The 34th annual New Orleans Film Festival recently announced its first wave of titles from over 130 films that will be showcased at the festival.
The festival will be held in-person at venues like the Prytania Theatre, the Broad Theater, and the Contemporary Art Center from Nov. 2-7. Virtually, films will be available for screening from Nov. 2-12. The festival's in-competition lineup is available to view online at NewOrleansFilmSociety.org. Passes can be purchased on the site as well.
As always, the festival placed an emphasis on local filmmakers. 60% of the lineup features movies by filmmakers from the American South. 22% of the lineup features films made in Louisiana. Overall, the festival received 3,900 submissions from 117 countries.
"We're particularly excited to showcase our lineup of Southern storytellers whose regional perspectives expand the canon of Southern cinema. As a growing regional leader in independent cinema, we are thrilled to offer a slate of inspiring, thought-provoking films, meaningful networking opportunities, in-depth panel discussions and festive celebrations to our local, regional, and international film loving community," said Zuri Obi, film and conference programmer for the New Orleans Film Society.
The festival has yet to announce its opening night, closing night, and spotlight films. In the past, these films featured future Oscar winners like Green Book, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Silver Linings Playbook, and Women Talking.