All Access French Film Festival passes are now on sale!

Stay tuned for programming information about the 26th New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country, happening March 9-13, 2023!

Interested in sponsoring the 26th New Orleans French Film Festival this March 9-13, 2023? Email katherine@neworleansfilmsociety.org.


Read about the 25th New Orleans French Film Festival!

The 25th New Orleans French Film Festival showcased excellence in contemporary and classic francophone Cinema between March 11-17, 2022 at the historic Prytania Theatre. Download a PDF of the festival brochure here.

The 25th festival paid homage to the legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski and his Francophone magnum opus: Trois couleurs (Three Colors Trilogy), and brought together 16 narrative and 3 documentary features alongside 4 short films, all French-language with English subtitles, from Belgium, Canada, Chad, France, French Guiana, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, and the USA.

 

We also honored Ellen Jester Johnson. A staunch supporter of film, Ellen served as the public relations manager for the New Orleans Film Festival in the early years of the organization–– and later, as a board member of the New Orleans Film Society. She was named Board President in 2007.

Particularly fond of independent cinema and fashion documentaries, Ellen believed sitting in a dark theater watching a good movie was a potion that could cure almost anything. She was a regular fixture at both the New Orleans Film Festival and the French Film Festival, and we proudly dedicate the 2022 New Orleans French Film Festival to her memory.

 

 

 

 

There’s still time to become a New Orleans Film Society member and SAVE!

At the level of:

  • Director’s Circle receive four All Access Passes
  • Scene Stealer, Producer’s Circle and Executive Producer’s Circle receive two All Access Passes
  • Moviegoer and Take Two enjoy great discounts on passes, tickets, and merchandise!

Not a NOFS member? Sign up today and start saving!

 

TICKETS

In-Person Screening Ticket –– NOFS Members $13 | General $16

Virtual Cinema Screening Ticket –– NOFS Members $9 | General $11

 

PASSES

Purchase using the buy links and read on for more details.

View 2023 French Film Festival pass sales.

 

All Access Pass

NOFS Members $80 I General $95

  • Admission to all in-person screenings with priority access to the theater March 9-13
  • Admission to all Virtual Cinema screenings March 9-13
  • Invitation to the Festival Patron Party (details to come)
  • Festival program brochure mailed to your address if purchased before February 14 (please make sure to include your address in your Eventive account)

For your convenience, All Access pass holders will no longer book in-person tickets in advance. Each pass will include a QR code to scan for priority entry. Please plan to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the screening, as any open seats will be released at that time.

You can pick up your All Access Pass at the FFF Box Office on site during the following dates: 

March 9-11 | Prytania Theatre

March 12-13 | Prytania Theatres at Canal Place

The FFF Box Office will open 1 hour before the first screening of the day and close 30 minutes after the last one begins.

Pass Pick Up will also be available at the Festival Patron Party, date + time TBD.

 

Virtual Cinema Pass

Pricing information coming soon!

  • Admission to all Virtual Cinema screenings March 9-13*

* Geo-restrictions may apply, and some films will not screen in the Virtual Cinema at the request of the filmmaker.

 

Student + Teacher Pass

General $35

  • Admission to all in-person screenings March 9-13 
  • Admission to all Virtual Cinema screenings March 9-13

Please email a copy of your valid student or teacher ID to info@neworleansfilmsociety.org to receive a code to purchase your pass.

 

View 2023 French Film Festival pass sales.

The complete 2023 French Film Festival lineup and schedule will be announced on February 9, 2023.

Please note that some films play only in-person and will not be available in the Virtual Cinema. Screening information will be available on individual film pages.

View the 2023 French Film Festival film guide.

The 2023 French Film Festival will take place at the Prytania Theatre and the Prytania Theatres at Canal Place. Read below for information about both venues.


THE PRYTANIA THEATRE

LOCATION & PARKING

The Prytania Theatre is located in the Uptown neighborhood at 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans.

