fees for juried competition films. Please inform us before acceptance or rejection if no longer eligible.

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.

In submitting a completed film, the filmmaker represents that s/he is authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2018 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) If playing only at Malco Commons: Digital File (ProRes 422, .mov, etc) OR DCP: Unencrypted,1920x1080 or Blu Ray.
2) If playing outside Malco: Blu-Ray

We can not play DCP at some of our venues so Blu-Ray is preferred for those but we also prefer digital files.

If the filmmaker does not comply with the deadlines to receive the film, the film can be pulled from the festival lineup. Acceptance does not guarantee a juried slot, but the filmmaker will be notified upon acceptance if a juried film in competition or a special screening.

Programmer awards are only eligible to those filmmakers that attend the festival. All films are in competition for the audience award. If you do not attend, we can not mail a Hoka but will provide a certificate instead. We do not return materials unless you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope or FedEx or UPS account information.

16 Reviews

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    James Oldham

    Oxford FF was a joy to be involved with. We were welcomed with open arms (beer and chips too!) All the way from the UK and couldnt have asked for a more warm welcome to Mississippi.
    What a lovely group of passionate and beautiful people!
    Highly recommended!

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Jamesx2 is the best!

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    Glenn Payne

    Extremely well put together film festival. I've been fortunate enough to attend on several occasions and it's always handled with care. Great for networking and a pleasant film fest experience. Highly recommended!

    March 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Glenn and for showcasing so many of your great films with us!

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    Catalina Jordan Alvarez

    This was the most southern hospitality I've ever had in my life. They treat you like a queen. I'm so grateful to them. They threw awesome parties. They screened great work. I even got to screen alongside some masterpieces I admire, such as "I Am Not Your Negro." Oxford, Mississippi is where William Faulkner resided.

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Paco! Paco! Paco!

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    James Mirabello

    We loved working with Oxford Film Festival and so honored that our film screened there. Even though we were unable to attend in person, they were still so gracious and helpful. Oxford really is a terrific festival!

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for such a lovely film to showcase!

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    Kimberly Burleigh

    I was not able to attend but my work was accepted. The communication and the care the staff gave to the process was five stars. I wish I could have gone!

    February 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sending us such a great film!