The 2018 Oxford Film Festival, taking place in Oxford, Mississippi, February 7-11, 2018 is open for entries. The 15th edition of the festival includes a new film and screenplay competition with cash prizes, as well as a reduced submission fee incentive for female filmmakers.
The Oxford Film Festival has also added to the impact it is making with filmmakers, film artists, and the local community, by embracing its place artistically, politically, and socially in Oxford and the state of Mississippi. Last year, the film festival introduced an LGBTQ competition category as a reaction to the state’s Religious Freedom bill to create legal discrimination, and welcomed beloved film veteran Danny Glover to speak (prior to a screening of Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO) about an upcoming worker’s strike and march in Canton, Mississippi to fight for workers’ rights and voting rights in the state.
Following her discovery that only 28% of the festival’s films to date have been helmed by women, Addington has instituted a drive to increase that number going forward by offering a concrete incentive for female directors: a 50% discount on the submission fee at FilmFreeway. It follows the trend the film festival has taken in the past few years to be a prominent “voice”, and take real action in order to offer an oasis of culture, a position of advocacy and support on behalf of minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community, and and support diverse voices in the state of Mississippi.
When submitting their films to FilmFreeway for consideration by the festival, women should use the following submission code to receive their 50% discount: BlacheOXFF
The Oxford Film Festival’s two new competitions this year include:
Artist Vodka Film D'Or Prize
A grand prize of $5,000 will be given to the winner along with flight and hotel covered to attend the festival. Also, an audience winner will also be announced with a $500 prize.
Short Screenplay Competition
The Short Screenplay Competition will feature a cash prize, flight and hotel to attend the festival, a live table read and producer mentors including John Norris and Tate Taylor of Wyolah Films (GET ON UP, THE HELP) will also meet with the scriptwriter at the festival to consult on production details to assist in the making of the film.
Film categories include:
Narrative and documentary features and shorts
Mississippi narrative and documentary
Music Video and Documentary
Fest Forward (Animation and Experimental)
Early Bird: September 1, 2017
Regular: October 15, 2017
Late: November 15, 2017
Submissions can be made at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/OxfordFilmFestival, and more information is available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.