Festival Dates

The 2021 festival ran from 27 August - 4 September. The 2023 festival runs on 15-16 September.


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

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Tickets are not yet available for 2023 and dates may be subject to change. We will annouce more nearer the time.

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Oxford Shorts - International Film Festival (formerly OXISFF)

Oxford Shorts (formerly known as The Oxford International Short Film Festival or OXISFF) celebrates the diversity and creativity of short films. We are 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 industry filmmakers prior to the event across a range of categories.

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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Previous Festivals

Our very first festival ran in March 2019, so we are now five years old! Since then we have played over 300 short films from countries all over the world and organised talks with industry professionals. The most recent festival ran both live screenings and online from 27 August - 4 September. A friendly atmosphere, live screenings and a wonderful venue are large part of who we are and what makes us different! We are delighted to announce that some onsite accommodation can be made available for International Filmmakers for our 2023 edition. Watch trailers from some of our previous editions below:





Festival Programme

Download the Festival 2021 Programme

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festival organisers

See below for a list of festival organisers:

  • Andrew Carslaw

    Festival Director

  • Laura Jones

    Children's Festival Director

  • Olivia Chappell

    Director of Awards

  • Stanley Mackrell

    Head of Media and Co-founder

  • Danny Mac-Gregor

    Festival Judge

  • Emma Faraone

    Event Coordinator

  • Stephanie Overington

    Social Media

  • Annabel Jackson

    PR and Content Production

  • Toby Fitzpatrick

    Media Content Production

  • Layla Mirmalek

    Festival Judge/Q&A

  • Zainab Mirmalek

    Festival Coordinator

friends and sponsors

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

Please Note:

The Festival Entrance will be venue via the St John's College Front Lodge (Postcode: OX1 3JP). This is located on St Giles on the opposite side to the Ashmolean Museum.

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.


St John's College (Front Lodge)
Parks Road,

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