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|Narrative works of fiction that are 40 minutes or longer. Feature films must be Louisiana premieres. In 2014, 20 narrative features were selected from submissions to screen at NOFF. Of these, 7 were chosen to compete for a jury award. For the past five years, the jury prize has been a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision.
|Fiction films that are under 40 minutes. In 2014, about 55 narrative short films were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Projects 39 minutes or less, animated by any means. In 2014, about 15 animated shorts were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Projects that are 30 minutes or less and explore new and creative uses of film and video, whether in technique, form, or both. In 2014, 10 experimental shorts were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Non-fiction films 40 minutes or longer. Feature films must be Louisiana premieres. In 2014, 32 documentary features were selected from submissions to screen at NOFF. Of these, 7 were chosen to compete for a jury award. For the past several years, the jury prize has been a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision.
|Non-fiction films that are under 40 minutes. In 2014, 22 documentary shorts were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Feature films made by filmmakers currently living and working in Louisiana. To submit in this category, the director of the film must currently be a resident of the state and have lived in Louisiana since January 2014. (If you submit as a Louisiana film, your work will automatically be considered for the Documentary Features or Narrative Features category, where appropriate.)
|Short films made by filmmakers currently living and working in Louisiana. To submit in this category, the director of the film must currently be a resident of the state and have lived in Louisiana since January 2014. (If you submit as a Louisiana film, your work will automatically be considered any other appropriate shorts categories as well.)
|Music videos under 12 minutes. In 2014, about 12 music videos were selected to screen at NOFF.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The New Orleans Film Society's mission is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in their 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the "Fifteen Fests You Should Enter." Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world's most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that's hard to beat.
Festival guests often reference the camaraderie among attendees, something that the festival nourishes through receptions, parties, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and opportunities to interact with local audiences. Filmmakers find themselves hatching plans for future projects over red beans and rice and praline bacon, meeting new filmmaking collaborators while exploring Mardi Gras floats at the annual filmmaker brunch, and rubbing elbows with Oscar winners at mansion parties in the city's French Quarter. We are dedicated to nurturing new voices and making our filmmakers feel like they've found a second home here in New Orleans. Given this commitment, we offer two complimentary nights of lodging to every film with a representative coming in from out of town, along with a Festival All-Access pass for each filmmaker to make the most of the fest.
Last year's festival screened more than 200 films over the course of eight days and reached over 25,000 attendees, including over 400 filmmakers who attended to show their work. NOFF also hosts a number of panels and conversations, featuring representatives from major U.S. distributors (like Factory 25, Magnolia Pictures, and IFC) and other leaders in the industry (like Michelle Satter, founder of the feature film program at Sundance; Eugene Hernandez, founder of Indiewire; Effie Brown, producer of Dear White People; and Debbie Zimmerman, executive director of Women Make Movies).
The festival's recent growth has dovetailed with the region's continued expansion as a major film and television production hub. The city is, after all, home to Court 13, the filmmaking collaborative responsible for Beasts of the Southern Wild, as well as Bill Ross, co-director of the multiple award-winning films Western (Sundance 2015) and Tchoupitoulas. It's also where an increasing number of big-budget and small-budget Hollywood films and TV shows are shot (including Django Unchained,12 Years a Slave, and True Detective). NOFF taps into this local talent pool and industry presence, allowing festival goers to benefit from the experience and knowledge that the filmmaking community in New Orleans has to offer. Jurors have included local residents Michael Gottwald and Josh Penn (producers of Beasts of the Southern Wild), Eric Overmyer (writer/producer on shows like "The Wire" and "Treme"), and Wendell Pierce (actor, Four and "The Wire").
Recent festivals have welcomed guests like Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar nominees Patricia Clarkson, Alfre Woodard, and Steve McQueen, and Golden Globe nominees Faith Ford and Sarah Paulson.
Every year, the festival offers jury awards to films in seven different categories. Last year's total value was over $80,000 in camera packages, film stock, cash prizes, and software. Jurors for these awards represent some of the most talented leaders in the industry, including the likes of Oscar winners Melissa Leo, Tia Lessin, and Luke Matheny; industry writers like Matt Singer of The Dissolve and Nigel Smith of Indiewire; Independent Lens producer Lois Vossen; programmers Charlotte Cook of HotDocs and Sadie Tillery of Full Frame; experimental filmmaker Lynne Sachs; and godfather of Third Cinema Kidlat Tahimik.
All official selections of NOFF are eligible for Audience Awards.
Clint Bowie (Director); Clint Bowie (Program Director); John Desplas (Artistic Director); Jolene Pinder (Executive Director)
- Entries may not publicly screen in the greater New Orleans area or be televised anywhere in the US prior to the festival.
- Entries must have been completed on or after October 25, 2013.
- Foreign language films must be with English subtitles.
- All entries must be postmarked by the deadline date for which you are paying.
- Entries must be submitted via secure online links OR on DVD (NTSC Region 1 only). Do not put multiple films on the same DVD, and please submit two copies for our submissions team.
DVD Labeling & Shipping:
- Preview DVDs must be clearly labeled with the film title, submission category, and run time.
- To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your entry (in addition to Withoutabox acknowledgment), you must enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry.
- Films selected for screening will be notified on or around July 31, 2015.
REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS
- Entry Fee paid by Visa, Mastercard, money order, or check in US funds to: New Orleans Film Society. International entrants who do not pay by credit card must pay by international money order paid in U.S. dollars through a US bank. Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Online link or 2 preview DVDs (NTSC only). Please test your DVD on several makes and models of players. DVD+RW and DVD-RW are not acceptable formats. DVDs will not be returned.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- I have read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of my knowledge, all statements are true. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the New Orleans Film Festival.
- NOFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.
- Films must not have publicly screened in the greater New Orleans area prior to the festival. While world premieres are not requirements for NOFF, this information is taken into consideration when making final programming decisions.
- Feature films must not have screened on U.S. television or available to view on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival.
- All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the New Orleans Film Festival staff.
- Films produced or financed by a major motion picture studio are eligible for festival screenings but are not eligible for competitive awards. Films that have acquired distribution are eligible for festival screenings but are not eligible for competitive awards.
- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film.
- NOFF is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, or screening of any film.
- NOFF does not pay screening fees or guarantee travel for filmmakers.