The 31st annual New Orleans Film Festival will span three weeks this year between November 6-22, showcasing 160+ films virtually on our streaming channel + open-air screenings of a selection of films from the program on two outdoor screens at the Lafitte Greenway between November 6-16. Open-air screenings will be limited to 50 people per screening in accordance with the City of New Orleans’ safety regulations.

Film submissions for #NOFF2020 have closed on June 30th.
The lineup will be announced on October 1st and members and pass-holders can begin booking October 5th, two weeks before tickets become available for the general public on October 20th. Passes are now on sale, see more info on the Passes and Tickets tab to the left.

Like everything else, this year the festival will look different in many ways, however, we remain dedicated to bringing audiences the quality curation and experiences that New Orleans has become known for, and offering participating filmmakers opportunities that are meaningful to their professional development and career pathways.

Most of the festival be presented virtually, as will the conference-style elements that we produce in order to support the careers of our exhibiting filmmakers— filmmakers can expect the same number of industry panels and curated one-on-one meetings with door-openers, filmmaker roundtables, and deep attention community engagement and community partnerships.

Stay tuned for more details about films and events soon!

Our members get exclusive discounts on all NOFF2020 passes and tickets alongside other year-round benefits. Purchase your membership first and then buy your pass to get your discount automatically applied on your pass. If you are already a member, log in after clicking on of the “Buy Pass” buttons below to get your discount!


All Access Pass

$160 Regular, $130 for NOFS Members

 

  • Access to all outdoor screenings at Lafitte Greenway between November 6-16, 20+ screenings
  • Access to all NOFF Virtual screenings and events between November 6-22, 160+ films
  • Early access to online reservations on October 5, two weeks before they go on sale for the general public
  • Access to a virtual meet-the-programmers event to get film recommendations and insights prior to NOFF2020
  • NOFF2020 highlights mailed to your address if purchased by September 25th (only U.S. addresses)

Virtually Everything Pass

$90 Regular, $70 for NOFS Members

 

  • Access to all NOFF Virtual screenings and events between November 6-22, 160+ films
  • Early access to online reservations on October 5, two weeks before they go on sale for the general public
  • Access to a virtual meet-the-programmers event to get film recommendations and insights prior to NOFF2020

Student & Teacher Virtual Pass

$50

 

 

  • Access to the majority NOFF Virtual screenings and events between November 6-22, 140+ films
  • Early access to online reservations on October 5, two weeks before they go on sale for the general public
  • Access to a virtual meet-the-programmers event to get film recommendations and insights prior to NOFF2020

Please email a copy of your valid Student or Teacher ID to info@neworleansfilmsociety.org to receive a link to book your pass online. 


Tickets

Individual tickets will be available to book for NOFS members and NOFF2020 pass holders on October 5th and for the general public on October 20th.

 

Virtual Screening Tickets: $10 Regular, $8 for NOFS Members

Lafitte Greenway Tickets: $15 Regular, $10 for NOFS Members

How can I attend the 31st annual New Orleans Film Festival in 2020?

This year NOFF will be a hybrid festival featuring virtual and open air programming. It has been extended to 18 days, from November 6-22, 2020. Festival attendees are invited to participate in our Virtual Cinema, Lafitte Greenway Open Air Cinema, or both, as merited by their pass level or ticket type. Participants will have the opportunity to experience pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As and contextualizing introductions by our programming team. 

There will also be free streaming public keynotes, and panel discussions geared at filmmakers and those interested in learning about the craft. Featured filmmakers will have access to additional programming geared at opening doors in their careers. 

We highly encourage advance booking of films against your pass or through ticket purchases; our Open Air Cinema screenings are mostly sized capacity, given the gathering restrictions placed on our city, and some Virtual Cinema screenings may have view capacity limitations. 

