Individual tickets will be available to book for New Orleans Film Society members and #NOFF2021 passholders on October 19th at noon and for the general public on October 26th at noon. Click here to buy a pass and click here to see membership benefits.

The competition lineup is now out! After receiving over 3000 submissions from 104 countries for the 32nd anniversary of the festival, our seasoned team of programmers selected a slate of 170 films in competition that represent a wealth of perspectives. Overall, films directed by women and gender non-conforming directors account for 64% of the lineup, and films helmed by directors of color make up 73% of the lineup, with 36% of films coming from Black directors. Films made in the American South represent 60%, and Louisiana-made films represent 22% of the lineup and the directors of selected films represent 24 different nationalities. Additionally, the lineup boasts 28 world premieres and 11 US premieres.

More programming, including Spotlight Films and Filmmaker Conference, will be announced in the following weeks.  The in-person screening schedule will be live here on October 15.

View 2021 New Orleans Film Festival film guide.

NOFF2021 Filmmaker Conference Lineup and Schedule will be announced here on October 21, 2021.


The 2020 New Orleans Film Festival hosted live panel discussions with filmmakers, industry professionals, critics, and grantors from all around the South and the world. Most panels are now available to watch for free on our YouTube channel on this playlist. We hope you enjoy and take benefit from watching these recordings.