Oxford International Film Festival

OXIFF is excited to announce ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ second International Film festival.


The Oxford International film Festival’s second edition will take place over a three day weekend from 5th to the 7th of May at the celebrated Phoenix Picturehouse, which is situated at the heart of the beautiful and historic city of Oxford U.K.

"This was the first year that the festival ran but you would never know it. It was brilliantly organised and curated with great films, lovely people, and an amazing buzz around the place. And the Picturehouse cinema really made us feel at home. It was a great platform for our film as there had been a lot of hard work put into getting audiences in and press coverage before and during the festival, which so many festivals don't seem to do after the initial scheduling etc. They really made it feel like you were part of a bigger thing, not just a screening and a chat and all the filmmakers mingled and have stayed in touch after the festival. Definitely worth the money!"  Matt Butler Director of Two Down

Home to the world’s oldest and most distinguished English speaking university the city’s historical culture proved to be a worthy back drop in the ambitious festival’s inaugural edition in 2016. This boutique event offers relaxed networking to its chosen filmmakers with industry professionals, in a unique and personal atmosphere, making this a must on any emerging and established filmmaker’s calendar. 

"A joy of a festival: good programming (the shorts in particular were top-notch), very present and engaged organizers, qualified industry judges, friendly atmosphere, good q+as, and ample opportunity to meet and hang out with fellow filmmakers, it's shocking that this festival was only in its first year. In time, as the festival returns to Oxford in subsequent years, its presence in the city will become more established in the city and turnout will expand. As it stands, this fest is 100% worth the entry fee. Try to get there in person, you won't regret it." Nicholas Gray Director of The Paper Store

Oxford is widely acknowledged as the fastest growing city in the UK and its ever increasing diverse ethnicity reflects OXIFF’s aims of finding engaging independent films from around the world. Our 2017 official selection will be celebrated with industry insiders and film lovers alike who will gather to enjoy world and UK premieres, vibrant after parties, insightful workshops, filmmaker Q & A’s, and a closing awards ceremony to honour the best in competition.

"Great festival especially for its first year. The quality of the films was high and it was great that so many of the filmmakers were there. The organisers were very friendly and present at the festival. Overall - lots of wonderful people and films!" Miranda Howard Williams Director of Albert

OXIFF’s mantra of ‘Craft-Style-Story’ lays down the architectural foundation of a festival and city that blends its Saxon heritage with its new found modern exuberance, and year on year will deliver a showcase for exciting film making talent that exhibits solid vintage craft with contemporary flair.

The inaugural Oxford International Film Festival has drawn to a close after a fantastic weekend of independent film. From satirical comedies and psychological mysteries to dark thrillers and coming of age tales, OxIFF 2016 engaged and inspired its audiences. Check out some of the video highlights below as well as a full list of the award winners. See you in 2017! 


View the Official 2016 Festival Programme below.

Submission for Oxiff 2017 are open.


Please submit early to save on our submission fees. Your online screener must be ready for viewing or your mail-in DVD must be sent into us, postmarked by the following dates to meet the respective deadline: 

  • 6th July 2016: Super Earlybird Deadline 
  • 10th August 2016: Earlybird Deadline 
  • 16th November 2016: Regular Deadline
  • 4th January 2017: Late Deadline
  • 1st February: Extended Deadline 


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