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.     

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