Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Oxford Film Festival Reaches Out to Community for Ideas

Oxford Film Festival (OFF) is looking for Oxford-based story ideas for the seventh annual community film that will be made in conjunction with next year’s festival; the 14th Annual Oxford Film Festival.

Oxford Film Festival_OFFEach year, the Oxford Film Festival – in conjunction with the OxFilm Society – produces and supports a community film that showcases the talents of the Oxford community and provides opportunities for community members to gain experience working on a film and learning how a film is made. The completed film is then screened multiple times during the annual festival, giving audiences the chance to view first-hand the fruit of the community’s creativity.

This year, OFF is hoping to base the narrative of the community film around a story about Oxford and the people who live in or have lived in Oxford.

If you have a family story or a folk-tale about Oxford, it’s inhabitants or the surrounding area, Oxford Film Festival wants to hear it.

Story ideas can be submitted to info@oxfordfilmfest.com. Submissions can be a simple sentence or a paragraph that highlights the story, or a full script if you have it lying around.

Filmmaker Alice Walker directed this year's community film, 'Once a Month', which premiered at the Oxford Film Festival in February. Photo courtesy of Alice Walker/Facebook
Filmmaker Alice Walker directed this year’s community film, ‘Once a Month’, which premiered at the Oxford Film Festival in February.
Photo courtesy of Alice Walker/Facebook
Submissions should have your name, number and email address included.

Deadline for submissions is tax day, April 15. The selected concept will be announced shortly afterward and a script will be drawn up in an OxFilm Society workshop.

And, for those who have 15-minutes to kill, check out the embedded video (top) to watch an encore presentation of this year’s community film, Once a Month, directed by Oxonian Alice Walker and starring Jennifer Mathus, Rhes Low and Lynn Wells.

For more information, visit the OFF website at OxfordFilmFest.com.

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