The 8th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival was a Huge Success!
Hundreds of people attended the five-day Festival, beginning with an opening night sold-out audience at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and a closing night full house at the Vermilionville Performance Center. The Festival opened with a sneak preview of Pat Mire's newest film, "Sushi and Sauce Piquante." The film, on the life of guitar legend Gerry McGee, the son of Cajun fiddler great, Dennis McGee, was followed by a gala reception with sushi and sauce piquante, fine French wine and Cajun music, with over 300 hundred in attendance, The opening night reception was sponsored by the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival awarded its 2013 "goujon caille" awards to the following films:
Director's Choice Special Jury Award: "Downeast," a Louisiana Premiere
Best Narrative Feature: "Things I Don't Understand," a Louisiana Premiere
Best Narrative Short: "Noeud papillon (Bow Tied)," a Louisiana Premiere
Best Documentary: "Reconvergence," a Louisiana Premiere
Audience Award: "Songs of Souls," a World Premiere
Inspiration Award: "Herman's House"
Major Sponsors for this year's Festival include IATSE Local 478 - Motion Picture Studio Mechanics of Louisiana and Southern Mississippi and the French Embassy Office of Cultural Services in New York City and the Office of Consul General of France in New Orleans.
"This is a first-class festival offering home-cooked Cajun hospitality
in the epicentre of Cajun culture."
--Marca Hagenstad, Filmmaker, Denver
"Cinema on the Bayou was one of the best festival experiences of my
documentary filmmaking career and a world class event."
--Dennis Mohr, Filmmaker, Toronto