×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Expanding New Orleans Film Festival Showcases Films, Food, and Fun

It’s movie time in the Big Easy once again.

Celebrating its 27th year, the annual New Orleans Film Festival will take place Oct. 12-20 at venues across the city.

This time around, the fest will have a far bigger presence in the downtown area, according to New Orleans Film Society executive director Jolene Pinder.

“We’ve grown so much in recent years, we decided to really concentrate everything in one area,” she says. “We’re introducing several new venues and areas that will create a walkable downtown campus for the festival, giving our audiences the chance to see even more films and just hang out.”

To this end, NOFF has partnered with Ace Hotel New Orleans, which opened earlier this year. “It will serve as our headquarters during the festival,” adds Pinder, “and it will also host a pop-up theater and include a VIP Lounge on the roof, by the pool, for our filmmakers.”

Roundtable discussions and panels there will also take place in the aerie.

The fest is using another new venue, the Entergy Giant Screen Theater, which features an old Imax screen. “It’s huge — 70-feet wide and 50-feet tall, and recently got converted to DCP,” Pinder says.

Films scheduled to screen there include director Bill Purple’s “The Book of Love,” starring and co-produced by Jessica Biel.

“It was shot here, which we love, and Jessica will attend the screening,” reports Pinder. “We’ll screen the new David Byrne documentary, ‘Contemporary Color,’ which was directed by Bill and Turner Ross, who live in New Orleans. It’s all about synchronized dance routines involving flags and rifles, and we think it’ll be phenomenal on the giant screen.”

NOFF will also spotlight Cuban and Caribbean cinema and shorts.

In between opening and closing night (see highlights, this page), NOFF will screen close to 240 films, chosen from almost 4,000 submissions from an open call to independent filmmakers.

“So we saw an increase of almost 15% in submissions from just last year,” says Pinder, “which indicates how much we’re growing.”

Entries came from 115 countries. Local, Louisiana-made, film submissions increased 43%.

And tellingly, given the current debate about the lack of diversity in the industry, of the final selections, 45% of films are from female directors and 36% from directors of color. “It says a lot about the festival,” Pinder sums up.

More Film

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

    Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas. James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — [...]

  • Mortal Engines

    'Mortal Engines' to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

    “Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop. With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” [...]

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content