The 25th New Orleans French Film Festival, one of the longest-running foreign language festivals in the country, will showcase excellence in contemporary and classic francophone Cinema between March 11-17, 2022 at the historic Prytania Theatre. All films will be screened with English subtitles. Download the PDF of the festival brochure here.

Festival passes are now on sale! Individual tickets will be available on February 2nd for our members and festival passholders to book and will go on sale for the general public on February 9th.

The 25th New Orleans French Film Festival pays homage to the legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski and his Francophone magnum opus: Trois couleurs (Three Colors Trilogy).

The festival brings 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.

Live music will accompany a curated selection of French-language films and a program of short films. On March 10, a dedicated audience of Francophiles, cinephiles, sponsors, and members of the New Orleans Film Society’s Producer’s Circle, Executive Producer’s Circle, and Director’s Circle will join an invite-only Patron Party.

Would you like to volunteer at the French Film Festival? Learn more and apply here.


In Memoriam: Ellen Johnson

The New Orleans arts community lost a prominent presence last year with the passing of 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, she served as a board member of the New Orleans Film Society and 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.


Watch the French Film Festival 2022 Trailer!
Video by Benjamin Eldon Davis.

TICKETS

The Prytania Screening Tickets –– NOFS Members $12 | General $15
Virtual Cinema Tickets –– NOFS Members $8 | General $10
In-Person + Virtual Combo Ticket –– NOFS Members $15 | General $20
Want to attend a screening and stream at home? Save $5 on both tickets by purchasing a bundle ticket, available on events that screen both ways.

PASSES

New Orleans Film Society’s Scene Stealer and above-level members receive complimentary French Film Festival patron passes. Moviegoer and Take Two members get up to $15 off on passes.

Become a Member Now

View 2022 French Film Festival pass sales.

The complete festival lineup & schedule will be announced here on January 26, 2022.

 

View 2022 French Film Festival film guide.

French Film Festival Premiere Sponsors

French Film Festival Feature Sponsors

French Film Festival Supporting Sponsor

French Film Festival Lead Media Sponsor

French Film Festival Media Partner

CODE OF CONDUCT

Thank you for joining the 25th New Orleans French Film Festival. We invite you to embrace our community guidelines and safety protocols upon entering the festival space:

  • For those gathering physically, acknowledge that we are gathering in “New Orleans,” which occupies an Indigenous space known as “Bulbancha,” a Choctaw word meaning “the Place of Other Languages”
  • Center and respect the neighbors, communities, and histories of and around this space
  • Keep equity and inclusivity in focus and be respectful of people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, physical appearance, or body size, language spoken, and immigration or economic status
  • Protect the health of one another amidst an ongoing global pandemic
  • Stay curious and listen deeply, rather than just wait for your turn to speak
  • Be mindful of how we share power, earn trust, and all that we bring into the room
  • Be aware that drinking alcohol can be triggering to some people. We encourage responsible and mindful drinking.
  • Be considerate of the work of artists by refraining from phishing and pirating the work of filmmakers

We will not tolerate:

  • Racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sexism, body shaming, or any form of discriminatory language or hate speech
  • Violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • White supremacist speech or actions
  • Interrupting a screening or festival event
  • Aggressive or threatening behavior towards artists, audience members, festival staff, and volunteers
  • Non-cooperation with festival staff or volunteers

The New Orleans Film Society strives to provide inclusive and accessible festival spaces and gatherings, clearly noting barriers to accessibility when present and seeking feedback for how we can improve.

If you witness or experience a violation of these guidelines, you are encouraged to report it either anonymously or with attribution. For anonymous reporting or feedback, please fill out this form linked in each ticket confirmation email. Or send us an email at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org for reporting with attribution.

By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their 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. Images, photos, and/or videos may be used to promote similar NOFS events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of NOFS.

Our code of conduct was influenced by organizations like BlackStar Film Festival, Capacity Interactive, Creative Time, Perspective Fund, and Sundance Film Festival.

COVID Safety

NOFS cares about the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers, artists, and audience members. Below precautions will be taken during the New Orleans Film Festival for the safety of our community:

  1. NOFS will monitor City of New Orleans COVID Restrictions and CDC public health guidelines; any changes to our practices and protocols will be communicated on our website and by email to ticket and passholders.
  2. Guests will need to show a vaccination card or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event date.
    • Proof of vaccine includes LA Wallet APP SMART Health Card, an original, digital photograph or photocopy of CDC Vaccination card (both sides), or official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the WHO.
    • For local resources, including vaccination and testing sites, click here.
  3. Masks will be required for all members of the public, staff, and volunteers regardless of vaccination status, and will be provided if needed.
  4. Transactions will be contactless (cash or check payments won’t be accepted), only credit and debit cards, as well as Apple and Google Pay.
  5. NOFS retains the right to decline entry into a film screening or event, without a refund, for anyone who refuses to comply with these safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.
  6. Sanitizing stations will be present throughout festival grounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

This year FFF will be a hybrid festival featuring virtual and in-person programming from March 11-17, 2022. Festival attendees are invited to participate in our Virtual Cinema, indoor venue, or all, as merited by their pass level or ticket type. Participants will have the opportunity to experience some pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As and contextualizing introductions by our programming team.

