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Oxford Film Fest Winners and more!!


The 2019 festival drew to a close on Sunday, February 10 with an 18.75% attendance growth from 2018. On Saturday, the winners were selected.

The 2019 Oxford Film Festival celebrated the best of the fest with a typically entertaining awards ceremony, emceed by Crooked Marquee’s Eric D. Snider, at the Powerhouse (413 S. 14th Street) on Saturday, February 9, highlighted by the announcement of Hoka awards for Jordan Noel’s THIS WORLD ALONE for Best Narrative Feature, and Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s WRESTLE for Best Documentary Feature.

Noel received a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision and $250 check, while Herbert and Belfer received a $250 check and $10,000 of equipment rental for their next feature from Panavision as well as $2,500 in editorial consultation from editor Joe Shapiro.

Winner of the Best Mississippi Feature was John Reyer Afamasaga’s DOOR AJAR: THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY. He received a year of free equipment rental from OxFilm Society and a Hoka Award and a check for $250. Jeffrey Dennis’ SHARDE THOMAS: LEGACY OF THE FIFE was given a Special Jury Prize in the category.


John Rash’s NEGRO TERROR won BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, the Hoka Award and a check for $100, while John Whitehead’s DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND received a Special Jury Mention.


Winner of the Best LGBTQ Feature Film Award and receiving $250 and a Hoka Award was Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA. The shorts category had a tie between Will Stewart’s ALL WE ARE and Morgan Jon Fox’s THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET for Best LGBTQ Short Film. The jury was so adamant about honoring both films equally that they ponied up the additional $100 prize money themselves so both films could win.


The Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award (and check for $1000 from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation) went to Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer for their work on WRESTLE.

Read about all the winners here: http://oxfordfilmfest.com/oxford-film-festival/2019/2/11/and-the-hoka-goes-to

and see photos from the 2019 festival here: http://oxfordfilmfest.com/2019-gallery/

A Best of Screening will be announced in the March newsletter.

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Please join Oxford Film Festival, the Southern Documentary Project, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture on Tuesday, Feb 19th at 5:30PM in welcoming hybrid-documentary filmmaker Lynne Sachs. Lynne will be showing her latest ‘The Washing Society’, a film that creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present. The screening will be held at the Barnard Observatory on the campus of the University of Mississippi and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Free parking is available on campus and at the Overby Center lot starting at 5pm.

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