The 15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
January 22 - January 29
THE 15TH CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILM FESTIVAL, JANUARY 22-29, 2020
Lafayette, LA, January 7, 2020. The nonprofit Cinema on the Bayou Film Society is pleased to announce that the 15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, an international juried film festival, will take place beginning on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, through Wednesday, January 29, 2020, and will screen nearly 200 films at venues in and around Lafayette and Opelousas. The 2020 lineup of official selections includes 40 feature-length narrative fiction and documentary films and 148 short films, including narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films. The majority of the films are World, International or U.S. Premieres from across the United States and Canada as well as from France, Japan, Slovenia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, Haiti, Germany, Ireland, Argentina, India, Lebanon, Taiwan, Turkey and Cambodia, including over 60 French language films. In addition, the Festival will present panel discussions, music and nightly socials with directors, producers, cinematographers, distributors, actors, film festival organizers, and other industry professionals from L.A., New York, Austin, Portland, Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans, Shreveport, Toronto, Montréal, Moncton, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin and London.
The Festival will open with the Red Carpet World Premiere screening of WHEN WE KILL THE CREATORS on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508. Los Angeles-based filmmaker Cynthia Mort will be in attendance along with the film’s star, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film screens at 6:30 pm, followed by a gala reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.cinemaonthebayou.com or at the door on the night of the event. This beautifully shot narrative feature film tells the story of a singer’s improbable journey to reach her dreams and, when she does, the price she has paid. It features music by Ms. Mort and Ms. Lynne, with music performances by Ms. Lynne that were recorded live – no filters, no pro tools, just her beautiful, God-given voice. The film also features Tony Joe White, Ally Walker and Elisabeth Röhm.
The eight-day Festival will close on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, with the International Premiere of the narrative feature film POUR MIEUX T’AIMER (TO BETTER LOVE YOU) directed by Moncton-based Acadie filmmakers Denise Bouchard and Gilles Doiron. The film, which tells the story of a family whose mother disappeared 30 years earlier without leaving a trace, made its World Premiere at the Festival International du Cinema Francophone En Acadie, in November of 2019, where it won the Leonard Forest Prize for Best Acadian Long Film. Director Gilles Doiron will attend the film screening, which will be followed by a gala reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at www.cinemaonthebayou.com or at the door on the night of the event. The film will screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.
In addition to the Vermilionville Performance Center, films will be screened throughout the Festival at Cité des Arts in Downtown Lafayette, as well as all day Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The always-entertaining Festival Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday evening followed by a music performance by Hamilton, Ontario cellist brothers Maximilian and Theodor Aoki. The super talented brothers star in THINGS I DO FOR MONEY, which will make its U.S. Premiere at the Festival. Films will also be screened at the Lafayette Parish Public Library South Regional Branch and at St. Landry Cinema in Opelousas.
Among the judges, panelists and other special guests in attendance during this year’s Festival will be “the bad boy of Québec cinema,” Montréal-based filmmaker Marc-André Forcier, who will attend the U.S. Premiere of his latest narrative feature film, LES FLEURS OUBLIÉES (FORGOTTEN FLOWERS). In addition, Cinema on the Bayou will continue its partnerships with three prominent film festivals in Canada: Québec City Film Festival, Festival Les Percéides, and Festival International du Cinema Francophone En Acadie. Representatives from these festivals will be in attendance, along with filmmakers from Moncton and Québec, and will present films and participate in a bi-lingual roundtable discussion about French language film. Additionally, COTB alum and Montréal-based Acadie filmmaker Phil Comeau will attend the screening of two of his most recent films, and Québecois filmmaker André Gladu, the National Film Board of Canada’s darling who, with our founder Pat Mire, helped give birth to Cinema on the Bayou, will attend the festival with the U.S. Premiere of his latest film. Festival Judges include Academy and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Wendell Riley of Shreveport, filmmaker Andy Cope of Austin, Texas, and Sylvain Garel of Paris, France, with the Association internationale des maires francophones.
Films in competition are eligible to win our coveted “goujon caille” award created by local artists Pat and André Juneau.
Tickets for all Festival screenings and events (exclusive of screenings at the Lafayette Parish Public Library, which are free), including festival passes and individual tickets, are available for purchase through Eventbrite at www.cinemaonthebayou.com. A complete descripton of the films is posted on the Festival website. A complete schedule of film screenings and events will be posted in mid-January.
The 15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is presented by Cinema on the Bayou Film Society, a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit Louisiana corporation. Major sponsors include Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vermilionville, and Acadiana Cinemas. Contributing sponsors and partners include Acadiana Center for the Arts, Cité des Arts, the Lafayette Parish Public Library South Regional Branch, St. Landry Parish Travel, Chateau Hotel, Teamwork Solutions, Mouton Plantation, Channel One Digital, and SO Studio. International sponsors and partners include the Québec Government, the National Film Board of Canada, the French Counsel General of New Orleans, Louisiana, Télé-Louisiane, Rendez-vous Amérique, Québec City Film Festival, FICFA.