Street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. There is street bicycle parking throughout the neighborhood. (Bikes are not permitted in the venue.)

FACILITIES

Please note: The Prytania Theatre is a historic theater that may present challenges to festival attendees using mobility devices. We apologize for these challenges and will have trained staff available for assistance.

The entrance to the Prytania Theatre is partially covered. There are two steps to the front door with two 60-inch doorways and pull door handles. Inside, there are multiple steps up and down to arrive at the theater doors with 36-inch doorways and pull door handles. Trained festival staff can escort attendees through an alternative entrance with a level approach to a theater door with a 40-inch doorway and pull door handles.

The theater seating is in two sections: a sloping floor section and a balcony, accessible by a lobby staircase with 18 steps. There are at least two accessible seating options in the floor section. These options have a slightly ramped approach and 48-inch width and 48-inch depth. There are companion seats adjacent to these accessible seats.

The permanent chairs are 18 inches wide. The back extends 24 inches from the seat which sits 15 inches from the ground. The armrests are stationary. Alternative chairs without armrests are available upon request.

RESTROOMS

There are two public restrooms with 30.5-inch wide doors which do not meet ADA requirements. One has urinals and stalls, and the other only stalls. There are no private restrooms available.

AMENITIES

The Prytania Theatre sells concessions (including alcoholic beverages) available for festival attendees to purchase.

ACCESSIBILITY

Depending on the program, closed captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available by request (with a photo ID). Films with closed captions will be noted in the online Film Guide.

Please click here for more information about Festival accessibility or request accommodation by emailing info@neworleansfilmsociety.org.


THE PRYTANIA THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE

LOCATION & PARKING

The Prytania Theatres at Canal Place are located in the French Quarter at 333 Canal St 3rd Floor, New Orleans, in the Canal Place Shopping Center.

Discounted parking is available with a French Film Festival ticket or pass: $4 for 4 hours in the Premium Parking P400 (Canal Place Garage).

FFF ticket + pass holders parking in the P400 garage should not use the premium app or machine in the parking structure but should go directly to the Prytania Theatres with their license plate number and pay at the concession stand before the film. This must be done on arrival and is only valid for the P400 garage.

There is street bicycle parking in the area around the Canal Place building. (Bikes are not permitted in the venue.)

 

FACILITIES

The Canal Place shopping center is accessible to Festival attendees through multiple entrances on Canal Street, Iberville Street and through the P400 Parking Garage. There are both elevators and escalators to the third floor. The building entrances and the Theatres have ramps for those using mobility devices.

All Canal Place auditoriums have designated ADA seating, including multiple spaces for mobility devices and seats next to them.

RESTROOMS

There are two public restrooms on each side of the Theatres. One has urinals and stalls, and the other only stalls. There are no private restrooms available within the Theatres but are available to patrons in the Canal Place food court on the same floor.

AMENITIES

The Prytania Theatres at Canal Place sell concessions (including alcoholic beverages) available for festival attendees to purchase.

ACCESSIBILITY

Depending on the program, closed captioning and Assistive Listening Devices will be available by request (with a photo ID).

Please click here for more information about Festival accessibility or request accommodation by emailing info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

Interested in sponsoring the 26th New Orleans French Film Festival this March 9-13, 2023?

Email katherine@neworleansfilmsociety.org.


THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS + PARTNERS!

 

Premiere Sponsors

Feature Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Lead Media Sponsors

Media Partners

We appreciate your interest in joining our volunteer team for the 2023 French Film Festival taking place from Thursday, March 9, through Monday, March 13, at both the Prytania Theatre’s Uptown and downtown locations.

This festival would not happen without the dedication and hard work of each and every volunteer. Thank you!

Click here to sign up. We will reach out to confirm you volunteer spot and provide you with details and a specific schedule.

Please note: In order to maintain a safe environment and provide an in-person festival experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, we require all staff and volunteers to be vaccinated and strongly encourage up to date booster shots. Thank you for understanding.

