The 2020 New Orleans Film Festival, which will be held online and at the Broadside outdoor theater and the NOFF Open-Air Cinema at Lafitte Greenway, has released its initial schedule. The festival takes place November 6 - 22.
A total of 32 feature films from 12 countries are in competition for awards at this year's fest. The festival received a whopping 4,655 submissions from 105 countries. Films made in the American South represent 45 percent of all entries. Films directed by women and gender-non-conforming directors make up 57 percent of the lineup. Films by directors of color make up 58 percent of the lineup.
"Our programming team celebrates work that, in its form and construction, offers a rebuke to conventional means of filmmaking and forges new storytelling pathways," said Clint Bowie, the New Orleans Film Society's artistic director.
The lineup contains some exciting documentaries. Closed for Storm tells the story of Six Flags New Orleans. Landfall focuses on Puerto Rico's struggles in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Narrative features include Inspector Ike (a cat-and-mouse detective story) andVerde (the story of a goldmine robbery in the Dominican Republic).
Individual tickets are now on sale for NOFF members and NOFF pass holders. Tickets will be available to the general public on October 20 on NewOrleansFilmFestival.org. An all-access pass is good for all open-air cinema and virtual cinema screenings. There is also a Virtual-Shorts Pass to see all of the virtual shorts and a Virtually Everything pass to see all films in the virtual lineup.