OXISFF 2020/21

The 2020 festival run online from 8 May - 25 July. OXISFF 2021 is provisionally scheduled for 29-31 March.

Oxford International Short Film Festival (OXISFF)

The Oxford International Short Film Festival (OXISFF) celebrates the diversity and creativity of short films. OXISFF is located in the heart of the historic university city, on the same road where Inspector Morse, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien famously all enjoyed a tipple, a mere stone's throw from Hogwarts' Dining Hall.

We believe short films are an art form, ideally one which should be experienced in unique and beautiful surroundings, on a large screen with an enthusiastic audience. The live festival is held in the beautiful grounds of St John's College at The University of Oxford in the newly refurbished auditorium.

We would like to encourage short films from all filmmakers in any genre (including documentaries). We're looking for great stories which stir the emotions, have strong characters, and unique voices or evocative worlds. The awards will be judged by a panel of local filmmakers prior to the event across a range of categories.

2020 Festival

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we ran an online edition of our programme in 2020 from May-July. We do believe nothing can beat the experience of watching a film on a big screen with a live audience however. We hope to reschedule some of our 2020 entries as part of our 2021 live event line-up.

Submissions

Are you a filmmaker thinking of submitting? Submissions are handled via our Film Freeway page here.

Want to attend?

Tickets are not yet available for 2021 and dates are provisional. We hope to annouce more nearer the time.

Want to get in contact?

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2020 Online Programme

Jane Richards

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About Jane Richards

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Martin Pearson

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Martin Pearson

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Joan Graves

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Joan Graves

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Peter Reid

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Joan Graves

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60mins

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Tracey Curtis

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About Tracey Curtis

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Stanley Willis

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120mins

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Joan Graves

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Peter Reid

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Joan Graves

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Stanley Willis

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Joan Graves

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Peter Reid

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Official 2020 Awards

Technical Awards
 

Best Film: Tattoo

Nominees:
Acide, Black Forest, Kaleidoscope, Starboy, Tattoo

Best Director: Starboy (Joelle Bentolila)

Nominees:
Acide (Just Philippot), Brave Little Army (Michelle D'Alessandro Hatt), Kaleidoscope (Nicole Pott), King of the Wind Demons (Clemence Posey), Office Song (Marcus Markou), Starboy (Joelle Bentolila)

Best Lead Actress: Tattoo (Behdokht Vallian)

Nominees:
Gone (Aurelie Pitrat), How Do You Type A Broken Heart (Emily Donahoe), I'm Listening (Marjaana Maijala), I'm Not An Actress (Yasaman Moavi), Sylvia (Jolie Lennon), Tattoo (Behdokht Vallian)

Best Lead Actor: Starboy (Barney Harris)

Nominees:
Dorris 85 (Chiz Schultz), Kaleidoscope (Ian Virgo), La Hague (Victor Pontecorvo), Stalker (Sean McGinley), Starboy (Barney Harris)

Best Young Performer: Brave Little Army (Lyla Elliott)

Nominees:
Acide (Antonin Chaussoy), Brave Little Army (Lyla Elliott), Have You Seen Buster? (Will Jacobs), Kaleidoscope (Harry Tayler), Sophie's Map (Liam Middleton), Viva La Revolucion (Ian Inigo)

Best Screenplay: Office Song

Nominees:
Bad Mother, I'm Listening, Miracle Desert, Office Song, Sui Caedere, Your Last Day On Earth

ScreenTalk Prize for Best Oxfordshire Film 2020: On Wenlock Edge

First Runner-up: Unknown Ravens
Second Runner-up: The Voodoo Man

Other short-listed nominees: Stakeout, The Oxford Pole

Audience Choice Award: Your Last Day On Earth

Best of the Block Winners:
Bayandalai - Lord Of The Taiga (Documentaries), Box (Loss), Calling Home (Microshorts), Conte Anglais (Romance?), George And The Whales (Documentaries), Huntington Gardens (Comedy and Kooky), Mama (International Drama), Miracle Desert (Thrillers/Crime Doesn't Pay), Quiet Carriage (Microshorts), Running Man (Nightmares), Snow Warrior (Documentaries), Starboy (UK Drama), Sweet Release (Loss), The Tip (Microshorts), Unknown Ravens (Local Docs), Viva La Revolucion (Children's Films), Your Last Day On Earth (Other Worlds)

