Oxford Film Festival of Oxford has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 and will be used to support the 15th anniversary film festival to be held February 7-11, 2018. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotl role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities.”
The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, culminating in the annual five day festival.
“We are so pleased to receive continued funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission,” said Melanie Addington, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival. “This funding helps us with year round programming and our upcoming film festival. As we have doubled number of attendees and film submissions, every donation helps us to keep the festival as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in the world as listed by Movie Maker magazine. We are currently accepting sponsor pledges now for the 2017-2018 year.”
The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.