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26-Mar-2015 6:56pm PDT  

 

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

10 Annual January 21, 2015 to January 25, 2015

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101 Duclos Street
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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 5-day 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.

Now in its tenth year, COTB is the second-longest continuously running film festival in existence in Louisiana. Over the years, the Festival 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. We believe it says a lot about our Festival that these highly talented independent filmmakers not only make repeat visits to COTB, but also recommend the Festival to their filmmaker colleagues.

Each year, our audiences of independent film lovers continue to grow both in size and in appreciation of quality films and the filmmakers who make them. Come join us in 2015 as we celebrate our tenth anniversary here in exotic French Louisiana.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Cinema on the Bayou 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's film, with the filmmaker in attendance, opened the inaugural Festival, which screened more than 40 films. Now in its 10th year, 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. Pat continues to serve as Artistic Director of the Festival.

All of us here at COTB are committed to insuring that the Festival emphasizes both established and emerging filmmakers and the relationship-building that is critical to their continued work. We are also 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. COTB offers complimentary lodging to all filmmakers whose films are accepted, 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!"

COTB also 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 received an Academy Award in the Animated Short category.

Film categories are: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and Animated Short. "Goujon caille" (spotted catfish, Cajun culture's most prized catfish) award categories include: Director's Choice Special Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Inspiration Award and Audience Award.

The annual five-day, filmmaker-friendly Festival is held during the last 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.


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 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, 2015. 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, 2015. 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.