Best Cinematography: I'm Listening

Nominees:
George and the Whales, I'm Listening, Office Song, The Jump, Tomatic, Your Last Day On Earth

Best Debut: I Just Want You To Know

Nominees:
2Colours, Down, Hide and Seek, I Just Want You To Know, Meow, The Audition, Winter Hill

Best Editing: Kaleidoscope

Nominees:
Brave Little Army, Gone, Kaleidoscope, Miracle Desert, Running Man, Your Last Day On Earth

Best Production Design: The Cunning Man

Nominees:
Black Forest, Cassandra, I'm Listening, The Cunning Man, Tomatic, Vicarious

Best Music Score: The Box

Nominees:
Brave Little Army, George and the Whales, Starboy, The Box, The Bronze Fly, The Cunning Man

Best Sound: Black Moon

Nominees:
Bad Mother, Black Moon, Choker, Office Song, Snow Warrior

Best Special Effects: Acide

Nominees:
Acide, Aurore, Phoebe, Socks and Robbers, SPIRIT: A Martian Story

Genre Awards
 

Best Action or Thriller Film: Black Forest

Nominees:
2Colours
Black Forest, La Hague, Stalker, Vicarious

Best Animation: Featherweight

Nominees:
Catastrophe, Featherweight, I Just Want You To Know, Maestro, The Blues Crab

Best Childrens film: Maestro

Nominees:
Catastrophe, Have You Seen Buster?, Maestro, Meow, SPIRIT: A Martian Story, The Blues Crab

Best Comedy Film: Tomatic

Nominees:
Huntington Gardens, Jonty Velcro, Ouija Sexx, Quiet Carriage, Tomatic

Best Documentary: Becoming Cherrie

Nominees:
Becoming Cherrie, Have We Met Before?, If I Get Like That Just Shoot Me, One of Many, Waves, Winter Hill

Best Horror Film: Cassandra

Nominees:
Acide, Black Moon, Cassandra, Running Man, Stakeout

Best International Film: Dorris 85

Nominees:
Dorris 85, I Just Want You To Know, I'm Listening, I'm not an Actress, King of the Wind Demons, Tomatic

Best LGBTQ+ Film: Fortem

Nominees:
Becoming Cherrie, Fortem, Have We Met Before?, Hidden, Phoebe, Starboy, Sweet Release

Best Microshort: Waves

Nominees:
Choker, Crimson Cuffs, Ouija Sex, The Jump, Waves, What We Say - What Me Mean

Best Musical or Experimental film: Office Song

Nominees:
Disco Dynamite, Highland Home, Mama, Mortelle, Office Song, Time To Leave

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Film: SPIRIT: A Martian Story

Nominees:
Elara, SPIRIT: A Martian Story, The Second Hearing, Triskelion, Your Last Day On Earth

Best UK Film: Bad Mother

Nominees:
Bad Mother, Featherweight, Office Song, Sylvia, The Cunning Man


festival organisers

See below for a list of festival organisers:

  • Andrew Carslaw

    Festival Director

  • Stanley Mackrell

    Festival Co-director

  • Laura Jones

    Children's Festival Director

  • Olivia Chappell

    Festival Judge/Presenter

  • Emma Faraone

    Event Coordinator

  • Layla Mirmalek

    Festival Judge/Q&A

  • Danny Mac-Gregor

    Festival Judge

  • Zainab Mirmalek

    Festival Coordinator

submit your film

Our panel of judges are a passionate bunch of filmmakers who just love watching short films! Shortlisted films will automatically be considered for eligible awards.

Please make sure you read the festival rules and regulations on Film Freeway before you apply.

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sponsors

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venue

The live festival will take place in the beautiful surroundings of St John's College in the newly refurbished auditorium.

Please Note:

The Festival Entrance will be venue via the St John's College Back Lodge (Postcode: OX1 3PW). This is located on Parks Road by the traffic lights at the top of South Parks Road. Looks for the flag.

We have more detailed information on how to find us here. Registration opens at 8.30am, and will be open throughout the day. Please make sure you bring along copies of your tickets. The event is sold out and we will not be offering any tickets on the door.

address

St John's College (Back Lodge)
Parks Road,
Oxford
OX1 3PW

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Download the Oxford International
Short Film Festival 2020 Programme

Please note: this document might be periodically updated as further details become finalised.
 

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 (Programme last updated: 28th May 2020)