CONTACT
If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at volunteer@neworleansfilmsociety.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Venue Volunteers
-This position requires excellent customer service skills and knowledge of the festival
-Scan patron’s tickets at the entrance to the Theater, monitor and track attendance, plus line management
-Checking sound levels and visual quality from inside the theater
-Keep venues clean and looking great
-Other venue operations duties as needed

Patron Party Volunteers
-Help with the setup and break down of the patron party (may require heavy lifting)
– Check passes as patrons enter
– Serve food and beverages, keeping areas stocked and organized
– Keep party space clean and looking great
– Other duties as needed

BENEFITS

Virtual + In-Person Film Vouchers
o Choice of (1) awarded after each shift.

Vintage Merchandise
o Choice of (1) awarded after 12 volunteer hours

NOFS Membership
o Moviegoer Membership awarded after 20+ volunteer hours *if you’ve volunteered with us at NOFF 2021, you can combine these hours!*

CODE OF CONDUCT

Please join us in embracing our community guidelines at all Festival events by:

  • Acknowledging with gratitude the land we occupy as the colonized Indigenous space known first as Bulbancha
  • Sustaining authentic relationships with our neighbors, especially the Afro-descendent communities that continually shape New Orleans
  • Including people equitably of every race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, physical appearance, language, citizenship, and socioeconomic status
  • Protecting each other’s health amidst an ongoing global pandemic
  • Treating others with dignity and respect, especially Festival volunteers and staff implementing Festival policies and procedures
  • Enjoying alcohol and other refreshments responsibly and mindfully

We will not permit:

  • Disruptive behavior of any kind that interferes with Festival events
  • Use of personal electronics during Festival screenings, especially cell phones and unauthorized recording devices
  • Non-compliance with the direction of Festival staff and volunteers regarding Festival policies and procedures
  • Verbal or physical harassment, including abusive language and gestures, threats, cursing, or sexual language directed at others
  • Any form of discrimination or harassment, including, but not limited to, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism, or body shaming
  • Using firearms or other dangerous weapons in Festival spaces to intimidate or harm volunteers, staff, or attendees

By purchasing a ticket or entering Festival event spaces, you agree to join us in this Code of Conduct. If you are found to be in violation of these agreements, you may be removed from events by a designated staff member. If you witness or experience a violation of these agreements, we encourage you to report the incident anonymously via this form or by email at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org.

By entering Festival event spaces, you consent to photography and recording (audio and video) and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by NOFS and its affiliates and representatives.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This year FFF will feature in-person and virtual programming from March 9-13, 2023.

For in-person screenings, please plan to arrive in time to be in your seat 15 minutes prior to showtime, or else your seat will be released. We will not issue refunds to ticket holders who arrive later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the film.

The 2023 French Film Festival will take place at the Prytania Theater and the Prytania Theatres at Canal Place.  See the Venue tab for more information

Use the Passes + Tickets tab above to purchase in advance of the festival. 

Passholders do not need to book tickets in advance. Passholders will show the QR code printed on their physical pass for entry into the theater.

We highly encourage individual ticket purchases to be made in advance as our physical screenings have limited capacity, and some Virtual Cinema screenings may have view capacity limitations. Physical tickets will not be provided. Simply show the ticket on your mobile device (our preference) or bring your personally printed copy to be scanned at entry.

Tickets are available online up until each physical screening begins. After that time, tickets will be available at the onsite Box Office, at the venue entrance, by joining the Rush Line.

The Box Office will open one hour prior to the first screening and close one hour after the beginning of the last screening of the day. For the safety of our staff and guests, cash and checks will not be accepted. Please be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card, or Apple/Google Pay via smartphone.

If you are not going to use your purchased ticket, you can transfer it to a friend through Eventive using the email used for purchase.

If you can no longer attend and have purchased a pass or tickets, please consider your purchase a donation to the New Orleans Film Society. Your support means the world to us and helps us continue our year-round programs.

