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New Orleans Film Society

The 23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival

October 11th – 18th, 2012


About The Festival


Festival Credits

Our Board of Directors

Screening Venues



Welcome to our 23rd annual New Orleans Film Festival! 2012 marks a banner year for the the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF). In April, MovieMaker Magazine named NOFF one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” Apparently, filmmakers listened—we received more submissions than ever before, a staggering 1,250 films from around the world (up 40% over 2011). Needless to say, this only made the task of curating this year’s Festival incredibly challenging.

Last year, we introduced some new programming (i.e. keeping{SCORE}, OUTakes, Cine Latino) that drew engaged audiences and will hopefully find similar fans this year. We can’t seem to stem the flow of ideas so we have a few new events to add to your NOFF schedule this year: a visit to the Cinema Reset (pages 44-45) exhibit created in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center and a stop at one of our “Gather Round” informal conversations in the VIP Lounge. And do check out our panel descriptions to learn more about a stellar lineup of FREE panels exploring important issues in the film industry today.

In closing, I just want to thank our generous community of sponsors, filmmakers, grantors, arts leaders, partners, advertisers and city agencies for working so closely with us to make the New Orleans Film Festival a not-to-miss event on the Film Festival calendar. And of course, I am forever grateful to our Board of Directors and Advisory Board for all they do to help create an exciting, inclusive, and spirited organization all year long. Thank you!

-Jolene Pinder, executive director

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    USA / 75 min.

    Sunday, October 14, at 6:45 p.m.
    Prytania Theatre
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    Wednesday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m.
    Prytania Theatre
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Make the Most of the Festival

Program Guide

Click here to view the online version of the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival program guide.

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Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors for their support!

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LOGIN HERE TO PURCHASE FILM FESTIVAL PASSES/TICKETS INDIVIDUAL TICKETS Individual tickets are now on sale to the general public. Film screenings are $8 for NOFS members and $10 general admission.…

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Film Grid

Click here to BECOME A MEMBER and purchase tickets early (October 1), before anything sells out. This year, you can print your tickets at home, so no more will-call lines!

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Below are the confirmed venues for the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. table{border:1px white}. |{color:white;width:225px}. 1 |{color:white;width:225px}. 2|{color:white;width:225px}. 3 | | Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St. | New Orleans…

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Parties and Events

Opening Night Party – Thursday, October 11, 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Saint Hotel (931 Canal Street) After watching Nicole Kidman sweat it out in Lee Daniels’ new Florida noir,…

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Pitch Perfect Saturday, October 13 Freeport-McMoRan Theater at the Contemporary Arts Center 10:00am-11:30am: Documentary Pitch Session 11:30am-1:00pm: Narrative Pitch Session Southern film students have five minutes to make us believe…

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I PURCHASED A PASS ONLINE. WHERE DO I PICK IT UP? All passes purchased online must be picked up at our Festival Headquarters Box Office at the Contemporary Arts Center…

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Jury Awards

In total, the New Orleans Film Festival will hand out more than $75,000 in cash and prizes to winning filmmakers in this year’s festival. The following is a list of…

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Audience Awards

Congratulations to the Audience Award winners of the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival: Louisiana Feature Prize: $10,000 post-production package from Digital FX TRAILER PARK JESUS (dir. Sean Gerowin) Louisiana Short…

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Free Screenings

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but at the New Orleans Film Festival, there are free screenings. And lots of ‘em! This year, we are serving…

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keeping {SCORE}

You can’t really have a film festival in New Orleans without including films about music. (For that matter, you can’t do anything ‘in New Orleans without including music.) So for…

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Now in its second year at NOFF, the OUTakes sidebar spotlights the best in contemporary LGBT-themed cinema. From the hard-hitting documentary feature film Love Free or Die, which examines a…

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Cinema Reset

The 2012 New Orleans Film Festival presents Cinema Reset, a special exhibition of experimental film and new media. Cinema Reset’s multimedia artists and moviemakers offer a random, rotating, and constantly…

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Super 8 Workshop

“Do A Shot of Super 8 with Pro8mm and Kodak at NOFF” is a free hands-on shooting experience, where participants will get some basic one-one-one training with a Super 8…

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Interested in coming to the festival this year? We encourage you to book your accommodation with the following partner hotels: (Please note: There is a major convention in town the…

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Past Programs

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Vintage Photos

NOFF 2011 NOFF 2010 NOFF 2009 NOFF 2008 NOFF 2007 NOFF 2006 Pictures of John Waters’ visit in 1999! Pictures of Francis Ford Coppola’s visit in 1997! Pictures from the…

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