Oxford Film Fest wins big in 12th year

James Franco, center, and Tim Blake Nelson, left, introduce the film "The Sound and the Fury," based on William Faulkner's 1930 classic and directed by Franco. (Courtesy)

James Franco, center, and Tim Blake Nelson, left, introduce the film “The Sound and the Fury,” based on William Faulkner’s 1930 classic and directed by Franco. (Courtesy)

By W. Derek Russell

Daily Journal

OXFORD – In its 12th year, the Oxford Film Festival proved to show no signs of slowing down, even with the four volunteer directors stepping down.

Special guests James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson joined the festival this year with their film “The Sound and The Fury,” which had its Mississippi premiere Thursday night at the Malco Oxford Commons to a sold-out crowd.

“Our 12th year exceeded our expectations,” said executive director Molly Fergusson. “It was our smoothest running festival and we had a great time with James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson.”

After starting in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the festival became its own registered non-profit organization and has grown ever since.

More than 65 films were screened this year in different categories including shorts, documentaries, and narrative features.

See above for a complete list of this year’s winners.

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