The festival received over 3000 submissions from 104 countries this year. Films made in the American South make up 60% of the lineup and films made in Louisiana make up 22% of the lineup. Directors of the selected films represent 24 different nationalities. Films made by directors of color make up 73% of the lineup. The in-competition lineup consists of a total of nine narrative features and 20 documentary features. The entire film festival will feature over 170 films.
"We're particularly excited to be showing so many films from the American South this year," New Orleans Film Society Artistic Director Clint Bowie said in a press release. "This region is full of talented artists and storytellers, and we're happy to be prioritizing space in the festival for Southern filmmakers to share their work."
Individual tickets will be available to purchase by NOFS members and film fest pass holders on October 19th. The general public will be able to purchase tickets on October 19. Guests can purchase all-access passes that allow them entry into all screenings or individual tickets for individual screenings. All tickets can be purchased at neworleansfilmsociety.org/festival.
This year's festival will have in-person screenings at the Prytania Theatre, the Broad Theater, the Broadside, and the Orpheum Theater, as well as virtual screenings that will be shown to viewers around the world. At all in-person events, guests will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event date. Masks will be required for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
The in-competition lineup and descriptions of the included films can be found at noff2021.eventive.org/welcome.