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New Orleans Film Festival Call for Entries

Monday, March 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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New Orleans, Louisiana - USA
October 16 to 24, 2019

May 10, 2019
Late Deadline

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In the Spotlight today is the 30th New Orleans Film Festival(NOFF), celebrating cinema like only New Orleans can, with brass bands, second-line parades, gumbo, and Mardi Gras beads for every filmmaker. New Orleans is known to the world over for its hospitality and of course for throwing a great party. NOFF is no exception—but the festival never loses sight of what it’s celebrating: exciting new work from diverse filmmakers telling the stories of our time.

Celebrating its 30th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event. NOFF is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short. The Fest has been recognized byMovieMaker Magazineas one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012. More than 90% of the lineup comes directly from submissions and select filmmakers take home cash awards like $20,000 USD to the winner of a pitch competition in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute.

Paste Magazinehas praised the festival for offering “a platform to voices that still fight to be heard,” and indeed, last year’s festival saw 54% of its films helmed by directors of color and 60% from female and gender non-confirming directors. Some of the festival’s special programming in recent years has included a live recording for Slate’s “Represent” podcast; a virtual reality showcase featuring new 360° work; new films from the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora; a documentary sidebar celebrating change-makers advancing causes of marginalized communities; filmmaker roundtables for peer-to-peer sharing; and mentorship opportunities for filmmakers. For the past several years, the festival has played host to around 400 filmmakers who come to show their work and lend their artistic voice to the festival.
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The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time.

To encourage filmmaker attendance, NOFF offers lodging to each out-of-town filmmaker. Additionally, the festival works hard to offer guests countless opportunities to connect with the industry presence at the fest, facilitating over 400 meetings with distributors like Array, Aspire, Gunpowder & Sky, Paramount, and The Orchard; as well as funders, agencies, broadcasters, and other film organizations like Ford Foundation, HBO, Firelight Media, Cinereach, Vimeo, Kickstarter, Black Public Media, ITVS, Seed&Spark, NBCUniversal, Aspire TV, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Center for Asian American Media, and International Documentary Association. Past attendees and honorees have included Julie Dash, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Reiner, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson, Alfre Woodard, Justin Timberlake, Steve McQueen, Sarah Paulson, and countless others. Add your name to this impressive list and share your new film with NOFF— they would love to see it.

Films, screenplays, music videos, virtual reality projects, experimental work, episodic content, and more are now being considered. Qualify your best work today!

*Promo codes cannot be applied to submissions retroactively. Promo codes expire at 11:59pm PT on the date that promotion ends, submissions close, or when the number of uses has been met, whichever occurs first.