Cinema 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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Photo Courtesy of Lee CelanoCinema on the Bayou 2016 is shaping up to be, by far, the biggest and best to date. Now that we have expanded the festival to eight days, we can bring to Acadiana a larger percentage of the more than 1000 films -- narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and animated shorts -- submitted to us by independent filmmakers from around the world. The vast majority of our nearly 200 official selections will be Louisiana, U.S. or world premieres. Those in competition within each category will be judged by panels of experts who will decide the winners of our coveted "goujon caille" (spotted catfish) award by local artists Pat and Andre Juneau.
Mark your calendars for January 20-27, 2016, and come join us at venues in and around Lafayette for film screenings, filmmaker discussions, expert panels and workshops, gala receptions, live music and after-hours parties. Watch for the announcment of our official selections at the end of November and a posting of the festival schedule and ticket information at the end of December.
"One of the best weekends of my life. Thank you so much for letting the orphan brigade be a part of this amazing festival. Your hospitality, vibe, and true soul are an inspiration. From Joshua Britt, James DeMain and I, we send our absolute thanks your way."
-- Neilson Hubbard, Nashville, Tennessee / The Orphas Brigade: Sountrack to a Ghost Story / World Premiere / Documentary Feature Special Jury Mention Award
"Thank you so much for everything!!!!!!!! Long live to cinema on the bayou!"
-- Maxime-Claude L'Écuyer / Montréal, Québec / Zsofika / U.S. Premiere / Narrative Short Special Jury Mention Award
"Great festival run by super awesome folks. I'd almost say we ate too much gumbo, but no . . . there is never enough gumbo!"
-- Jay Pennington / Jacksonville, Florida / Ocean Pond / Louisiana Premiere / Audience Award
"Just a little word to tell you how much David and I enjoyed the festival. Its been a feast of movies: tapas, starters, entrees and deserts. You really fed us well. You are responsible for bringing a community together and for this too, I thank you. I'm still floating on a cloud."
-- Christian Fleury, Montréal, Québec / Everybody Wants To Be A Cajun / World Premiere / Documentary Short Special Jury Mention Award
"Cinema on the Bayou was the nicest festival I ever went to. Warm and cheerful! There is no better place than Louisiana for a first award!"
Éléonore Goldberg, Montréal / Québec / Errance (Wandering) / U.S. Premiere / Animated Short Special Jury Mention Award Winner