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Oxford Film Festival seeks student involvement

The Oxford Film Festival has entertained citizens of Oxford for nearly a decade, and this year, the OFF crew is asking for more involvement from the festival-goers — particularly from those in fraternities and sororities at the University of Mississippi.
The film festival will kick off its ninth season at The Lyric tonight and spend the rest of the weekend at the Oxford Malco theater. Those in charge are looking to the Greeks to take a bigger part in this year’s festival.
“To make this community effort bigger and better, we strongly encourage Ole Miss student involvement,” said OFF volunteer manager Sherrod Taylor. “By volunteering and participating in the Oxford Film Festival activities, students will be exposed to numerous independent films, acquire experience in film production, network with industry professionals and gain community service hours.”
The added Greek component includes three competition categories, according to Taylor. The categories include one for the most outstanding banner design during the week of the festival, the organization with the most volunteers selected for the festival and the one with the most members to attend the festival.
The banner will be judged by a panel who will evaluate each banner on its creativity, quality of content and overall design.
The fraternity and sorority with the highest number of points at the end of the weekend will be recognized at the festival’s awards ceremony, Taylor said. The festival will then make a donation to the chapter’s philanthropy of choice.
“We’ve had an impressive response from the fraternities and sororities,” Taylor said. “Everyone is excited about the competition.”
Taylor also said those students who are actively involved with the festival help the Oxford and Ole Miss community with their efforts.
“The students gain experience and watch films while benefiting several philanthropies, everybody wins,” Taylor said.
For more information about the Oxford Film Festival, visit http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com/.