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20-Apr-2015 6:30pm PDT  

 

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

11 Annual January 20, 2016 to January 27, 2016

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Documentary Feature
Open to all documentary films at least 40 minutes in length, including credits (TRT).
Documentary Short
Open to all documentary films under 40 minutes in length, including credits (TRT).
Narrative Feature
Open to narrative feature films at least 40 minutes in length including credits (TRT).
Narrative Short
Open to narrative short films under 40 minutes in length, including credits (TRT).
Animation Short
Open to animated short films under 40 minutes in length, including credits (TRT).

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Located in the heart of Cajun country, the annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is dedicated to presenting narrative, documentary and animated films and filmmakers with truly original voices in one of the friendliest, most unique cultures in the world. COTB is also committed to insuring that the Festival emphasizes both established and emerging filmmakers and the relationship-building that is crucial to their continued work.




ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Cinema on the Bayou, Louisiana's second oldest film festival, was founded in 2006 in Lafayette, Louisiana, by filmmaker Pat Mire after Hurricane Katrina caused the cancellation of the New Orleans Film Festival in the fall of 2005. Pat was contacted by the National Film Board of Canada, which offered a U.S. premiere of the documentary MAROON, by famed Quebecois filmmaker Andre Gladu, which was originally scheduled to premiere in New Orleans. Cinema on the Bayou was launched in response, and Gladu and his film opened the inaugural Festival, which screened more than 40 films. Pat continues to serve as Artistic Director of the Festival.

Since 2006, Cinema on the Bayou has presented hundreds of internationally acclaimed documentary, narrative fiction and animated films, with filmmakers in attendance from across the United States and the world. The festival is now unique among film festivals in the U.S. in that it also regularly screens a large number of French-language independent films and presents filmmakers from throughout the Francophone world.

In 2015, the 10th COTB screened over 100 films with more than 150 filmmakers attending from around the world. Due to the incredible growth of the festival, both in audience and filmmaker attendance, it has been expanded from five to eight days in order to accommodate the screenings of even more submitted films at art venues and movie theaters in and around Lafayette.

Also this past year, Cinema on the Bayou was selected as the Editors' Choice for "goings-on in the South and beyond" by Garden and Gun Magazine. Describing our Cajun Country setting as a "stew of French, Spanish, and African influences," the Editors concluded that it was an ideal spot for Cinema on the Bayou, an international film festival "charged with exposing attendees to the most original voices in film while fostering cultural exchange among the French-speaking peoples of the world."

Cinema on the Bayou also made the list of the Top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the U.S. by AudNews, an on-line magazine for filmmakers and film lovers.

COTB has the distinction among film festivals of having given the Audience Award to Moonbot Studio's animated film THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE one year before the film was nominated for and won an Academy Award in the animated short category.

Over the years, the festival also has earned the respect of its many loyal filmmaker alums who come from around the world to share in the joie de vivre that defines the culture here. It says a lot about the festival that these highly talented independent filmmakers not only make repeat visits to COTB, but also recommend the festival to their filmmaker colleagues.

Cinema on the Bayou has partnered with Quebec-based film distribution companies Videographe and Spirafilms, whose representatives attend the Festival, and, as a result, have witnessed first-hand the relationships built to provide a wider, more diverse audience to our filmmakers.

The festival is committed to creating these essential connections amid exquisite Cajun cuisine, amazing local music performances, and thought-provoking discussions, both on expert panels and at after-hours parties, about all that is near and dear to that creature known as the independent filmmaker.

For all filmmakers whose films are accepted, COTB offers all-access passes for the filmmakers and complimentary lodging for up to four days for filmmakers traveling from outside the United States and for up to two days for filmmakers traveling from outside Louisiana, as well as plenty of after-hours food and drink. As Pat likes to say, "we weigh them when they arrive and again when they leave, and I promise you, no one looses weight at Cinema on the Bayou!"

Film categories are: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and Animated Short.

The "goujon caille" (spotted catfish -- Cajun culture's most prized catfish) award, by artist Pat Juneau, is given in the following categories: Director's Choice Special Jury Award; Le Train Bleu Award; Best Narrative Feature Award; Special Jury Mention - Narrative Feature Award; Best Narrative Short Award; Special Jury Mention - Narrative Short Award; Best Documentary Feature Award; Special Jury Mention - Documentary Feature Award; Best Documentary Short; Special Jury Mention - Documentary Short Award; Best Animated Short; Special Jury Mention - Animated Short Award; Inspiration Award; and Audience Award.

The festival's distinguished panel of judges includes Wendell Riley of Moonbot Studios, who is a judge for the animated short competition, and veteran filmmakers Glen Pitre and Michelle Benoit, who are judges for our narrative short competition along with IATSE representative Bill McCord. Festival judges for narrative feature and documentary categories include many of our multi-award winning alums.

The annual filmmaker-friendly Festival is held during the last full week of January at various venues in and around Lafayette, including the beautiful James Devin Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, as well as the culturally significant Vermilionville Performance Center at the Vermilionville Living History and Folk Life Park, and local movie theaters.

Come join us in 2016 as the festival celebrates its eleventh anniversary here in exotic French Louisiana.

ORGANIZERS
Pat Mire (Festival Registrar) ; Rebecca Hudsmith (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is open to all narrative, documentary and animated films of all styles and subjects, as well as foreign language films, with special emphasis on French language films. Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

Preference will be given to U.S. and Louisiana premieres. Films that have screened publicly in Lafayette, Louisiana or that have been released on VOD or other internet outlets are not eligible for submission. By submitting the film, the filmmaker (or other person submitting) confirms that the film has not been and will not be screened in Lafayette, Louisiana or released on VOD or other internet outlets prior to COTB, 2016. The filmmaker also confirms that he or she is authorized to submit the film, has cleared or will clear all intellectual property rights necessary for the screening of the film at this film festival, and holds harmless Cinema on the Bayou Film Society from any liability arising from the submission or use of the film.

All submissions become the property of Cinema on the Bayou, and DVD's will not be returned. If the film is accepted, it is with the understanding that clips, photos and stills of and related to the film may be used to promote the Festival.

The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping submission materials to the Festival.

Once the Festival obtains possession of an exhibition copy of the film, the Festival will then accept limited responsibility for the film, extending to the time that the Festival ships the film back to the filmmaker if requested. This responsibility is limited to a refund of the expenses for making a duplicate of the exhibition copy at current prices.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting the film, the filmmaker (or other person submitting) confirms that the film has not and will not be screened in Lafayette, Louisiana or released on VOD or other internet outlets prior to COTB, 2016. He or she also confirms that he or she is authorized to submit the film, has cleared or will clear all intellectual property rights necessary for the screening of the film at this film festival, and holds harmless Cinema on the Bayou from any liability arising from the submission or use of the film. All submissions become the property of Cinema on the Bayou, and DVD's will not be returned. If the film is accepted, it is with the understanding that clips, photos and stills of and related to the film may be used to promote the Festival.