14th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

The 14th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 23-30, 2019, at venues in and around Lafayette, Louisiana.  Come join us in French Louisiana as we present nearly 200 films from across the United States and around the world along with expert panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A's and nightly parties with live local music.  

Cinema on the Bayou is pleased to announce the 14th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival’s opening night film, BLACK INDIANS, which will make its U.S. Premiere screening on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA, 70501. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film screens at 6:30 pm, followed by a short Q & A with Paris-based filmmakers Edith Patrouilleau and Christian Pfohl.  Music will be provided by Yvette Landry and the Jukes along with a gala reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-cinema-on-the-bayou-film-festival-jan-23-30-2019-tickets-52650685618.  This beautifully shot and moving documentary film, from an outsider’s perspective, pays tribute to the passion, spirit and traditions of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians, whose Call and Response musical form is a living tradition of African culture and one of the sources of American Jazz.

 The eight-day Festival will close on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, with the World Premiere screening of FINDING CAJUN, which provides an in-depth and historically informed perspective on the origin and evolution of Cajun identity and how it has evolved over the last 70 years.  Director Nathan Rabalais will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.  The film will screen at 7:00 p.m. at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion, Lafayette, LA, 70501, and will be followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-cinema-on-the-bayou-film-festival-jan-23-30-2019-tickets-52650685618.

This year’s Festival will include our first Artist in Residence, Québecois filmmaker John Blouin, who will present his LUX 35mm film installation at Acadiana Center for the Arts, beginning with Art Walk on January 12, 2019, throughout the Festival, and concluding with Art Walk on February 9, 2019.  Among the judges in attendance throughout this year’s Festival is “the bad boy of Quebec cinema,” filmmaker Marc-André Forcier. In addition, the Québec Government has funded partnerships between Cinema on the Bayou and two prominent film festivals in Canada:  Festival Les Percéides, a film festival based in the city of Percé, and the Québec City Film Festival.  The founders and directors of both Festivals will be in attendance, along with filmmakers from Québec, and will present films and participate in bi-lingual roundtable discussions about filmmaking and the role of film festivals in support of the culture.

The eight-day Festival will take place from Wednesday, January 23th through Wednesday January 30th and will screen over 180 films from COTB’s open call for submissions from independent filmmakers from around the world along with panel discussions, workshops, music and parties.  Over 200 directors, producers, cinematographers, distributors, actors, grant sources and other industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Japan, China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Thailand, India, Australia, Lebanon, Haiti, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and France. 

The 2019 Festival lineup was chosen from a total pool of more than 1,000 submissions and includes 40 feature-length narrative fiction and documentary films and over 140 short films, including narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films.  The majority of the films are World, U.S. or Louisiana Premieres. 

Films in competition are eligible to win our coveted “goujon caille” award created by local artists Pat and Andre Juneau.   

A complete schedule of films and events will be available in early January 2019.  Festival Passes are available now through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-cinema-on-the-bayou-film-festival-jan-23-30-2019-tickets-52650685618.

 

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