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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.



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!



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