Film Fests Archive for May, 2010

Press Release: Oxford Film Festival Call for Entries

Press Release:
Oxford Film Festival announces Call for Entries
Festival organizers preparing for 8th annual festival
Oxford, Miss. – The Oxford Film Festival organizers recently announced that they are now accepting film submissions from May 20 to September 1, 2010 for the 2011 film festival.
The popular non-profit film festival returns for its eighth year on February 10-13, 2011.
“We are excited to start screening submissions for the 2011 festival,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. “As the festival grows, the films we receive get stronger and we’re looking forward to getting some great films this year. We are also working hard this year to obtain numerous awards for filmmakers and are excited for the return of the speed pitch panel which helped filmmakers obtain distribution for their films.”
Entries are due by the regular deadline of September 1, a late deadline of September 15 and WAB extended deadline of October 1.

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