29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival: Closing-Night Film and In-Competition Lineup Announced

10:25 August 23, 2018
By: Fritz Esker

The New Orleans Film Festival (NewOrleansFilmFestival.org) has announced its closing-night film and in-competition lineup for this year’s festival, running from October 17 thru 25, 2018.

A Tuba to Cuba will be the closing-night film. It’s a documentary following the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they travel to Cuba in a journey to rediscover their musical roots. The screening will take place at the Contemporary Arts Center and feature a performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band afterwards as part of the closing-night party.

The festival received a record-breaking number of 6,000 film and screenplay submissions for this year’s event from over 120 countries. A total of 220 films will screen at venues such as the Broad Theater, Prytania Theatre, and the Orpheum Theater. Louisiana-made films represent 27 percent of the lineup. The in-competition lineup features 10 documentary films and eight narrative features, a few of which will receive their world premieres at the festival. 

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the upcoming weeks about the opening-night film, the spotlight films, and discussion panels. Last year, spotlight films included Oscar-winners like Darkest Hour; I, Tonya; and Call Me By Your Name.

There is an early-bird sale on festival passes from now until September 1. You can save $25 on all-access passes and $20 on weekender passes. New Orleans Film Society members can save an additional $50 on pass purchases. For more information or to buy passes, visit NewOrleansFilmFestival.org or NewOrleansFilmSociety.org.

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