New Orleans Film Festival
October 14-22, 2015
Hosted by the New Orleans Film Society, the 2015 NOFF is being held from October 14-22 in several venues throughout New Orleans.
Over the years the festival has provided an opportunity for new and established filmmakers to premiere their latest works. These works most often include full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation, as well as music videos.
In the 26 years since its founding in 1989, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown to become one of the nation’s top-ranked film festivals, annually attracting thousands of producers, directors, writers, actors and actresses and other industry professionals.
In recent years films have been screened at the Prytania Theater in Uptown New Orleans, and the Joy Theater and the Theaters at Canal Place downtown.
The 2013 New Orleans Film Festival scored a major coup when it screened one of the first showings of the highly acclaimed, Louisiana-shot docudrama, “Twelve Years a Slave.” On hand for the local premiere were director Steve McQueen and most of the film’s stars. “Twelve Years a Slave” went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture and two other Oscars, plus a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
The 2015 Festival will showcase 24 feature films selected for competition: eight films in the Narrative Films in Competition category, seven films in the Documentary Films in Competition category and nine films in the Louisiana Features category (by Louisiana filmmakers). Of the 24 films, seven will have their World Premieres at this year’s fest.
The 2015 festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 3,400 submissions, submitted from more than 100 countries. This year marks NOFF’s first as an Oscar-qualifying festival, in the category of documentary shorts. The winner of the short documentary jury award will qualify to be nominated for an Academy Award.
The festival kicks off Wednesday, October 14, at the newly-restored Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans. The festival will feature 173 selections from NOFF’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers, in addition to more than one dozen additional films that have acquired distribution.
In addition to the esteemed film screenings, the festival also presents a series of mentor sessions, workshops, and panel discussions featuring industry leaders. These, too, are open to the general public.
The lineup and venues for the 2015 film festival will be announced as the opening date gets closer.
For more information and updates about this year’s featured films, as well as ticket packages and all-access passes, visit the festival website at www.neworleansfilmfest.com. You can also get updates by visiting the New Orleans Film Society Facebook page or website at www.neworleansfilmsociety.org.