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24th Annual New Orleans Film Festival (Oct 10-17, 2013) Now Accepting Submissions

Friday 1/11/2013

24th Annual New Orleans Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions

New Orleans, La. – The New Orleans Film Society announced today that submissions are now being accepted for the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival, set for October 10-17, 2013.

The festival is seeking new work (completed on or after January 1, 2012) in eight different categories: Narrative Features (fiction films that are 40 minutes or longer), Documentary Features (non-fiction films that are 40 minutes or longer), Narrative Shorts (fiction films that are 39 minutes or less), Animated Shorts (projects 39 minutes or less, animated by any means), Experimental Shorts (projects that are 30 minutes or less and explore new and creative uses of film and video, whether in technique, form, or both), Documentary Shorts (non-fiction films that are 39 minutes or less), Louisiana Features (feature films—non-fiction or fiction—made by filmmakers currently living and working in Louisiana), and Louisiana Shorts (short films made by filmmakers currently living and working in Louisiana).

Jury awards are passed out in every category, and audience awards are given in each of the three feature categories. Last year’s total value of awards and prizes was over $70,000, including camera packages, film stock, cash prizes, and software. Jurors for these awards represent some of the most talented leaders in the industry, including the likes of Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Tia Lessin, and Luke Matheny; IndieWire contributors Matt Singer and Nigel Smith; Independent Lens producer Lois Vossen; Variety reporter Jeff Sneider; actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire); and godfather of Third Cinema Kidlat Tahimik.

The 2012 festival saw the largest number of submissions in the festival’s history—around 1,250—and festival organizers fully expect this year’s submissions pool to eclipse that.

“We have seen steady growth in the number of entries over the past several years,” said Clint Bowie, program director for the New Orleans Film Society. “The festival has positioned itself as one of the major stops on the regional film festival circuit, and I think filmmakers and film industry reps are really taking notice.”

The festival was named one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine last year, and was also named one of the “15 Fests You Should Enter” by Premium Beat.

“We are dedicated to nurturing new voices and making our filmmakers feel like they’ve found a second home here in New Orleans,” said Jolene Pinder, executive director of the Film Society.

One of the ways the festival has sought to make it a more filmmaker-friendly festival is by offering two nights’ lodging to all accepted filmmakers, a strategy implemented for the first time two years ago.

“Having more filmmakers attend the festival allows them to connect with audiences as well as with other filmmakers—and this has really improved the vibe of the festival,” said Bowie.

Around 175 filmmakers attended last year’s festival, which saw a total of 17,000 attendees.

The final deadline to submit a film for consideration is June 23 (with an extended deadline for Louisiana filmmakers of July 19). The fee for submitting ranges from $10 to $80, depending on when you submit (the earlier, the less expensive) and the length of the film (shorts are less expensive to submit than features). There are also discounts for students and Louisiana residents. For more information, visit the NOFS website <>.