Believe it or not, Louisiana is the third highest producer of films in the United States. It comes after New York and California, but before any other location one might deem far worthier than the “L” shaped state. However, Louisiana has been home to many major blockbusters and production sets than one can imagine. Thus, it makes sense that the state has its fair share of influential film festivals.
One of the biggest takes place in Baton Rouge, and it features more than 250 films from all over the world. The Louisiana International Film Festival is a hot ticket for the local movie industry. It attracts top executives and star power to the capital in order to promote the local film business. This festival in particular also cross promotes French language film. Louisiana is a state with a rich French heritage with its own particular dialect, and the festival helps keep the public interested in the culture. This year’s event will be held from May 7 – 10, 2015 at 10,000 Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is an event that nobody should miss as it is affordable, and it gives the public to see real art house films from all around the globe.
The New Orleans Film Festival
The New Orleans Film Festival is another popular event that attracts big names in the industry. It has been nicknamed “Cannes on the Mississippi” due to its influence. This is a glamorous event where a variety of films are screened. It takes place every October, and over 200 feature films are screened to public and privately. The festival attracts over 300 filmmakers alone who are eager to get their project out to a wider audience. This is one of the premiere film events in Louisiana, and it is a must for anyone in the business.
The Southern Screen Film Festival
Lafayette is home to the Southern Screen Film Festival held yearly in November. This is a newer event that is quickly making a prestigious name for itself. This is a great film festival for independent film makers and lovers who want to experience everything from red carpets to screenings. This is a community based event that is heavily influenced by the surrounding culture. It is one that should not be missed due to the great food, crowd, and films its draws to the small city of Lafayette.