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OFF opens call for entries

May 20, 2010

The Oxford Film Festival is now accepting film submissions from May 20 to September 15, 2010 for the 2011 film festival.  WAB members have an extended deadline until Oct. 1.

The popular non-profit film festival returns for its eighth year on February 10-13, 2011.

“We are excited to start screening submissions for the 2011 festival,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. “As the festival grows, the films we receive get stronger and we’re looking forward to getting some great films this year. We are also working hard this year to obtain numerous awards for filmmakers and are excited for the return of the speed pitch panel which helped filmmakers obtain distribution for their films.”

Entries are due by the regular deadline of September 1, a late deadline of September 15 and WAB extended deadline of October 1.

The Film Festival is accepting entries in the following categories: animation, documentary feature, documentary short, experimental, narrative feature, and narrative short. The entries may be submitted online using withoutabox.com or with a paper form that is downloadable at oxfordfilmfestival.com. Unsolicited entries will not be accepted. Filmmakers will be notified by or before December 15.

Submit your film to the festival that is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most hospitable festivals.

– Cinetic Rights Management Steve Beckman had this to say:

“Everyone in Oxford couldn’t have been more hospitable and welcoming – this is a film fest that should definitely be on your radar.”

– Attendee Elvis Mitchell, former New York Times film critic and filmmaker commented during his visit at the festival last year:

“Oxford is a smaller fest, but they get a surprising number of filmmakers to come out for it, in part because of the excellent reputation the fest has earned for being one of the most fun little fests around. Unlike more pretentious fests where the filmmakers and talent are tucked away in exclusive VIP rooms away from everyone else behind velvet ropes and security guards, at Oxford everyone mingles together. You see filmmakers and actors having casual chats with fest attendees outside the Malco theater after screenings, festival staff, talent and journalists grabbing lunch or a coffee, and hanging out at one of the many parties (every night of the fest has both a party and an after party, most of which are held in intimate private homes, and they get lots of great food donated to their parties from area restaurants. It’s a good thing this fest only lasts a weekend, or we’d have all gained ten pounds there,” Mitchell said.

Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical.com was a panelist and juror and spoke to his festival experience:

“Cozily entrenched in the businesses and residences of Oxford, Mississippi, the town that the picturesque college Ole Miss calls home, OFF is a modest, maturing sibling of mainstay festivals like Sundance and South By Southwest whose smalltown charm bypasses superficial spectacle in favor of more substantial rewards.”

Filmmaker Jeffrey Ruggles who screened “Bicycle Lane” in 2010 said: “I’m going to make a film every year just to be able to come back here.  I don’t care if it plays anywhere else.”

The 2011 festival schedule will be posted four to six weeks before the festival begins. The Oxford Film Festival is a non-profit film festival that is held annually in February at the Oxford, Miss. Malco Studio Cinema. The festival is well respected throughout both the community and Southeast.

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