Home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), past haunts of William Faulkner, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah and John Grisham, current home of Ace Atkins, Jack Pendarvis, and James Beard-award-winning chef John Currence, 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, will bring filmmakers and filmgoers from as far away as Los Angeles and New York, and as close as Oxford (and Tupelo) to enjoy approximately five days of workshops, panels, and parties.

Recent years have included Kevin Smith with Chasing Amy, Robert Longstreet with The Missing Girl, James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson with The Sound and the Fury, Academy Award winners and nominees, Independent Spirit Award nominees, and favorites on the film festival circuit in addition to local and regional films.

Awards & Prizes

The jury-selected Spirit of the Hoka award, including a statuette designed by local sculptor Bill Beckwith, is presented to the winning films for each category: animated short, documentary feature, documentary short, experimental short, Mississippi documentary, Mississippi music video, LGBTQ, New Media and Music Documentary and the Casey Spradling Memorial Award for best Mississippi narrative, narrative feature, narrative short. The Artist Vodka competition comes with its own statuette.

It 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 Filmmaker Award is selected by the festival programmers and includes a statuette which includes a $1,000 cash prize. The Best Edited award is also presented. The Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award also comes with a cash prize.

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. Shorts winners received post production sound design.

Rules & Terms

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.

Please see the New Media information at http://oxfordfilmfest.com/get-involved/submit/ for instructions on best way to submit the project to us.

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 (documentary and narrative), the filmmaker should indicate his/her "Mississippi connection" in the cover letter section.

In submitting this 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. 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) DCP: Unencrypted,1920x1080 preferred by Jan. 15 OR Prores 422 Quicktime file ( preferred ) or MP4, 1920x1080 (digital file preferred) by Jan. 6
2) Backup Blu-Ray ( preferred ) or DVD by Jan. 31.

If the filmmaker does not comply with the deadline 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. All films are in competition for the audience award.

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    David Feldman

    Fantastic festival!!! We had a lot of fun and the staff & volunterrs all go out of their way to make sure you're having a good time and enjoying yourself. There were amazing parties each night too.

    Most importantly, theaters were PACKED & FULL of people. Lots of lines and crowds, which was GREAT. I can't stress enough how discouraging it was to go to some festivals with our film, and there wouldn't be anyone except other filmmakers in the seats!

    Stop reading this and submit to Oxford!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much David and for your lovely film!

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    Non Films

    Great communication and a wonderful program. Worth the entry free.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    THANK YOU! We appreciate you!

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    Jordan Liebowitz

    Oxford hits it out of the park. Great audiences, screenings and events. Massive filmmaker turnout. Hotel accommodations provided by the festival.

    It's abundantly clear they care a great deal about taking care of both the filmmakers that attend and the work they share. I couldn't recommend it more.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Jordan! We thank you and loved having you at the fest!

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    David Bornstein

    This place... this is probably the most fun you'll have on the festival run. Copious booze, comp'd hotel and transportation, amazing food, great screenings, friendly staff, awesome parties, wonderful local tours, what more could you want?!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks David! We loved having your film and hope you come back many more times with great projects!