Post Festival Catch-Up

For all those of you who missed out on the 2nd Annual Oxford International Film Festival, you missed a heck of a show. Nearly 200 filmmakers graced the streets of Oxford, flying in from as far off as Denmark and France, to present over 100 of some of the year’s best new indie films, including over 60 premieres, concerts, vendors, workshops, panels, parties, galas and more. I’d be lying if I said it went off without a hitch, as with any new or growing event, we’ve had our fair share of problems, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t anticipate everything, but it was an honor to have so many positive comments from filmmakers, and attendees alike, specifically impressed with the professionalism and organization of the event, which is a rarity with new festivals, and something we take pride in. One of our key goals continues to be to reach and support new filmmakers and artists, while bringing new and exciting large-scale, professional cinematic programs to the region, and I think that with the 2008 Oxford International Film Festival we’ve once again accomplished that goal. With a bit over 1500 in attendance, the event didn’t exactly bring down the house, but numbers were still up considerably from the previous year (which ranged between 1100 and 1200), when it comes to this event in particular, one additional (and consistent comment) from the filmmakers (in addition to the organization) is that they really appreciate the small-town atmosphere and the personal interaction that is made possible at this festival, as it presents and preserves a unique event and environment that sets it apart from other large-scale festivals internationally. This is something that we’ll be striving to retain from year to year, and a keeps a wonderfully personal “independent” feel to festival, which is great on many levels. I also want to make sure I send a “shout out” to all of this year’s festival sponsors, volunteers, and staff who all worked so very hard, many pouring their heart and soul into the event to see it come in fruition in its second year. Hats off to you, thank you so much, I love you all!

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