Festival starts in

Goujon Caille RLH HoldingPhoto Courtesy of Lee CelanoCinema on the Bayou Film Society announces the feature film official selections for the 11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, taking place January 20-27, 2016, at venues across the city.  The festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 20th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with the opening night film and gala party.  The festival has expanded from five to eight-days and will feature nearly 200 official selections from COTB’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers around the world.

“The word is out among independent filmmakers that we have a top notch film festival that is very competitive and super fun with great food and music,” says Cinema on the Bayou Film Society President and Creative Director Pat Mire, “and that means we bring really good films and the filmmakers who make them here to Acadiana each January for the benefit of the community, the culture and the film industry in Louisiana.”

The 2016 festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 1,000 submissions, a record number for the festival, and includes 27 narrative features and 25 documentary features, the majority of which are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  The festival lineup will also include 30 documentary short films, 98 narrative short films and 18 animated short films, the majority of which are also World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres.  Included within the official selections are more than 30 French-language films and 20 films from Japan, as well as films from Nepal, India, Australia, the Dominican Republic, the U.K., Algeria, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Argentina, Canada and France.

 Over 200 directors, producers, distributors, actors and other industry professionals will attend the festival from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Australia, India, the U.K. and France.     

Submissions are now open for the 11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival through FilmFreeway and Withoutabox.  Thanks to the tremendous response of filmmakers from around the world, Cinema on the Bayou will expand to an eight-day festival to be held on January 20-27, 2016, in varous venues around Lafayette, Louisiana.  In this way, we can accept more official selections of high quality films.  


See the ABOUT section for more information about the Festival and submission guidelines.





On Tuesday evening, October 13, 2015, Cinema on the Bayou Film Society will present the world premiere screening of the highly anticipated "ZYDECO CROSSROADS:  A Tale of Two Cities," by veteran filmmaker Robert Mugge.  The 87-minute film documents Philadelphia public radio station WXPN's exploration of the Creole culture of Southwest Louisiana through its yearlong Zydeco Crossroads project.  It features performances by Buckwheat Zydeco, C.J. Chenier, Chubby Carrier, Nathan Williams, Major Handy, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Rosie Ledet, Creole United, Soul Creole, Chris Ardoin, Lil' Nate Williams, Corey Arceneaux and Vasti Jackson.  Featured on National Public Radio, the film also includes interviews by World Cafe host David Dye with many of these musicians, as well as interviews with Zydeco club owner Sid Williams and Zydeco music experts Herman Fuselier and Michael Tisserand.


The film screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA, as a fall fundraising event for Cinema on the Bayou Film Society, the Section 501(c)(3) non-profit that presents the annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival.  


Admission for the film screening is $10.00 per person, and tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-world-premiere-of-zydeco-crossroads-a-tale-of-two-cities-with-filmmaker-robert-mugge-tickets-18388149450.


After the film screening, Robert Mugge and producer Diana Zelman will participate in a Q&A with the audience, followed by a reception.  There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase from Vermilionville.


The 11th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 20-27, 2016, expanding from 5 to 8 days to accommodate the screening of at least 15-20% of the hundreds of film submissions the festival has received to date through its international partners.



Cinema on the Bayou Film Society is pleased to present the world premiere of COTON JAUNE - ACADIAN BROWN COTTON, a documentary film by Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux on the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and hand woven Acadian brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them.  

The film screens on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Vermilionville as part of a film program from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the first Acadians in Louisiana. The program will begin with an introduction and short film presentation by filmmaker Pat Mire on the arrival  of the first Acadians to Louisiana and the significant role that women played in keeping the culture alive.    

COTON JAUNE - ACADIAN BROWN COTTON is an important cultural documentary film that tells the story of the women who struggled daily with the rigors of rural life yet found time and energy to create heirloom treasures for their families.  The filmmakers and Dr. Ray Brassieur will participate in a Q&A with the audience after the screening.

A gala reception for the filmmakers will follow with music by the amazing duo of Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux.       


Admission is $5.00 at the door.  There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase from Vermilionville.

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