Customer Service Availability

If you need assistance before the festival we are available during regular business hours 10am-6pm CST Monday-Friday via phone at 504-309-6633. If you need help after these hours, please email info@neworleansfilmsociety.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you need direct assistance during the festival, we will be available November 6-22 from 11am-7pm CST, daily via phone at 504-309-6633. If you need help after these hours, please email info@neworleansfilmsociety.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lafitte Greenway Open Air Cinema

How do I attend the Lafitte Greenway Open Air Cinema?

The Open Air Cinema comprises two screens on the Lafitte Greenway with socially distant chair seating. The Open Air Cinema will be open to pass and ticket holders who reserve a spot in advance online. Chairs will be set according to social distance guidelines and can be arranged according to group size, or replaced with your own chairs if you choose to bring them.

These tickets will be limited, sold/reserved in advance, and viewing areas will only be accessible to ticket holders. Advance reservations, and arriving in time to be in your seat 15 minutes prior to showtime, are the only way to guarantee seats. 

There will be a box office on-site to book any remaining screening tickets and to assist with booking future screenings. For the safety of our staff and guests, cash and checks will not be accepted at this year’s festival. Please be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card, or Apple/Google Pay via smartphone.

Box office will open one hour prior to the first screening of the day and close one hour after the last movie begins. 

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.

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 or Lafitte Greenway Pass 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. Should an Open Air screening be canceled due to weather conditions, your ticket will be transferred to view the film online at your leisure. 

You must be in your seat 15 minutes prior to showtime, as NOFF will release unclaimed seats to the Rush Line at that time. We will not issue refunds to ticket holders who arrive later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the film. 

What is required to attend the Open Air Cinema?

Masks are required to enter all event spaces, even outdoors. Social distancing will be maintained for lines and seating. Extra masks and hand sanitizers will be available. 

What can I bring?

Chairs, food, drinks, blankets, soft coolers, a picnic. Because there is not much shade, we encourage attendees to bring sunscreen and consider appropriate clothing, such as a sun hat. Please refrain from using umbrellas that could hinder the views of other guests during a screening. Glass is not allowed on site.

How does the Rush Line work?

Physically distant Rush Lines will form in a designated location half an hour before the scheduled screening. Any available seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line. 

NOFF Virtual

How do I attend the NOFF Virtual Cinema?

The Virtual version of NOFF will be available online with the purchase of select passes or tickets. 

Content can be watched on PCs running Windows (Versions 7, 8, and 10) and Intel-based Macs running macOS 10.12+ (Sierra). You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome on Android 6.0 or later, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari on iOS 11.2 or later. 

If you have an Apple TV or Roku device, you can use Eventive TV apps for these platforms. If you have a Chromecast, you can cast to it from Chrome on your computer or Android phone or tablet.

Additionally, you can connect your computer to your TV or another external monitor via HDMI cable. Please see the general troubleshooting selection below for more detailed tech questions. 

How do I buy  Passes and Tickets?

Passes and tickets are available for purchase on neworleansfilmsociety.org in advance. Please see “Passes and Tickets” for prices, release dates, and descriptions. 

What happens once I purchase my pass or individual ticket?

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! 

Is my payment information secure? 

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.

How do I find a film I unlocked or pre-ordered in the NOFF Virtual Cinema? 

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. 

How long do I have to watch?

PURCHASE WINDOW: Oct 5th-Nov 22 for members/passholders and Oct 16-Nov 22 for the general public

AVAILABILITY WINDOW – Nov 6-22 for shorts and from a premiere to Nov 22 per feature, unless specifically restricted per film

UNLOCK WINDOW : 48 hours 

WATCH WINDOW: 24 hours

When customers unlock a virtual screening, they will have the “unlock window” duration to begin watching. Once they start watching (i.e., click “Play”), they will have the “watch window” duration to play the content. – Eventive definition that we should use. 

When can I watch? 

Shorts programs will be available to watch anytime from Nov 6-22, 2020. Features will be rolled out on a daily basis and will be available from the scheduled premiere until NOFF closes Nov 22, 2020, unless specifically restricted per film. Additional special programming like keynotes, awards ceremony, panels, and others will be available to watch at scheduled times and the recordings of it will be posted on our website the next day. 

