Now in its eighth year, the Oxford Film Festival continues to be one of the most fun and invigorating regional film festivals in the country. Coming soon after the commercial blitz of Sundance and ahead of the hipster hustle of South By Southwest, Oxford offers an intimacy and a sense of family that its larger brethren don't, while still providing film fans with enough worthwhile content to more than make it worth attending.

In 2010, the OFF organizers asked me to join their panel of judges for the documentary competition. While serving as a moderator for their annual "Speed Pitch" panel, as well as a few question and answer sessions with attending filmmakers, I found the experience to be just as rewarding and fun, giving me an additional perspective on the festival's charms and revealing that OFF is a more diverse and interesting experience than attendees of larger festivals might expect.