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.”
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