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The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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New Orleans Film Festival 

October 16-23, 2019 / New Orleans, Louisiana /

New Orleans is nothing if not a city for new discoveries, so it makes sense that NOFF prides itself on being a discovery fest, with 90 percent of its 230-plus screenings coming from submissions. “Flip to any page of the catalogue and you’re guaranteed to find something great to watch,” promises a panelist. The submissions are filtered for diversity, with a minimum 50 percent ratio of women (or non-conforming) moviemakers and a minimum 45 percent ratio of moviemakers of color for the final lineup. You’ll likely spend free moments in a food coma, dancing to live music pumping through a historic mansion, or taking in the view of the Mississippi. “You’ll fall more in love with the city while casually meeting brilliant filmmakers,” the panelist says. “Festivals can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, but NOFF makes it easy.”

(L to R) Kristen Yoonsoo Kim (Film Critic), Peter Farrelly (Director), Nick Vallelonga (Screenwriter), Brian Currie (Screenwriter), Mike Hatton (Actor), Paul Sloan (Actor) at the Opening Night Greenbook screening Q&A. Photograph by Aaron Sarles

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    Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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