Passes and tickets are otherwise non-refundable. All sales are final.

YES! All customer payment information is submitted securely to our payment processor, Stripe, using the most stringent, PCI Level 1 compliant security protocols.  Eventive stores customer credit card details securely, and the festival staff does not have access to your credit card information. You may request that your payment information be unlinked from your account by choosing the “account settings” link at the upper right while logged in and viewing the New Orleans Film Society organization page.

Rush Lines will form in a designated location at the venue half an hour before the scheduled screening. Any available seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line. All Access Passholders will receive priority seating for the Rush Line.

YES! If you purchased the pass or ticket, you may transfer it to a friend using the email you used for purchase and logging into fff2023.eventive.org.

Transferring a pass or ticket:

Step 1 – Select My Passes or My Tickets from the top right menu. 

Step2: Click the gear to the right of SHOW BARCODE for the pass or ticket you wish to transfer.

Step 3: Select Transfer Pass or Transfer Ticket.

Step 4: Enter the email of the person you will be transferring the pass or ticket to.

At this time, the recipient will get an email prompting them to accept the pass or ticket. They will need to click the link in the email and accept the pass or ticket to complete the transfer.

Customer Service Availability

If you need assistance before the festival we are available via phone at 504-309-6633. 

Available Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 6 PM

Available March 9-13 from 10 AM -7 PM

You can also use the Chatbox on our website (bottom right corner) to reach us.

If you need help after these hours, please email info@neworleansfilmsociety.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Members can email members@neworleansfilmsociety.org anytime!

FFF will follow all current CDC recommendations and City of New Orleans guidelines as they relate to the Coronavirus. We encourage all those entering festival events spaces to have COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots. Masks and hand sanitizers will be available.

We ask that you respect other guests by not attending screenings or events if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can purchase individual tickets or an All Access Pass to attend the FFF Virtual Cinema. 

You can connect your computer to your TV or another external monitor via HDMI cable.

Due to content protection restrictions, the Screen Mirroring feature on Smart TVs and other devices cannot be used. Many browsers built into Smart TVs and other devices will NOT allow protected content to play.

If you have an Apple TV, Fire TV or Roku device, you can use the dedicated Eventive apps for these platforms after booking your ticket online. If you have a Chromecast, you can cast to it from Chrome on your computer or Android phone. If Chromecasting, must have 3rd generation or later Chromecast stick.

Important note: Due to content protection restrictions, the Screen Mirroring feature cannot be used. Additionally, HDMI or other video dongles cannot be connected to your device. Instead, use AirPlay or our dedicated TV app to watch on your TV.

To Chromecast from a mobile Android device:

Make sure your mobile phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device. Tap the “Cast” icon in the lower right hand corner of the player. If no icon appears, this means casting is not supported on your device.

To Chromecast from computer:

Open the content in the Google Chrome browser. Click the “Cast” icon in the lower right hand corner of the player. If no icon appears, this means casting is not supported on your device.

To check the compatibility of your device, please click here.

Please click here for troubleshooting more detailed tech questions.

Content can be watched on PCs running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, and Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+. You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.

Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera. We recommend using the latest version of your browser. Internet Explorer is not supported.

To watch on an iPhone or iPad, use Safari on iOS 11.2 or later.

To watch using an Android device, use Chrome on Android 6.0 or later.

Please click here for troubleshooting more detailed tech questions.

To purchase and or use tickets and/or passes, you will be required to create an account in Eventive. You will need to log in to this account to access your tickets and passes, so hold on this information! Tickets will be sent to the email address attached to your account.

When you purchase a ticket you will also receive a confirmation email that includes information about when your selected program will be available for viewing and a link to open it up. Click the “Watch Now” button or visit your festival page and click on the original listing for the program. 

If you’ve already ordered a ticket with your logged in account, you will have the option to “Watch Now” from the virtual screening page. If you are not logged in the button will read “Unlock Now”. Simply log-in using the pop-out or the button in the top right corner of the page and proceed to Menu.

