By Talbert Toole
The Oxford Film Festival (OFF) launched its live schedule Monday allowing patrons of the annual festival to pick and choose films prior to the annual event Feb. 6-10, 2019.
The festival committee strongly recommends patrons to review the Film Guide and Schedule to get a jump start before tickets go on sale to the general public.
Oxford is the first major stop on the year’s regional film festival circuit and has announced John Stimpson’s ‘Ghost Light’ as the Opening Night Gala selection, with Jacqueline Olive’s ‘Always in Season’ tabbed as the fest’s Closing Night Gala selection immediately following its debut at Sundance.
OFF has also become a signatory of the 505×2020 Pledge this year joining film festivals around the country pledging to reach a 50/50 parity between male and female filmmakers by the year 2020.
In addition to the pledge, OFF has also received a grant from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences recently, which assists the organization’s effort to expand the festival’s LGBTQ programming.
Melanie Addington, OFF executive director, said each year the festival becomes more entrenched, not just as a way for people to see films in Oxford and Mississippi, but also as a place where Mississippians look forward to meeting filmmakers from different parts of the country and world.
“As always, we seek to entertain,” Addington said. “But beyond that, we embrace our cultural and social responsibility and the mission of being one place and one event that Oxford film fans and Oxford Film Festival filmmakers can count on to help build those bridges between different people in the best and most enjoyable way.”
For those interested in the 2019 Oxford Film Festival, visit OFF’s website for tickets, schedules and film guide.