Can I ask a question during film Q&A’s and panels?

There will be a selected number of live conversations where the audience can interact with guests via the Eventive comment section. The moderator will select questions from there to post the questions to the guests. There will also be special live Q&A events with filmmakers via other channels and the schedule will be announced later.  

How can I redeem my discount code to watch a movie?

In select cases, NOFS distributes discount codes through community partners to provide access to the festival. If you have a code, select the film you want to watch and click “Unlock Now”. It will say Unlock ”Film Title”. Below that it will say “Have a Discount Code.” Click that and input your discount code. The cost will change according to the code. Proceed to sign in to Eventive or create an account, if you do not already have one, and then enjoy the film.

Return and Refund Policy 

Passes and tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final. Should an Open Air screening be canceled, your ticket will be transferred to view the film and related filmmaker Q&A online.

Will there be closed captions available for the NOFF Virtual Cinema?

We will list all films that include closed captions before the tickets go on sale, so you know what films can be selected. We will also create captions for all Q&A’s, filmmaker awards ceremony, keynotes, planes, and other programming. All live events will have the automated closed caption feature turned on.      

NOFF Virtual Cinema Glossary

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.

Key Dates

Festival Passes Go on Early-Bird Sale: September 9, 2020

Early-Bird Sale Ends: September 16, 2020

Festival Lineup Announcement: October 1, 2020

Individual Tickets Go on Sale for NOFS Members and NOFF2020 Passholders: October 5, 2020

Individual Tickets Go on Sale for the General Public: October 20, 2020

 

New Orleans Film Festival 2020

Jean Bingham

Jean Bingham

Programming Associate

Since arriving in New Orleans in 2011, Jean Bingham has channeled her passion for cinema into film curation at various underground venues throughout the city, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge, foreign, and art house films. A proud Libra, she studied film at Emerson College and has worked as a programmer for the New Orleans Film Society since 2015. She has one cat and two dogs, and upon further contemplation, has finally come to terms with the fact that her pets will never form an interspecies alliance.

Clint Bowie

Clint Bowie

Artistic Director

Clint Bowie is the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Film Society, where he manages the curation of the organization’s year-round programming. He also works closely with the organization’s artist development programs, including the Southern Producers Lab, Emerging Voices Mentorship Program, and the newly launched Southern Filmmaker Travel Fund. He has served on review committees for ITVS, Creative Capital, NEA, FilmNorth, and Latino Public Broadcasting, and has sat on juries and panels at festivals including Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Palm Springs ShortsFest, Florida, CAAMFest, RiverRun, Champs-Elysées, and others. He was on the board of directors for the Film Festival Alliance for four years and is currently an Advisory Board member for the Overlook Film Festival. He previously worked as a print journalist at publications across the country and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Zandashé Brown

Zandashé Brown

Programming Manager

Happily based in New Orleans, Zandashé Brown is a writer/director born-and-bred in and inspired by southern Louisiana. Her work raises a Black femme lens to the tradition of southern gothic horror. Brown’s directorial debut, BLOOD RUNS DOWN, was one of five projects selected for the New Orleans Tricentennial Incubator Grant in 2018. Since then, it has screened at dozens of festivals in the US, Germany, and Britain. Her narrative and documentary work has been supported by Kickstarter, Create Louisiana, the New Orleans Video Access Center, and the New Orleans Film Society, where she now serves as Artist Development Coordinator and Programming Manager.

Greta Hagen-Richardson

Greta Hagen-Richardson

Lead Features Programmer

Greta Hagen-Richardson is the Lead Features Programmer at the New Orleans Film Festival, working toward equity in representation and elevating the contributions of exciting, fresh voices. She is a 2020 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow in the Creative Executive track. Hagen-Richardson has contributed to many festival organizations, including the Chicago International Film Festival, True/False Film Fest, and the Telluride Film Festival. She responds strongly to American cinema that comments on changing dynamics in gender, race, and class, particularly in horror, as well as films that consider how people from various socioeconomic strata interact with one another in high-pressure situations.

