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50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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New Orleans Film Festival 

New Orleans, Louisiana / October 17-25, 2018 / neworleansfilmfestival.org / A, S, V, P

Southern cinephiles all got first glimpses of last year’s heavyweight titles at New Orleans Film Festival—from the regional premieres of its Centerpiece film, the New Orleans-shot Mudbound, and Luca Guadagnino’s rapturous Call Me by your Name, to the U.S. premiere of Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq. NOFF flies in and puts up all of its selected feature and short moviemakers, and leads them through the gates to its annual Industry Exchange, which hosts 10-minute networking “speed dates” and facilitates over 400 one-on-one meetings between moviemakers and industry reps. Mentorships for minority moviemakers and a media presence stacked with film journo giants keep the spotlight shining on its progressive policies—chief of which is NOFF’s recently-instituted mandate that at least half of all films in the festival be helmed by women and at least 35 percent be directed by moviemakers of color.

Gabourey Sidibe takes part in a live recording for the Slate podcast Represent with Aisha Harris during the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival. Photograph courtesy of New Orleans Film Festival

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    Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

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      Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

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      Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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    Max Weinstein

    November 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Fixed, thanks for your feedback.

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    Indie Film Share

    March 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Agree, remember to have your gold professionally graded and you should ensure that you organise the correct level of insurance to cover your investment.

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