Oxford International Film Festival
OXIFF is designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which blends well with the beautiful city of Oxford. This was certainly the case in 2018 when the festival was able to expand to both the Curzon and The Ultimate Picture Palace, allowing filmmakers and guests the chance to explore the historical city.
The Oxford International film Festival’s third edition took place over a three day weekend from 11th to the 13th of May in partnership with the Curzon and The Ultimate Picture Palace.
"Our experience at the OXIFF could not have been better! Your selection of eclectic films from around the world was superb." Joseph Stillman, Director of Best Documentary Citizen Clark...A Life of Principle.
On Friday 11th May 2018 the Oxford International Film Festival, celebrated its third edition with an opening night screening of feature film Hippopotamus at the Curzon and across the city at The Ultimate Picture Palace, which played host to the Opening Night Shorts programme and saw a full house enjoy an eclectic mix of short films.
The boutique festival then kicked on over Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th, with premieres and filmmaker attendance galore, which included an appearance by Oscar nominated and Oxford University alumnus Rosamund Pike, who played the lead role in short film The Human Voice. Pike, who took home the Best Actress award for her performance, took part in an audience Q&A alongside fellow filmmakers.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at OXIFF this year, exploring the city and engaging in conversations with wonderfully wise and insightful individuals, who have inspired me and collaborated with their knowledge." Benjamin Jacob Smith, Director of Edgar I Am
OXIFF is a sister festival to the highly successful Manchester Film Festival, and OXIFF and MANIFF’s Director of Operations Neil Jeram-Croft said - “this weekend has been amazing; the quality of the films is a credit to the filmmakers and all involved. Huge thanks to the Curzon, The Ultimate Picture Palace and our incredible volunteers who have made this a weekend one to remember, we can't wait to get back next year and make OXIFF2019 even bigger”.
"Thank you to the entire OXIFF crew. I feel extremely honored to receive this recognition for New York city Sketchbook." Willy Hartland, Director of Film of the Festival New York City Sketchbook
In its first three years all the films selected for OXIFF came through open submissions. This is a strict policy that the organisers will continue with for the fourth festival.
"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
"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
"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
Submission for Oxiff 2019 are open.
2019 SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
Please submit early to save on our submission fees. Your online screener must be ready for viewing by the following dates to meet the respective deadline:
- 4th July 2018: Opening Deadline
- 7th August 2018: Earlybird Deadline
- 27th November 2018: Regular Deadline
- 15th January 2019: Late Deadline
- 26th February 2019: Extended Deadline