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|Narrative works of fiction that are 40 minutes or longer. Feature films must be Louisiana premieres. In 2015, 15 narrative features were selected from submissions to screen at NOFF. Of these, 8 were chosen to compete for a jury award. For the past six years, the jury prize has been a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision.
|Fiction films that are under 40 minutes. In 2015, 44 narrative short films were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Projects under 40 minutes, animated by any means. In 2015, 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 2015, 7 experimental shorts were selected to screen at NOFF.
|Non-fiction films 40 minutes or longer. Feature films must be Louisiana premieres. In 2015, 22 documentary features were selected from submissions to screen at NOFF. Of these, 7 were chosen to compete for a jury award.
|Non-fiction films that are under 40 minutes. In 2015, 22 documentary shorts were selected to screen at NOFF. The recipient of the festival's Documentary Short Jury Award will be eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
|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 2015. (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 2015. (If you submit as a Louisiana film, your work will automatically be considered any other appropriate shorts categories as well.)
|Music videos under 15 minutes. In 2015, about 8 music videos were selected to screen at NOFF.
|New Media Projects
|NOFF is looking to bring new media installations and experimental media artworks to the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival with an emphasis on virtual reality, 360 video, light / projection mapping, interactivity, and outdoor media installations to draw in festival goers. For consideration, please provide: a written proposal describing your project (no more than 500 words); a list of equipment you are able to provide and any/all specific equipment needs; ideal space requirements, including prospective lighting needs; any video, photos, stills, or sketches of your project.
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 27th anniversary this year, the Oscar®-qualifying 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 "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in their 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 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 & rice and praline bacon, learning about funding and distribution opportunities at our industry meet-ups, and rubbing elbows with industry leaders 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 about 200 films over the course of nine days and reached over 20,000 attendees, including over 350 filmmakers who attended to show their work. NOFF also hosts a number of panels and conversations, featuring representatives from major U.S. distributors (like Magnolia Pictures, Variance, ARRAY, The Weinstein Company, Paramount, Factory 25, and FilmBuff) 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 Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association).
The festival's 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 The Ross Brothers, who have made acclaimed documentaries like Western and Tchoupitoulas. It's also where an increasing number of big-budget and small-budget Hollywood films and TV shows are shot (including Trumbo, 99 Homes, Our Brand Is Crisis, Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, and True Detective, American Horror Story: Cove & Freak Show). 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.
Awards & Prizes
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 celebrated "Third Cinema" filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik. All official selections of NOFF are eligible for Audience Awards.
Additionally, the recipient of the festival's Documentary Short Award will be eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
All official selections of NOFF are eligible for Audience Awards.
Clint Bowie (Director of Programming); Clint Bowie (Director); John Desplas (Artistic Director); Jolene Pinder (Executive Director)
- Entries may not publicly screen theatrically 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, 2014.
- 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.
- Films selected for screening will be notified on or around August 5, 2016.
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.
- 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 or distribution for filmmakers.