October 12-20, 2016
October 12-20, 2016
New Orleans Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Festival, now in its 27th year, is an Oscar-qualifying event that has been called the “top-growing festival” by Forbes and listed as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine for five years running. The festival’s growing reputation is built upon a commitment to discovering new voices with more than 90% of the lineup coming directly from submissions. The festival is also committed to spotlighting work by a diversity of filmmaking voices and works to create a lineup that is inclusive and representative of many different types of stories.
MovieMaker Magazine praises NOFF as, “particularly adept at discovering films that have been overlooked elsewhere.” Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrancy, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world’s most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that’s hard to beat. Last year’s festival screened 200 films over the course of nine days and reached over 20,000 attendees. For the past several years, the festival has played host to over 350 filmmakers to show their work, prompting RogerEbert.com to call it “a community of film lovers event [that is] not about networking but sharing.” USA Today also said that NOFF is “more fun than festivals in other towns…The parties are better, the events are zippier, the content is moving and alive.”
The festival works hard to offer guests countless opportunities to connect with the industry presence at the fest, facilitating meetings with distributors like The Weinstein Company, Paramount, Array, FilmBuff, and The Orchard; as well as funders, broadcasters, and other film organizations like Cinereach, Kickstarter, the National Black Programming Consortium, ITVS, Seed&Spark, and the International Documentary Association. Attending filmmakers and cinema fans enjoy a unique camaraderie in a city that has an international reputation for knowing how to have a good time.
Festival guests often reference the camaraderie among attendees, something that the festival nourishes through receptions, parties, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and opportunities to interact with local audiences. NOFF is dedicated to nurturing new voices and making filmmakers feel like they’ve found a second home in New Orleans. Last year’s festival doled out over $120,000 USD in cash and prizes to filmmakers. Some of the prizes included Panavision camera packages, Kodak film stock, Digital FX post-production services, Cineverse camera packages, and cash prizes from the New Orleans Film Society.