Film Festivals

Local Festivals

Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival

The Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival was founded in 2009 by The Baton Rouge Irish Club.  The Festival showcases Irish talent, promotes cultural diversity and encourages collaboration between individuals and businesses in Louisiana and Ireland.  Our annual Festival features Irish short films, feature films, dancing, music, food, art, merriment and much more.

The mission of the Baton Rouge Irish Club is to help support and keep alive the heritage that over 60 million Americans claim as theirs. Since the 1950s and 1960s, parades, grand dances, and large dinners celebrating St. Patrick’s Day have been a part of the social landscape of Baton Rouge. Today our city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade draws one of the largest attendances for any single event in Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Irish Club hosts and participates in numerous cultural, educational, and social events throughout the year, and The Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival is the next natural step in that community outreach.

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Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival

Every year BRJFF highlights Jewish issues, traditions, challenges and characters that will resonate with our audiences whatever their background or beliefs. In addition, the festival presents filmmakers and speakers who will bring an added dimension to the dramas, documentaries, shorts, and animated films in our programs

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Take 6 Film Festival

The Take 6 Film Festival exists to promote and celebrate the films of all undergraduate/graduate students and alumni from LSU, Baton Rouge Community College, and Southern University. The festival judges will award best Directing, Cinematography, Actress/Actor, Editor, and Writer, as well as an overall Audience award winner and Best Alumni Film.

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Statewide Festivals

New Orleans Film Festival

 The New Orleans Film Festival celebrates cinema like only New Orleans can, with brass bands, second-line parades, gumbo, and Mardi Gras beads for every filmmaker. It’s a city known the world over for its hospitality—and it’s also a city that knows how to party. NOFF is no exception—but the festival never loses sight of what it’s celebrating: exciting new films from bold, passionate storytellers.

Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event. It is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short—and it’s been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” every year since 2012 (one of only two fests to receive that recognition for five straight years).

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Cinema on the Bayou

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.

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Louisiana Film Prize

This spring, filmmakers from all over the country came to Northwest Louisiana to making a short film between five and fifteen minutes long to compete for our $50,000 cash prize – the largest short film prize in the entire world. 127 film teams participated and of those films, twenty were selected to appear in competition at Prize Fest. These 20 films are known as the “Top 20” of the Louisiana Film Prize. Of the Top 20, one will be crowned the winner of the 2017 Louisiana Film Prize and take home a grand prize of $50,000 cash.

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