Keep Oxford Film Festival Going!
OFF needs you now more than ever. At a time that our festival is growing, we were hit with a decrease in government (state) funding. In order to keep going and growing as a world-class festival, we need your support to show Oxford is committed to arts & film.
Inclusion StatementOur festival focuses on diverse voices and has added awards and support for female directors, focus on more POC directors and a LGBTQ film section. With awareness to Mississippi's history, inclusion is imperative at our festival, especially now more than ever.
About The Project
The Oxford Film Festival established in 2003 is a one of a kind festival in the state of Mississippi. After being named A Top 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine 4 years in a row, the festival has rapidly seen growth as it moves into its 15th anniversary festival in February 2018.
But far from being a festival just for Oxford and the state of Mississippi, the festival's focus on diversity and inclusion as well as having a super fun time has made it a festival darling for filmmakers.
From karaoke and bowling parties to mansions, each night festival goers can let their hair down and make new friends after a day of watching great films ranging from documentary shorts and features to narrative shorts and features from around the globe, music videos and documentaries, Mississippi films and as of 2016, our LGBTQ film selection. The festival takes place in February in Mississippi so there is also a deep focus on films that touch on Civil Rights including last year's Oscar nominee I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO with special introduction by actor Danny Glover.
The festival is held over 5 days and also hosts monthly screenings and events. We try to provide free screenings when possible with funds made by the ticket sales from the festival. Submission fees are all earmarked towards attending filmmakers including their hotels, transportation and meals.
We also provide free workshops for filmmakers and people interested in learning more about film by bringing in industry to teach on a variety of topics from crowdfunding to intellectual property to sound editing, casting and more.
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About This Team
Executive Director: Melanie Addington
Melanie has worked with the festival since 2006 in various capacities and has taken on the role of Executive Director for the 2016 festival. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers. Contact: melanieaddington [at] oxfordfilmfest.com
Assistant Director: Kayleigh Graham
Kayleigh Graham is a woman of mystery and power whose power is exceeded only by her mystery. When she isn't volunteering for the Oxford Film Festival, she is the facilitiescoordinator for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and is on staff at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Kayleigh is also actively involved in community and professional theatre, including acting, stage managing, and costuming. She lives in Oxford with her husband Samuel and is a Tom Collins aficionado. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
For over a decade, Mississippi-native Shannon Cohn has produced award-winning feature documentaries & TV series for Discovery Channel & NatGeo. Before that, she practiced international law & was part of the legal team that prosecuted Enron. She went to film school at NYU and has a law degree from Vanderbilt.