Where do more than 200 filmmakers turn when they’re looking for new audiences for their modern cinematic efforts? For these filmmakers—who come from New Orleans, Los Angeles, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, Iceland, Amsterdam, Japan and more—one such place is the New Orleans Film Festival, right here in the Crescent City.
This Thursday kicks off the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival (Oct. 10-17), a week of movie showcases featuring the best in local, national and international independent filmmaking, hosted by the New Orleans Film Society. The festival is hailed as one of the premier destinations for independent cinema in the South, and for the past two years, it has been named one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.
It seems only fitting that New Orleans would be a proud host of this event. Dubbed “Hollywood South,” New Orleans has become a hub for movie-making with filming taking place in streets and buildings across the city. The film industry has been an integral part of New Orleans’ rebirth following Hurricane Katrina.
The festival takes place at several different venues and movie theatres across the city, including the Contemporary Arts Center, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Theatres at Canal Place, Prytania Theatre, Chalmette Movies, Civic Theatre, Filmmaker Lounge, French Quarter Movie House, Gallier Hall, Generations Hall, Lafayette Square, Little Gem Saloon and the Saratoga. You can check their full schedule for more information.
As for tickets, film screenings are $10 general admission and $8 for New Orleans Film Society members. Exceptions include the Opening Night Film, 12 Years a Slave, at The Civic Theatre, which is $15 general admission and $12 for NOFS members, and the Closing Night Film, Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, also at the Civic Theatre, which is $20 general admission and $15 for NOFS members. There are Six-film and Deluxe Six-film (Opening Night Film plus five other screenings) passes available as well as All-Access passes, which secure you priority access to theatre seating and tickets to all festival screenings plus parties, receptions and events.
The New Orleans Film Festival is gearing up to be another huge success for both filmmaking and the city. If you’ll be in town this weekend through next, check out the schedule to see if any of these films catch your eye.