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About Cinema On The Bayou

Mission Statement

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is committed to presenting nationally and internationally acclaimed documentary and narrative fiction films and filmmakers with truly original voices.  The festival is also committed to advancing the understanding of Cajun and Creole cultures through film screenings, film panels and cultural exchanges among French Louisiana, the United States and the Francophone countries of the world.

Cinema on the Bayou presents U.S. and Louisiana premieres of new, cutting edge, fiction and non-fiction films from around the world in a relaxing environment, laced and embellished with Cajun culture's unique identity markers, exquisite cuisine and great music.  We screen uncompromising, thought-provoking films that make us laugh and cry; engage in serious discussions about matters important to independent filmmakers; and have a lot of fun and good times with old friends and make important connections with new friends who share our commitment to quality film. 

About Cinema on the Bayou

Cinema on the Bayou, Louisiana’s 2nd oldest film festival, is an annual eight-day film festival founded in 2005 by filmmaker Pat Mire, who serves as the Artistic Director of the Festival.  Now in its twelfth year, the Festival is held beginning in the last week of January at various venues in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.  Cinema on the Bayou has the unique distinction among film festivals of having given the “Audience Award” to a film, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” one year before that film was nominated and received an Academy Award.  Cinema on the Bayou also has the distinction of having the largest opening night audience at a Louisiana film festival when 800-plus people attended the Louisiana premiere of “Little Chenier,” knocking out “Spiderman” at the Celebrity Theaters in Broussard.  All of this is presented in a setting that provides the opportunity for plenty of fun and good times with old friends and to make important connections with new friends who share a commitment to quality film.

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is presented each year by Cinema on the Bayou Film Society, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit Louisiana corporation.  The Board of Directors includes:  Pat Mire, Rebecca Hudsmith, Sybil Gaar, and Robert Dafford.  It is run by a staff of volunteers and relies on monetary donations from both individuals and corporate sponsors, as well as in-kind donations from our incredibly supportive network of community sponsors. Due to funding cuts in state-wide grants programs over the past several years, Cinema on the Bayou also must rely on ticket sales for many film screenings and festival events.  However, the Festival remains committed to screening a number of films each year free of charge to the general public.  Cinema on the Bayou uses its resources to bring great films to the community along with the independent filmmakers who make the films and present them in state-of-the-art settings along with plenty of good food, music and fun.   

For additional information and photos of the festival, visit our festival blog at www.cinemaonthebayou.blogspot.com , and our fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Cinema-On-The-Bayou-Film-Festival/223349489201?ref=ts.

How To Submit A Film

Film submissions are now open for the 14th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival to be held on January 23-30, 2019.  Films can be submitted through FilmFreeway, WithoutABox and Festhome.  

FILM CATEGORIES:  Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animated Short and Experimental Short.

AWARDS:  The "goujon caille" (the spotted catfish -- Cajun culture's most prized catfish) award, made by renowned artists Pat and Andre Juneau, is a juried award in each of the film categories.  It is also given for the Director's Choice Award, Le Train Bleu Award, the Inspiration Award and the Audience Award.

ELIGIBILITY:  The film must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

PREMIERE REQUIREMENTS:  Preference will be given to U.S. and Louisiana Premieres.  Films that have screened publically in Lafayette, Louisiana or that have been released in theaters or on VOD or other internet outlets are NOT elgible for submission.


Earlybird Deadline - June 1, 2018 - $30.00

Regular Deadline - August 10, 2018 - $40.00

Late Deadline - October 5, 2018 - $50.00

Extended Deadline - November 16, 2018 - $60.00

Notification of Official Selections - December 7, 2018.


If you would like to submit a film directly to the Festival, please contact us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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