17th annual Oxford Film Festival: March 18-22, 2020

When to submit?

  • May 1 - Sept. 30 = Early Bird Deadline

  • October 1 - Nov. 15 = Regular Deadline and final Student category deadline

  • Nov. 16 - Dec. 31 = Late Deadline for all categories except Student.

Where to submit? 

We only accept submissions on Film Freeway. Emailing us a link will not be considered. 


All genres have a $5 student discount other than in the student category.

Films created by people with disabilities, and/or featuring performers with disabilities receive a 50% discount using code REELOXFF2

Films directed by women also get 50% discount using code BlacheOXFF

Can I get a fee waiver?

Maybe! You can request one until Nov. 15 using this form here.


  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

  • While we prefer otherwise, short films currently streaming on You Tube or other free or pay platforms are eligible. Feature-length films that are currently or have in the past been available in any form of exhibition in the United States are ineligible for juried competition. This includes: SVOD, TVOD, theatrical, TV or free Internet streaming. Non-US distribution is acceptable.

  • Shorts must be under 30 minutes. Features must be under 120 minutes. Scripts are under 20 pages.

  • To be considered for the Mississippi categories, the filmmaker should indicate his/her "Mississippi connection" in the cover letter section and have filmed at least 50% of the film in Mississippi.

  • All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for festival presentation.

  • All submission fees are non-refundable even if your film is rejected.

  • Any film submitted in previous years but be a significantly different version to be re-considered. Re-submitted, previously rejected films with no changes will not be considered. Please note the changes in your cover letter.

  • We do not pay screening fees for juried competition films. Please do not submit and then ask for fees once accepted. We will reject the film.

How does your film screening process work?

We have a screening team of about 50 volunteers made up of a cross-section of the Oxford community as well as some national and international screeners including students, retirees, filmmakers, industry and more. Three people are required to watch the film completely and then submit their review using our internal system. Then head programmers for each category make final decisions. The feedback from screeners is shared with filmmakers who request this service at the time of acceptance or rejection. At the festival we are looking above all else for a good story but technical proficiency, acting, editing, length of film, uniqueness and other factors are taken into consideration when screening. 

Films with distribution are ineligible. We do not pay screening fees for juried competition films. Please do not submit and accept and then ask for us to pay to screen your film. If you are interested in a special non juried screening which we pay for a screening fee, you may reach out to the Executive Director instead of applying through Film Freeway. 

For the Short Screenplay competition, our volunteers read each script and determine the semi-finalists and top finalists based on ranking of scores. 

Upon acceptance, Oxford Film Festival will ask for fest deliverables: 
1) Feature films require a DCP and a BluRay back up. If unable to deliver a DCP, we partnered with a company to provide a discount to have a DCP made. If you can not follow this, do not submit.

2) Short films require a ProRes 422 file and a preferred Blu ray back up. Selig Polyscope Company will then create a DCP for each shorts block. We do not want a DCP for your short as we create our own DCP blocks.

  • If the filmmaker does not comply with delivery deadlines, the film may be pulled from the festival lineup.

  • Acceptance does not guarantee a juried slot, but the filmmaker will be notified upon acceptance if their film was selected for competition or out-of-competition screenings.

  • International entries - all entries from outside the US should be sent Air mail Registered or by a parcel express service (DHL, UPS, Fed Ex, etc.). We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid.

Can I get my money back if you don't accept my film?

No, that is not our policy. 

When is notification?

  • We consider films fully before making a decision. We try to notify once decided rather than waiting only until the final notification date. Decisions are made in two rounds during our 6 month submission process. However, we will notify all filmmakers by or before Jan. 15, 2020 via Film Freeway. Please check your account on Film Freeway for any notifications or check your email. Films that request feedback will receive it.

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$15,000 Short Film Contest Presented by Artist Vodka

The $15,000 short film contest presented by Artist Vodka will be highlighted at the 2020 Oxford Film Festival with a one-day screening series of short films. But only one will win the $15,000 cash prize. The films selected for screening will be announced in January and the winner will be decided after a 50-50 jury and audience vote on the Saturday of the film fest. 

Submit separately to regular short categories for consideration for jury competition. You can enter both the competition and regular festival.

Rules of the short film contest include:

  • Film must be less than 30 minutes.

  • Winning films must have a strong story, technical production and performances.

  • You retain the rights to your film. 

  • Full waivers may not be used to submit to this category.

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