The Prytania Theatre

5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.

See map here.

Masks are required to enter screenings. Physical distancing will be maintained for lines and seating. Extra masks and hand sanitizers will be available. 

Due to concerns of the coronavirus, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, the City of New Orleans requires contact information for individuals attending large gatherings. No tickets can be purchased for any screening without providing your full name and contact details. Please show up early to allow additional time to purchase your tickets at the box office. 

Guests will need to show a vaccination card or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event date. This may include: 

  1. Proof of vaccine includes: LA Wallet APP SMART Health Card, a digital photograph or hardcopy photo of a CDC Vaccination card (both sides) or an official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the WHO.
  2. For local resources, including vaccination and testing sites, click here

Tickets will be limited and sold/reserved in advance. 

Please 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.

Passes and tickets are available for purchase on neworleansfilmsociety.org in advance of FFF. Please see this page for prices, release dates, and descriptions. 

We highly encourage individual ticket purchases to be made in advance; our physical screenings have limited capacity, and some Virtual Cinema screenings may have view capacity limitations. 

Tickets are available online up until each physical screening begins. At that time, they will be available at the onsite Box Office, at the venue entrance for passholders, or in the Rush Line.

Passholders don’t have to book tickets in advance anymore. Instead, they can show the QR code printed on their pass at the door. There will be a pull of seats available reserved for passholders at all screenings. Passholders can still book in advance if they choose to.

There will be no physical tickets provided this year; simply show the ticket on your mobile device (our preference), or bring your personally printed copy to be scanned at entry.

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 ticket, and you paid for it, it can be transferred through Eventive to a friend using their email. If you booked a ticket against your All Access and don’t intend to use it, please cancel the ticket in advance, so that someone else may get a seat. 

If you can not attend events that you have purchased tickets or passes for, please consider your purchase as a donation to the New Orleans Film Society; your support means the world to us. 

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

Yes. All customer payment info 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.

Physically distant 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.

If you purchased the pass, yes, you may transfer it to a friend. 

Instructions for guests to transfer a pass: 

Step 1 – Log in to fff2022.eventive.org

Step 2 – Select My passes from the top right menu. 

Step 3: Click the gear to the right of SHOW BARCODE.

Step 4: Select Transfer Pass.

Step 5: Enter the email of the person receiving the pass.

At this time, the recipient will get an email prompting them to accept the pass.

Step 1: Click the link in the email. 

Step 2: Accept the pass transfer.

Follow the same instructions using “My Tickets” for individual screening tickets.

Customer Service Availability

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

Available Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm

Available March 11-17 from 10am-7pm

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 anytime members@neworleansfilmsociety.org.

Physical Pass Pick Up is available for all Passholders at The Prytania Theatre.

25th Anniversary Passes will be ready for pick up at the Patron Party and then will be moved to the Prytania Theatre.

Virtual pass types do not require a physical pass.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Virtual version of FFF will be available online with the purchase of the 25th Anniversary Pass or the Regular Pass. Individual tickets for each virtual screening as well as a Virtual Only pass will also be available closer to the festival.

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 7th at 7pm. The Virtual Cinema ends on March 17th at midnight. Films unlocked on the 17th 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. 

Due to the fact that only a portion of all films playing online offer accessible features, we offer 50% off passes for those unable to access all the films in the Virtual Cinema to compensate for this limitation. Please call (504) 309-6633 or email info@neworleansfilmsociety.org to receive a discount code to buy the pass. 

English subtitles:

All foreign-language films at the Festival are screened in their original language and English subtitles will be provided. 

Personal accessibility devices (Dolby Captiview and Fidelio wireless audio systems) will be available free of charge on-site at the Prytania Theatre. To check out a device, please see any door usher prior to finding your seat. They will connect you with our Technical staff who will walk you through the device usage. A photo ID will be required to check out any device which will be held and returned to you following the equipment return. All devices will be cleaned and handled according to strict, recognized protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.  

French Film Festival is happy to provide American Sign Language interpreters at no charge for anybody who requests in advance. Please contact NOFS at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org or call at 504-309-6633.

Venues with Closed Captioning:

The venue is equipped with Closed Captioning devices. 

Venues with Assisted Listening:

The Prytania Theatre is equipped with Assisted Listening capabilities. 

For the films providing these services, we feature Dolby Fidelio wireless audio systems that deliver both Hearing Impaired (HI) for hard-of-hearing patrons, and Visually Impaired Narration (VI) for visually impaired patrons.

Wheelchair accessibility:

The Prytania Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Companion Tickets for Accessibility Needs:

​​We are pleased to offer 50% off companion tickets for those assisting other patrons with accessibility needs at in-person screenings. 

Please call 504-309-6633 or email: info@neworleansfilmsociety.org your name and the guest you’ll be assisting and you will receive a discount code to book tickets or passes online. 

Should you need personal assistance, please contact us in advance of the festival via email or phone, or at the venue box office on site. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE 

We are available during regular business hours 10am – 6pm CST Monday-Friday. You can contact us in different ways:

  • Chat with us by clicking the teal “Contact Us” envelope icon in the bottom right corner of our website,
  • Email us at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org
  • Call us at (504) 309-6633.

During the days of the in-person screenings (March 11 – 17) we will be available every day from 10am – 7pm CST.