Leadership Lafayette service project presents submitted films.
A screening and reception of the films submitted for the OxFilm Challenge is tonight at the Lyric Theater in Oxford. A panel of judges will decide the winner for Best Film, who will receive $500. The audience at the screening can vote for their favorites, and the People’s Choice Film award is $100. This event is free and open to the public.
Leadership Lafayette has partnered with the Oxford Police Department, OxFilm Society, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council for the OxFilm Challenge. This community service project has a long-term goal of creating jobs and developing relationships with filmmakers that can stimulate the local economy.
The OxFilm Challenge is intended to encourage filmmakers to produce works that will provide new voices and the vision to give back to the community. The Oxford Police Department will use these films as educational tools when visiting kids in local schools. Students have the opportunity to learn the dangers of texting and driving, the importance in sharing the road with cyclists, and the protocol when being pulled over.
OxFilm Society is a community-wide effort to enhance film as a cultural, artistic, and economic driver for the Lafayette County-Oxford and University population. OxFilm seeks to promote education and provide tools to support local filmmakers while encouraging films to be made in the Oxford community. OxFilm also seeks to enhance existing film screenings with an ongoing series celebrating a range of film experiences. Proceeds from this event will go to providing film equipment, programming, and job training for local filmmakers.