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     "A Reel Good Time." -- Garden and Gun Magazine

     "Among Top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the U.S. "  -- AudNews Magazine 


Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in a big way this coming year, presenting more than 100 films from around the world, including U.S., Louisiana and World premieres, at the annual five-day film festival beginning on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, through Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Over the last ten years, Cinema on the Bayou has built an international reputation as a filmmaker-friendly destination with large, enthusiastic crowds, and great food, music and fun.
Unique among film festivals in the United States, Cinema on the Bayou presents a wide range of French language films through partnerships with the National Film Board of Canada, the Office of the French Consul General in New Orleans, the French Embassy Office of Cultural Services in New York City, Montréal-based film distribution company, Vidéographe, and Withoutabox, the premier international film festival submission service.
In addition to the film screenings, the Festival will present workshops, expert panels, live music performances and social events at the following venues: Acadiana Center for the Arts, Vermilionville, Celebrity Theater Broussard, the Lafayette Parish South Regional Branch Library, and Pack and Paddle.  
Over 100 filmmakers and actors are expected to attend from around the world, including from Toronto, Montréal, Moncton, Brazil, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Nashville, London, Chicago, Shreveport and New Orleans.  
A complete schedule of events will be posted in early January.


Cinema On The Bayou has been named one of the Top 15 Winter Film Festivals in the U.S. by AudNews, an on-line news magazine for filmmakers and film lovers.  We are listed among such festivals as the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  The listing also includes festivals from Oklahoma, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Massachusetts.   We are proud to represent Louisiana and Lafayette among that number!  Check out all the listings at AudNews.

In closing ceremonies on Sunday, January 26, 2014, Artistic Director Pat Mire named the 9th COTB Film Festival winners of the "goujon caille" (spotted catfish) award, designed by Lafayette artist Pat Juneau and son, as follows:

Director's Choice Special Jury Award: SECRETARIAT'S JOCKEY, RON TURCOTTE (Canada); Special Jury Mention: THE NUMBERLYS (U.S.A./Louisiana).


Best Documentary Feature: THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC (U.S.A.); Special Jury Mention: NIGHT LABOR (U.S.A.) and THE BLUES CONUNDRUM (U.S.A./Texas).


Best Documentary Short: CAN'T STOP THE WATER (U.S.A./Louisiana); Special Jury Mention: DES HOMMES A LA MER (Canada/Quebec).


Best Narrative Feature: VINO VERITAS (U.S.A.); Special Jury Mention: 45RPM (U.S.A./Arkansas).


Best Narrative Short: FILMSTRIPE (Canada/Quebec); Special Jury Mention: LE TRAIN BLEU (France) and L'ETAT DES LIEUX (Canada/Quebec).


Inspiration Award: ALLER-RETOUR (Canada/New Brunswick); Special Jury Mention: SUKI (Canada/Quebec).

Audience Award: THE NATURE OF FREDERIC BACK (Canada).


Congratulations to all!



A REEL GOOD TIME.  That's how Garden and Gun Magazine described Cinema on the Bayou when it named us the Editors' Choice for "goings-on in the South & beyond" in January 2015. Describing our Cajun Country setting as a "stew of French, Spanish, and African influences," the Editors concluded that it was an ideal spot for Cinema on the Bayou, an international film festival "charged with exposing attendees to the most original vocies in film while fostering cultural exchange among the French-speaking peoples of the world."


THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL, Jan. 21-25, 2015, will do just that.  We will screen more than 100 films -- world, U.S. and Louisiana premieres -- with fifty-plus filmmakers in town from, as the Editors put it, "as far afield as Canada and France, plus their U.S.-based brethren hailing from New Orleans to New York." And, of course, these film screenings will be laced with music, food and serious socializing, a Cinema on the Bayou tradition.


WATCH FOR FUTURE POSTINGS on the many wonderful films we will screen along with plenty of other goings-on that make Cinema on the Bayou "an introduction to Cajun and Creole culture worth much more than the price of admission."  Check us out in Garden and Gun Magazine.



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