The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema from across the globe while also focusing on movie making and enhancing the arts in Oxford and North Mississippi. The Oxford Film Festival holds monthly events which culminate in our annual four-day film festival each February. The festival exhibits over 100 quality films from across the globe and has been praised for its hospitality. 

The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, the Oxford Film Festival became an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.

The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary film making, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events. Film categories include:

  • Animated short
  • Documentary feature and short
  • Experimental short
  • Mississippi narrative and documentary
  • Mississippi Music Video
  • Narrative feature and short

The Oxford Film Festival entertains and educates its participants, providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to watch independent films, as well as to meet the filmmakers and learn from industry professionals. The variety of films, in addition to the panels, attracts film-goers of all ages and backgrounds. The festival also supports movie making in the area through the production of the community film and support of OxFilm Society which loans equipment to filmmakers filming in Oxford.