UNLOCK WINDOW: 7 days
WATCH WINDOW: 48 hours

When you unlock a virtual screening, you will have the “unlock window” duration to begin watching. Once they start watching (i.e., click “Play”), you will have the “watch window” duration to play the content. 

All feature length films and shorts programs will be available to watch anytime from March 9th at 7pm through midnight on March 13th . Films unlocked on the 13th will still be granted a 48 hour watch period.

Selected films, Q&As and other programming will all include closed captions. All live events will have the automated closed caption feature turned on. 

PASS – Think of it as a virtual badge. You will use it to unlock virtual programs before and during the festival.  

LIVE STREAM PROGRAM – For our purposes, a Live Stream event will include those that happen at a specific time and occur live (Q&A, Panel Discussions, Round Tables) and/or are the recorded versions of live events that occurred earlier in the festival. 

GEO-BLOCK – On rare occasions, the festival will be asked to limit the audience of a given program to a specific geographic area. Should a program be geo-blocked, it will be noted in the home page for the presentation and will also be found on the watch page of the virtual festival in the Geo-Blocked section.

AVAILABILITY WINDOW – This is the time frame during which a program is available.

UNLOCK WINDOW – This is the time frame one has after unlocking a program to begin watching it.

WATCH WINDOW – Once a program is unlocked, the watch window is the amount of time one has to view the program.

All scheduled program times are listed in Central Standard Time.

Live Chat Support from Eventive and additional technical troubleshooting resources are available through Eventive by clicking “Need Help?” in the top right corner of your browser window. Or by visiting https://watch.eventive.org/help. This feature is monitored by Eventive technicians and available 9am-11:59pm CST 7 days a week, with limited support outside these hours as well. If you need to reach a member of the NOFS team, please see Customer Service Availability. 

HOW DO I ENABLE ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS? 

  1. Hover the cursor over the video you are currently watching to make the video controls visible.
  2. On the bottom right, click on the sprocket icon.
  3. Click on the subtitles button and select English to enable on-screen captions. Click on Audio Track and select Audio Description to enable Audio Descriptions.

Note: If a film is in a language other than English and has subtitles burned into the image, you do not have to enable subtitles or captions. 

We are aiming to have every film supported with captions and encouraging filmmakers to create audio descriptions.

INTERNET SPEEDS

For any device, you will need a robust and reliable internet connection. Check your internet speed by running a speed test. The minimum recommended bandwidth for streaming is 5 Mbps download speed. For 1080p quality we recommend a minimum of 8 Mbps download speed. 

The French Film Festival is dedicated to equitable access to our programming. 

LANGUAGE OPTIONS

All foreign-language films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles.

The festival can arrange for American Sign Language interpreters by request at no cost to festival attendees. We ask that you please make this request at least two weeks in advance of the screening.

CAPTIONING & AMPLIFICATION

Assistive Listening Devices, which amplify program sound through headphones or hearing aids, are available by request (with a photo ID) at both Prytania Theatre venues.

Some programs are equipped with Descriptive Audio Tracks that provide narration through Assistive Listening Devices.

PHYSICAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Both Prytania Theatre locations are accessible to attendees using mobility devices and accessible (ADA) seating is available. Please visit the Venues tab for location specific information.

Working service animals, such as guide dogs, are welcome to accompany festival attendees. We are unable to accommodate pets or emotional support animals.

QUESTIONS & REQUESTS

To request accommodation for specific festival events, including discounted companion tickets, please email us at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org.

For more information about particular programs, feedback about ways we can improve our offerings, or questions about services not described, please email info@neworleansfilmsociety.org.

 

 

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE 

Have questions? Our team is available from 10 AM – 6 PM CST Monday through Friday via:

  • Live chat by clicking the teal “Contact Us” envelope icon in the bottom right corner of our website
  • Email at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org 
  • Phone at (504) 309-6633