30 Years of New Film in New Orleans

We are thrilled to announce the lineup for the 30th annual, Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (#NOFF2019), which will take place from October 16th through October 23rd in venues across the city. Start exploring the lineup by browsing the tabs on the left bar. Expect more announcements, including Opening Night, Spotlight Films, panels, parties, and special guests in the weeks to come…

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The New Orleans Film Festival is turning 30 this year and New Orleans shines ever brighter as an epicenter of culture and creativity during the festival with 500+ filmmakers from every corner of the world in attendance at screenings of 230+ films. The festival is expected to engage 30,000+ attendees with visionary films, directors, and other film lovers. The festival is also known for its eclectic parties, virtual reality exhibition, conversations with notable actors, writers, and directors––and its filmmaker forum, offering numerous opportunities for project development and professional networking.

After receiving a record number of over 6,500 submissions from 104 countries for the 30th anniversary of the festival, the festival’s seasoned team of programmers carefully curated a slate of 232 visionary, thought-provoking films that represent a wealth of perspectives. Overall, the directors of selected films represent 39 different nationalities. This year, films made in the American South represent 50%, and Louisiana-made films represent 26% of the lineup. Films directed by women and gender non-conforming directors account for 54% of the lineup, and films helmed by directors of color make up 56% of the lineup.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.   

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In 18th century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding.

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In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl named Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace) dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.

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Fabienne is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.

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Academy Award®-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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Based on a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf and inspired by his own experiences, Honey Boy centers on Otis, played by Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea) as a 12-year-old sitcom star and blockbuster leading-man, respectively. A child of divorce, Otis lives with his dad, a former rodeo clown with broken dreams of stardom (LaBeouf, startlingly transformed for the role), who belittles and dominates his son even as he makes a living off of his acting career.

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In this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave) plays female prison warden Bernadine Williams, who after years of carrying out death row executions, comes up against one inmate who forces her to confront the psychological and emotional demons her job has created.

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Just Mercy follows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he attempts to appeal Walter McMillian's murder conviction. With a star-studded cast featuring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson, this American legal drama is based on a true story and explores the lengths to which one must fight for justice in this world.

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Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

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Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss, Dianne Feinstein (played by Annette Benning in an awards-caliber performance) to lead an investigation into the CIA's post-9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program.

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A semi-autobiographical film from writer-director Numa Perrier. It's the late '90s and the internet is still new technology. 19-year-old Tiffany is introduced to the world of online sex-work by her sister. She starts working as a cam girl in order to help her family out financially.

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Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.

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Harassed by her sisters and flooded with images on social media, a single, 36-year-old travel nurse obsesses over whether she will ever meet someone. Pig Hag examines whether society’s expectations for women may influence their choices and barometer for success.

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In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation.

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WORLD PREMIERE | Two small-town buddies and their accidental hostage careen across the 1970s Southwest on a treasure hunt turned crime spree. A freewheeling road adventure about unlikely friendships and the giddy futility of chasing the American dream.

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Narrative Shorts

Oscar®-qualifying category: the Jury Prize winner of the Narrative Shorts Competition automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Narrative shorts in competition are screening in short blocks titled: Observe and Control; 69 Minutes; The Horror; Southern Voices, Southern Rooms; and Rude Imaginings. Lockdown which will be screened prior to the feature length film Love Cuts is also in competition, as well as CAP, screening before feature length doc Ringside.

Doc Shorts

Oscar®-qualifying category: the Jury Prize winner of the Documentary Shorts Competition automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Doc shorts in competition are screening in short blocks titled: New Drawl: Portraits of Today’s South; Conversations with History; Born Into It; Recent Unpleasantness: Southern Activism; RIAFN; and these films that are screening with feature length films: How to Breathe in Kern County; Sweetheart Dancers; Practice; and Dani.

Animated Shorts

Oscar®-qualifying category: the Jury Prize winner of the Animated Shorts Competition automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Cinema Reset

The Cinema Reset program showcases artists and filmmakers whose vision expands the horizons of cinematic storytelling and creative expression. The work curated here spans the intersections of art, technology, and media: from virtual reality to video art, sound installation to experimental animation. Genre-defying, contemplative, spirited, and provocative, these projects reflect the growing diversity and dynamism of independent artists breaking new ground and challenging expectations. This year we are especially indebted to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, whose generous support has enabled commissioned installations, and facilitated our biggest, most vibrant program yet. Please join us in celebrating the work of these outstanding artists, storytellers, and innovators! – Rachel Lin Weaver, Cinema Reset Curator

Alongside virtual reality and installation-based video art, Cinema Reset is returning this year with newly-expanded programming in our microcinema within NOFF’s Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Scroll down to see Cinema Reset programming and schedule.

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Special Thanks to Galen Immersive

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Relic 2 | I Snuck Off The Slave Ship | Two Parts Black | Get Off the Paper | Just a Small | Displace | Palace of Pope | Shalva | My Mother Resents Me | Discovery Settings | Esplanade | E-Ticket | Kopacabana | "Everything's for Sale"

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Accused #2: Walter Sisulu | Children Do Not Play War | Legendary Cyphers | All on a Mardi Gras Day | Goodbye Paradise | Tower of Babel by the Sea | ENVIRO 

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Festival for Everyone:

Ensuring there is no barrier to accessing quality art and varied perspectives is critically important to us. Everyone can attend a number of our Filmmaker Forum Panels and Special Events, and visit our Festival Hub at the Contemporary Arts Center to experience our Cinema Reset Program, which includes Virtual Reality, Room-Scale VR and the Microcinema – all free of charge!

Furthermore, admission to the following screenings are free thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of The Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art, and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.


 

In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation.

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