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New Orleans Film Society

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, stroll or pedi-cab two blocks down to the Saint Hotel to celebrate the kickoff of the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. All-Access Passholders enjoy access to a VIP area with complimentary food and drink all night long. Tempt Executive Chef Marcus Woodham (formerly of Patois) offers up a menu of decadent Southern classics with a twist. There will be a cash bar (Burgundy Bar) for the general public. So come mix and mingle with filmmakers, film industry folk and cinephiles at this Opening Night bash! Sponsored by Cineworks-Louisiana, Millennium Studios and Second Line Stages. Lighting Design by Solomon Group.

“Welcome to Bayouwood” Filmmaker Welcome Party – Friday, October 12, 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Musee Conti Historical Wax Museum (in the French Quarter: 917 Rue Conti)
Take a stroll back in time—300 years to be exact—and follow along the meandering path of Louisiana’s history, discovering a waxy Napoleon in his bathtub and voodoo legend Marie Laveau along the way. Don’t get too lost in time, though. You won’t want to miss a very special performance by Cajun French band Feufollet, based out of Lafayette. In their own words, Feufollet is: “Deathbed ballads meet glockenspiels and omnichords. Cajun French choruses are written on iPhones. Indie-rock vibes invade Acadian archives.” Make some memories in our own bayou fantasia photo booth and get ready for an evening of complimentary food (from Hanna Brothers and Bayona), drink (from LA-31 and Republic National Distributing Company), music (Feufollet and NOLA Mix) and more. (Sponsored by Oxford American Magazine, SAG Indie and Storyville) Food and drink provided by Bayona, Bayou Teche Biere, Hanna Brothers, Pralines by Jean, Republic National Distribution Company and Sucre.

Scene Magazine presents “A Film Fest Affair” Saturday, October 13, 9:00 p.m. – until
Second Line Stages (800 Richard Street)
The single largest event of the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival, “A Film Fest Affair” is an epic celebration at Second Line Stages, the film studio built inside of a historic warehouse in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Featuring live music, an open bar and complimentary food from ten of the best restaurants in New Orleans, “A Film Fest Affair” is your chance to mingle with film professionals and famous faces. General admission is $10 and the VIP lounge is $50. Tickets are available at (NOFF All Access Passes and all Six-Film Passes include general admission to “A Film Fest Affair.”)

The Hotel Modern and Bellocq present the “I Love Louisiana Day Party” Sunday, October 14, 9:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Bellocq at The Hotel Modern (936 St. Charles Avenue)
As Opening Weekend comes to a close, celebrate “I Love Louisiana Day” in style at Bellocq at The Hotel Modern. A bar full of old-world charm, Bellocq is home to New Orleans’ “craft cocktail movement” (just ask The New York Times). Nosh on delectable French-Vietnamese hors d’ouevres from Chef Dominique Macquet’s Tamarind. Let’s give a proper New Orleans send-off to visiting filmmakers, jurors, the NOLAbound crew and more!
Sponsored by The Hotel Modern, Bellocq and Tamarind

keeping{SCORE} Screening of True Family – Movies to Geaux Outdoor Event at the Old U.S. Mint
Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. (or sundown)
Spend an evening in the Quarter taking in live music and an outdoor screening of the new documentary about Meschiya Lake,True Family (dir. Tao Norager). Come early for a special installation of the People Say Project inside the Old U.S. Mint. The conversation will include Meschiya and Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers and will tackle the topic of music and film. Presented by NOFF, Louisiana State Museum and the Louisiana Museum Foundation.

Bettie Page Reveals All Screening and Reception – Tuesday, October 16
Film Screening at 8:00 p.m. / Reception 9:45 – 10:30 p.m.
VIP Lounge at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street)
Join us for rum and burlesque as the New Orleans Film Festival hosts a post-film reception for the documentary Bettie Page Reveals All. Enjoy a Sailor Jerry Rum cocktail and live Bettie Page-inspired burlesque performance. Don’t miss this soirée to pay homage to the notorious “Queen of Pinups.” Complimentary Drinks provided by Sailor Jerry Rum.

Cine Latino Night – Wednesday, October 17 – Film Screening at 7:45 p.m. / Reception at 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.
VIP Lounge at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street)
Cine Latino shines a spotlight on Cuban cinema this year. Join us for a screening of two narrative films that explore contemporary Cuban life. The short “Reinaldo Arenas” and feature Una Noche both offer subtle and intimate portraits of both life in exile and the experience of those who still call Castro’s Cuba home. Complimentary mar-GO-ritas provided by Cordina.

Closing Night Cocktail Party – Special Installation of NOVAC’s 3RD THURSDAY for NOFF
Thursday, October 18 / 7:00 p.m. at Loa bar (221 Camp Street)
Join NOVAC and NOFS as we celebrate the culmination of our 23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival with a Closing Event Cocktail Party / 3RD THURSDAY at Loa Bar in the International House Hotel. Our guests will enjoy some light-hearted libation, including a signature Sailor Jerry Rum drink crafted by master mixologist, Alan Walters. NOVAC’s 3RD THURSDAYS, are monthly film industry nights designed to connect NOVAC friends and members to other local filmmakers, future collaborators, likeminded artists, potential mentors and maybe even your next gig. Sponsored by Tectus Security.

Open to All-Access Passholders every day 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Lounge may stay open later on the evenings of special NOFF events at the CAC.)
The New Orleans Film Festival VIP Lounge is the ultimate location for All Access Passholders to rest and refuel in between screenings throughout the festival. The Lounge will play host to Gather Round conversations, receptions (listed above) and special happy hours (see below). The VIP Lounge is open only to All-Access Passholders except during film receptions and happy hours. Sponsored by Tectus Security.

Louisiana Film & Video Magazine VIP Happy Hour
Friday, October 12 at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Join the staff of Louisiana Film & Video Magazine as they host a networking event/mixer for members of the local film production community. Come eat, drink, mingle, and celebrate Louisiana film! Don’t miss the introduction of new executive editor Andrew Vogel by associate editor Shanna Forrestall. This event is open to the public, but please RSVP to or 1-800-332-1736.

Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Louisiana Happy Hour
Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Did you know that 10 of the 15 directors in competition at NOFF this year are women? Now that’s something to celebrate! Enjoy a glass of wine with visiting filmmakers, women in film and television and WIFT Board Members at this special Happy Hour in the VIP Lounge. Learn more about upcoming WIFT programs and membership. Open to all women at every level of the industry.

Bubbly + Sprinkles LGBT Meet-Up
Saturday, October 13 at 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Connect with other LGBT filmmakers and film professionals during this special happy hour replete with champagne and cupcakes (with sprinkles, of course). What’s not to love? Take a saccharine break and celebrate OUTakes in the VIP Lounge with us.

CANOPENER: A Reception/Tailgate Party (Following I Love Louisiana Day panel “From Script to Screen”)
Sunday, October 14 at 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Join the Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Invade Nola for some Louisiana treats and a call out of guests. Find out how to work for and with the Louisiana film industry. Special guests will include Will French, Co-Founder and President of Film Production Capital, and Dwight Henry from Beasts of the Southern Wild as well as other industry leaders.