Home to the University of Mississipi (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 13th Oxford Film Festival, a four-day event celebrating the art of independent film, will bring filmmakers and film goers from as far away as Los Angeles and New York, and as close as Oxford (and Tupelo) to enjoy approximately four days of workshops, panels, and social events.

Recent years have included 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, the Casey Spradling Memorial Award for best Mississippi narrative, narrative feature, narrative short.

It is also presented after the festival to the winner of the audience award.

The Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award is selected by the festival directors and includes a statuette.

New this year will be an editing award and female filmmaker award.

The winners of the narrative awards (feature, short, Mississippi) will also receive an InkTip prize package of an InkTip Script Listings for exposure to producers.

The winner of the Narrative Feature will win a $20,000 Panavision camera rental package and eight hours of color correction from John Davidson Color.

The winner of the Documentary Feature will win 3 days of audio post production from bad Animals and eight hours of color correction from John Davidson Color.

Both the Narrative Short and Documentary Short winners will receive 3 days of audio post production from Taproot Audio Design based in Oxford, Miss.

The Mississippi narrative winner will receive a cash prize with the Casey Spradling Memorial Award and a one-year membership and free rental of film equipment from OxFilm Society.

Winner of the Mississippi Documentary will receive broadcasting on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and a one-year membership and free equipment rentals from OxFilm Society. Broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) Television is contingent upon and limited to the winning film meeting MPB’s legal, content, and technical guidelines.

Winner of the Mississippi Music Video will also receive a one-year membership and free equipment rentals from OxFilm Society.

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. DVD submissions are not considered.

To be considered for the Mississippi categories (documentary, music video, 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 2016 Oxford Film Festival. S/he acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival. 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.

Upon acceptance, Oxford Film Festival will ask that the filmmaker upload or send a digital file (h.264 1920x1080), a backup DVD, and a high resolution color photo suitable for print BY DECEMBER 19, 2015.