Admission to panels are free and open to the public. All panels will take place at Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Ave.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS FOR SUPPORTING FILMMAKER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


 

When you hit SEND on your festival submission, where does it go? In this session, the hard-working folks on the other end of the screen, programmers from festivals near and far, talk shop.

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In the 15 years since it started as an informal survey of development execs, The Black List has evolved from taking Hollywood’s temperature to feeding it some strong medicine, throwing light on hundreds of vital scripts that might otherwise have been passed over. Come in for an off-the-cuff chat with emerging screenwriters’ biggest cheerleader.

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There’s always been a wide strip of overlap between the film and video art that museums acquire and the movies that play at a theater near you. Tune in as a distinguished and diverse group of artists, each working in that crossover, address the ongoing feedback loop between art films and film-art.

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In a world where art doesn’t always pay, it’s good to know that there are non-profit funders stepping into the breach to make sure vital work still gets made. We sit down with five organizations working across the spectrum of cinema and beyond to support worthy projects and discover new voices.

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The idea that films can change the world is hardly a new one, but the specialized role of the impact producer, who works to help films achieve their goal of driving social change, is still relatively recent. Come hear experts in the field talk about lessons learned so far.

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Virtual Reality has come a long way from a 90s oddity to an Aughts novelty to an established artform. Our panelists, who are supporting and creating work in VR, will map the challenges and potential of a medium that’s officially past its infancy.

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This year, NOFF’s first-ever Music Initiative will connect visiting film-music professionals with artists working in our city’s world-renowned music scene. In this public talk, participating music supervisors give a beginner’s guide to their crucial work at the crossroads of music and movies.

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It’s no secret that a fascinating subject is the heart of a great doc, but it’s style that bridges the gap from the informative to the soul-stirring. We sit down with doc-makers at the cutting edge for a look at their aesthetic inspirations and their process.

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When an independent documentary hits the airwaves on the nation’s public broadcasting channels, it’s the last stage of a years-long journey, supported by undersung groups working with filmmakers at all stages of production. Hear from the people dedicated to shepherding great docs onto the small screen and find out about resources that might help your own project.

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It’s no secret that great films and series begin with a blank page or a white screen. Two seasoned pros sit down for a candid chat about the twists and turns of the writing life.

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Our yearly update on Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit, the long-term vision for the program, and what it means for productions big and small in Louisiana.  

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Finally have the budget for a set of sweet prime lenses or a real-deal color session? What should you know before you sign that invoice? Here’s your chance to talk tech with one of the most respected names in motion picture equipment.

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An in-depth seminar designed to answer filmmakers’ and musicians’ toughest questions about music for film and empower them to make smart choices regarding music for their projects. Also a great resource for musicians and composers interested in learning more about film scoring.

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Learn how to hire professional actors for your independent film! Join SAGindie for a simplification of the process of signing SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements from start to finish.  

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Roundtables are open to Filmmaker Pass holders only. All roundtables will take place in the Conference Room at the New Orleans Advocate, 2nd Floor.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS FOR SUPPORTING FILMMAKER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


 

This screenwriting workshop will be led by Reggie Williams and Lande Yoosuf of Black Film Space and is designed to offer honest, constructive feedback on a screenplay in a supportive group space. You do not need to submit a script to attend. All experience levels are welcome.

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When’s the right time to start thinking about your final post-mix? If your answer was anything but RIGHT NOW, you’ll want to hear this talk on how to stop sound disasters before they start.

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Join Reggie Williams from Black Film Space for an in-depth conversation with celebrated director Gerard McMurray. A New Orleans native, McMurray is a producer and director, known for films like Burning Sands, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, and The First Purge, distributed by Universal Pictures in 2018.

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Special events are free and open to the public.


 

Fat women in American film and television are historically invisible. When they are present, they appear as villains, funny sidekicks that act as a foil to a pretty main character, or as objects of pity (often played by thin actresses in fat suits). Only recently have self-actualized representations of fatness graced our screens. Even still, they are few and far between. This lecture uses existing fat studies scholarship to categorize representations of fatness in American film and television and examines their sexist and racist messaging. 

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Cinema Reset will interrupt its regular programming for a guest-curated screening by traveling microcinema NO EVIL EYE, presenting their inaugural film program SEQUENCE 01, which explores the theme of diasporic reckoning through landscapes, legacy, and memory.

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A person talking during a film can be the most annoying thing imaginable —unless that person is the director. Join Vimeo curator Ina Pira as she screens recent films from NOFF alumni with live, unscripted commentary. Founded in 2008, Vimeo Staff Picks has emerged as one of the preeminent channels for online video and one of the most coveted awards for filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of many celebrated directors. Hear from the next generation of storytellers in a format that’s sure to be eclectic and insightful.

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They said we were crazy for trying it in the first place, but this year NOFF brings our potent mix of heady film-talk and forced caffeination back for its sophomore slump! Filmmakers take turns arguing which film is scientifically the World’s Greatest Underrated Film, while facing down jeers, boos, and obligatory shots of espresso as punishment for using hack-critic clichés. Out of this caffeinated torture-test a winner will be crowned, to walk away with a fabulous and awkwardly bulky prize! Come jump on the dogpile and find out who gets the goods and who gets left with the jitters!

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All pitches are free and open to the public. Spanning all genres of narrative-based projects, the South Pitch Narrative Film program is open to narrative shorts, narrative features, and web-based pitches. The winner, based on a three-minute pitch, receives an in-kind post-production package valued at $40,000 from the New Orleans-based KyotoColor, in addition to Final Draft 10 and a Vimeo Pro account.

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For the third year, Tribeca Film Institute is presenting a documentary short pitch competition under the banner of the IF/Then Documentary Short Film Program. This year’s theme of “Inclusive Economies” is open to diverse filmmakers from the American South, and the pitch calls for original stand-alone short documentaries (10-20 minutes) that explore themes of economic inclusion and resilience through a regional and place-based lens.

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