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The New Orleans Film Festival Is Returning With A New Open-Air Format

By Secret New Orleans October 23, 2020

Reunite with your inner film critic this fall.

The New Orleans Film Festival is returning this November! Despite the limitations and unpredictability of this bizarre year, the New Orleans Film Society is not letting the pandemic stand in the way of celebrating art. Instead they are adapting, like all good creatives do.

2020 will be the 31st year of the famed festival and it will last three weeks, from November 6 until November 22. This year, enjoy the comfort of your own couch or get some fresh air while you celebrate the storytellers behind some of the best independent films out there!

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Over 160 films will be featured, which can be streamed online via NOFF Virtual Cinema, as well as viewed at Open-Air Cinemas at Lafitte Greenway and The Broadside (The Broad Theater’s new outdoor setup). The new outdoor format will be available from November 6 to November 15, and each screening will have a maximum capacity of 50 people in accordance with safety regulations established by the City of New Orleans.

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Known for presenting filmmakers with invaluable opportunities for professional growth in the industry, the New Orleans Film Festival is turning its focus this year to diversity and uplifting underrepresented communities. And we are so here for it. Directors of this year’s films represent no less than 44 different nationalities. 57% of this year’s lineup is made up of films directed by women and gender non-conforming directors, and 58% of directors are people of color.

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And it doesn’t stop there. The 2020 festival also highlights Southern voices. 26% of films were made right here in Louisiana, while 45% of films in the lineup were made in the American South.

Needless to say, festival programmers have curated this year’s lineup to perfection. And with selected films representing less than 4% of the total submissions, it’s no question that viewers can expect to be blown away by the best talent out there.

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Tickets for this year’s festival are now on sale to the general public, so don’t miss out! If you want to see it all, three different types of passes are available for purchase. You can also buy tickets for individual screenings at the Open-Air Cinemas and on the NOFF Virtual Cinema platform if there are specific films you are looking forward to seeing.

For more information, check out the New Orleans Film Festival official webpage.

Note: Masks are required to enter all event spaces, even outdoors. Social distancing will be maintained for lines and seating. Extra masks and hand sanitizers will be available.

[Featured image: New Orleans Film Festival]

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