CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2015
JULY 1, 2014
The 10th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is now open for submissions through Withoutabox.
We welcome thought-provoking films of all types from around the world. We look forward to seeing what independent filmmakers have in store for our film-hungry audiences in 2015.
Submission Deadlines (Postmarked) and Fees are:
EARLY: July 31, 2014; FEE: $20
REGULAR: August 29, 2014; FEE: $25
LATE: October 31, 2014; FEE $30
EXTENDED: November 7, 2014; FEE: $40.
Submission fees can be waived for filmmaker alums and invited films. Film categories are: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short and Animated Short. "Goujon caille" award categories include: Director's Choice Special Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Inspiration Award and Audience Award.
Please visit the ABOUT section of our website for more information on film submissions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 10th CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILM FESTIVAL DATES ANNOUNCED
MAY 1, 2014
Artistic Director and Festival Founder Pat Mire has announced that the 10th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 21-25, 2015.
"We are planning many special events in celebration of COTB'S tenth anniversary," said Mire. "As the State's second longest running film festival, we have plenty to be proud of and to celebrate."
Information on film submission deadlines, planned events and sponsorship opportunities will be made available in the near future.
9TH COTB FILM FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS DESPITE
LAFAYETTE'S FIRST REAL WINTER IN YEARS
MARCH 3, 2014
As evidenced by the incredible press coverage that has gone viral across Canada, the 9th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival was a huge success this year despite the unprecedented icy weather during the annual five-day film festival.
A capacity crowd filled the Acadiana Center for the Arts for the Louisiana Premiere of the opening night film, SECRETARIAT'S JOCKEY, RON TURCOTTE, with veteran Montréal-based filmmaker Phil Comeau.
On Day Two, the Festival moved to Vermilionville where the Vue du Bayou French Language Film Series was presented with a special reception for visiting French filmmaker Stephanie Assimacopoulo.
On Day Three, in the midst of a monumental winter ice storm, the Festival continued at Vermilionville and Pack and Paddle.
By Day Four, the sun was out again, and hundreds attended a full day of films, including World, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, at AcA, as well as at the South Regional Library and Cité des Arts, Day Four ended with a rockin' performance by the legnedary BAS CLAS with special guests MICHAEL DOUCET, JONNO FRISHBERG, LESLIE SMITH and DICKIE LANDRY.
After another full day of films, Day Five closed with the Louisiana Premiere of THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC followed by music by ANN SAVOY, WILSON SAVOY and MICHAEL DOUCET.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the films and meet with many wonderful filmmakers who were able to attend, despite the weather.
9TH COTB FILM FESTIVAL HAD RECORD-SETTING NUMBER OF VISITING FILMMAKERS
FEBRUARY 7, 2014
COTB Director Rebecca Hudsmith announced that this year's Festival set a record for the number of visiting filmmakers in attendance from around the world. Among these numbers were old friends and new, including:
- Paris and Geneva-based filmmaker Stephanie Assimacopoulo;
- Montréal-based filmmakers Phil Comeau (and his brother Lucien), Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer, Félix Lamarche and composer Jean-Philippe Marchand, John Blouin and Martin Legault;
- Moncton, New Brunswick-based filmmakers Jean-Marc Goguen and Gilles Doiron and editor Martin Goguen and Kleo Richard;
- New York-based filmmaker Sarah Knight (and her mother, Sharon);
- San Francisco-based filmmaker Maureen Gosling;
- Salt Lake City-based filmmaker Chris Simon;
- Dallas-based filmmaker Jake Glenn (and the Blues Conundrum Band and friends);
- Georgia-based filmmaker Brian Campbell;
- Little Rock-based filmmaker Will Scott;
- Shreveport-based filmmakers Wendell Riley and Thomas Woodruff (and his parents and aunt);
- New Orleans-based filmmakers Kathleen Ledet (and family); Royd Anderson and Paul Dale (and cast members and friends);
- Miami-based actor and filmmaker Michael Bienvenu; and
- Austin-based filmmakers Eric Hueber and Andy Cope.
9TH COTB FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED
JANUARY 27, 2014
In closing ceremonies on Sunday, January 26, 2014, Artistic Director Pat Mire named the 9th COTB Film Festival winners of the "goujon caille" (spotted catfish) award, designed by Lafayette artist Pat Juneau and son, as follows:
Director's Choice Special Jury Award: SECRETARIAT'S JOCKEY, RON TURCOTTE (Canada); Special Jury Mention: THE NUMBERLYS (U.S.A./Louisiana).
Best Documentary Feature: THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC (U.S.A.); Special Jury Mention: NIGHT LABOR (U.S.A.) and THE BLUES CONUNDRUM (U.S.A./Texas).
Best Documentary Short: CAN'T STOP THE WATER (U.S.A./Louisiana); Special Jury Mention: DES HOMMES A LA MER (Canada/Quebec).
Best Narrative Feature: VINO VERITAS (U.S.A.); Special Jury Mention: 45RPM (U.S.A./Arkansas).
Best Narrative Short: FILMSTRIPE (Canada/Quebec); Special Jury Mention: LE TRAIN BLEU (France) and L'ETAT DES LIEUX (Canada/Quebec).
Inspiration Award: ALLER-RETOUR (Canada/New Brunswick); Special Jury Mention: SUKI (Canada/Quebec).
Audience Award: THE NATURE OF FREDERIC BACK (Canada).
Congratulations to all!
MAJOR SPONSORS OF 9TH COTB FILM FESTIVAL NAMED
JANUARY 6, 2014
COTB is honored to announce that this year's Major Sponsors for the 9th COTB Film Festival 2014 include IATSE Local 478 - Motion Picture Studio Mechanics of Louisiana and Southern Mississippi and the French Embassy Office of Cultural Services in New York City and the Office of Consul General of France in New Orleans.
Thank you to these major sponsors for their generous support!
"Fun, great peeps, great films, great food, great, great, great . . . and warmer than Moncton."
--Danny Thébeau, Filmmaker, Moncton, NB
"This is a first-class festival offering home-cooked Cajun hospitality
in the epicentre of Cajun culture."
--Marca Hagenstad, Filmmaker, Denver
"Cinema on the Bayou was one of the best festival experiences of my
documentary filmmaking career and a world class event."
--Dennis Mohr, Filmmaker, Toronto