Executive Director Melanie Addington leaving Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival for Kansas’ Tallgrass Film Festival

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Melanie Addington [Courtesy photo]

Melanie Addington, longtime executive director of Mississippi’s Oxford Film Festival, has accepted the executive director position at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas.

The Oxford Film Festival became one of the first film festivals in the country to offer in-person screenings and successfully rolled out a new branding of the overarching organization as “OxFilm,” reflecting its growth as a year-round entity with programs the local filmmaking community and film fans have embraced, such as OxFilm Drive-in, OxFilm Youth, OxFilm EDU and OxFilm On Demand.

“The Oxford Film Festival, and now, OxFilm reflect the joy of making films, watching films and immersing ourselves in the world of cinema that comes directly from Melanie. While we are thrilled for her and this new position at the Tallgrass Film Festival, we are also bolstered by the knowledge that she will be leaving us in prime position to keep growing and being the cultural and artistic force in this state that few could have imagined before she took the helm,” said Oxford Film Festival Chairman of the Board Steven Case in a statement.

Addington begins her work with the Tallgrass Film Festival in May.

She has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer before eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival’s executive director in August 2015. She used to be a reporter for the Oxford Eagle, a community newspaper, and then Pizza Magazine Quarterly, a global trade magazine.

She also writes, directs and produces films.

“Oxford has been my home for almost 20 years and I will miss it greatly. The festival is now in the strongest place it has ever been with year-round staff and a strong board who will make sure it stays in good hands. I will be back to visit often,” Addington said in a statement.

Originally from Southern California, Addington has lived in the South for 20 years. She has family in Wichita, Kansas, where she will be making her new home.

“For those in Wichita that don’t know, Tallgrass is beloved in the indie film world – getting to join this team and help shape its future is absolutely a dream,” Addington said in a statement.

She will succeed Paul Melroy as executive director of the Tallgrass Film Festival.

OxFilm has begun conducting a search for a new executive director with no exact timetable, according to a news release.

-BAM

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