Jon Kieran

Jon Kieran

Programming Manager

Jonathan Kieran is Programming Manager at the New Orleans Film Society, presenting organization of the annual New Orleans Film Festival, where he’s worked in multiple capacities since 2011. As a member of the Programming team, Jon assists in the curation of the festival’s film programming, with a specific focus on the Narrative Short, Narrative Feature, and Experimental Shorts categories. He has contributed writing on film to New Orleans-based magazine ANTIGRAVITY and the indie film blog NoBudge, and holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of New Orleans and a BA in Philosophy from Ursinus College.

Amber Love

Amber Love

Programmer

Amber Love is a Chicago based festival programmer and filmmaker interested in themes of identity and regionalism. Her work has premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, received support from the Tribeca Film Institute, and been broadcast on PBS. Amber is also a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow and is currently working on her first feature documentary project. She has been with NOFF since 2016.

Kate Mason

Kate Mason

Programmer

Kate Mason is a Programmer for the New Orleans Film Festival. She started at NOFF in 2012 and has been a part of the Operations and Programming teams ever since. Currently, she programs Narrative Shorts, Documentary Features, and Episodic projects. She is also the festival producer for the Overlook Film Festival. In 2019 she relocated to Los Angeles where she works for festivals such as Turner Classic, AFI, and Sundance. When she’s not in festival mode, she’s performing stand-up comedy, writing, or lip syncing in drag as Squirt Reynolds. Her favorite movie is Mommie Dearest.

Kiyoko McCrae

Kiyoko McCrae

Documentary Programmer

Kiyoko McCrae is the Filmmaker Support Programs Manager at the New Orleans Film Society where she manages the Emerging Voices Mentorship Program and the Southern Producers Lab. Kiyoko manages professional development initiatives and fosters relationships with industry advisors during the New Orleans Film Festival and throughout the year. She is also an award-winning independent film and theater director and producer. Her films include Artist in Exile, Come Home, and Black Back. Kiyoko has received support from the Center for Asian American Media and Southern Documentary Fund for her documentary, Within, Within, which is currently in development. She is a 2017-2018 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow and a 2020 John O’Neal Cultural Arts Fellow. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from NYU’s Tisch School. She is happy to call New Orleans home with her husband Jason and their two children, Manami and Koji. Her work can be found at kiyokomccrae.com

Angela Tucker

Angela Tucker

Programming Associate

Angela Tucker is a writer, director and Emmy nominated producer who works in narrative and documentary genres. Her directorial work includes “All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk”, a documentary short airing on PBS’ Reel South about a mayoral election in New Orleans; “All Styles”, a narrative feature currently available on Amazon; “Black Folk Don’t”, a documentary web series that was featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”; and “(A)sexual”, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu. She is in her ninth year on the PBS strand, “AfroPoP, now as a Co-Executive Producer and is currently producing “Belly of the Beast” (dir. Erika Cohn) which will broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2021. Her production company, TuckerGurl, is passionate about stories that highlight underrepresented communities in unconventional ways. A professor at Tulane University, Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative Fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver

Cinema Reset Curator

Rachel Lin Weaver is an interdisciplinary media artist working in video, experimental documentary, sound, installation, and performance. Her projects explore personal and cultural memory, resilience in the face of adversity, landscapes and people in flux, and ecological systems. She is influenced by her upbringing in wilderness areas and rural communities in poverty, and finds many useful metaphors in the natural world. Weaver’s projects have been shown in many cities in the US as well as at exhibitions in nearly 30 countries since 2010. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections. In addition to her art practice, Weaver is an active documentary filmmaker. Her research is centered on creative decolonization and fighting for inclusivity, and she actively collaborates with indigenous communities. Weaver is currently Assistant Professor/Chair of Creative Technologies at the School of Visual Art at Virginia Tech and is also the curator of Cinema Reset, the new media program of the New Orleans Film Festival.