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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Key Dates:

Early-Bird Sale Ends: August 29
Festival Screening Schedule Published: September 17
Individual tickets available to book by passholders and members: September 23 at noon
Individual tickets available for the public: September 30 at noon

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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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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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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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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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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Ester is a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week before Hurricane Katrina. In the face of an evacuation order, she is forced to make a choice that will impact her future forever.

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A cinematic and musical soundscape of the Alps detached from the compulsive speed - and accessibility of communication technology - saturating modern life.

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Bloeistraat 11 | I'm Going Out for Cigarettes (Je Sors Acheter des Cigarettes) | Under Covers | Kim | The Quintet of the Sunset | No Gravity (Sans Gravité) | I Bleed | Gray Body (جسم خاکستری) | Temps de Glace (Ice Time) | Guaxuma

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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 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. Programming below will be running continuously throughout the festival.

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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

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