Friday, March 25, 2016


Film submissions are now open for the 12th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, which will be held January 25 - February 1, 2017, and cane be made through FilmFreeway and WITHOUTABOX.

Deadlines and Fees:

Earlybird Deadline - June 3, 2016 - $30.00
Regular Deadline - August 5, 2016 - $40.00
Late Deadline - October 7, 2016 - $50.00
Extended Deadline - November 4, 2016 - $60.00
Notification Date of Official Selections -  December 2, 2016

Film Categories:

Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
Animated Short


The "goujon caille" (the spotted catfish -- Cajun culture's most prized catfish) by renowned artists Pat and Andre Juneau are juried awards given in each film category, along with the following awards:

Director's Choice Special Jury Award
Le Train Bleu Award
Inspiration Award
Audience Award.

For more information on film categories, awards and the rules and regulations of the Festival, please visit our website.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

7th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival Set for Jan. 25-29, 2012 in Lafayette, LA

Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, now in its seventh year, is pleased to announce that this year's Festival will open with the U.S. Premiere of Délivrance, the dramatic story of a group of courageous Acadians and their escape from the British in 1756. The narrative film premiered across Canada this past fall with great fanfare. The amazing cast and crew created a “great snapshot of the hell Acadians were subject to during the great expulsion,” says film and music writer Jim Lavoie. “Well written, directed, shot and acted,” this is “one film that ‘Delivered’ as promised.”

The film will screen on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette with New Brunswick based filmmakers Donovan Richard and Danny Thebeau in attendance to introduce the film. A reception for the filmmakers will follow at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at or at the door.

Also, as the world mourns the death of boxing legend Joe Frazier, the Festival is proud to present Joe Frazier: When The Smoke Clears, a feature documentary which tells the story of the real Joe Frazier. The film, which has been hailed as “superb and heartfelt” and “inspirational,” is more than just a boxing film – although it is definitely that; but it is also the story of a son's love and admiration for his father and the importance of his father and the sport to the greater community. Realscreen Magazine has called it a “must see” film.

The film, which screened this fall in Philadelphia, the adopted city of the legendary fighter; in New York City, on the day of Frazier’s death; and at the 49th Annual World Boxing Council Convention in Las Vegas, will make its Southern U.S. Premiere at the Festival.

The Festival is also very pleased to announce that the Whitney Bank has come on board as a major funding sponsor for this year’s five-day festival, which includes films screenings, provocative panel discussions and nightly parties through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. “The Festival would not be possible without the generous financial contribution of the Whitney Bank, as well as the support of our many other community partners, including Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission, Acadiana Center for the Arts, LITE, Pack and Paddle, the Lafayette Parish South Regional Library, and our many loyal individual donors,” said filmmaker Pat Mire, the founder and artistic director for the Festival.

Additional attending filmmakers and films include:

World renown outdoor adventure filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins of Quebec, whose films Ice Philosophy and Encounters will make their Louisiana premieres at the Festival;

Two of Austin’s hottest filmmakers, Andy Cope and Eric Hueber, whose delightfully funny film, Rainbows End, a journey film about one bus, six men, two roosters, a dream, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, will make its Louisiana premiere; and

The Festival will also present a series of narrative shorts with the filmmakers in attendance, including:

Brian Nelson’s Keeper of the Flame;
Ji Choi’s Holding His Rabbits;
Jon Gunnar Gylfason’s Fingers;
Chris Spear’s Shock; and
Bart Wild’s The Bingo Bandito, which will make its World Premiere at the Festival.

Other films that will be screened include Happy (Louisiana Premiere), The Natural State of America (Louisiana Premiere), Bridge To War Eagle (Louisiana Premiere), Mississippi Innocence (Louisiana Premiere), Wrestling for Jesus (Louisiana Premiere), A Weaverly Path - The Tapestry Life Of Silvia Heyden (Louisiana Premiere), Colores del Carnaval Dominicano (Louisiana Premiere), Puppet, Howard Citizen - The Man And The Music He Loves, and a host of others.

A complete schedule of events, including film screenings, panel discussions and parties, can be found at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"Goujon Caille" Winners Are A Hit At TIFF!

COTB's darling filmmaker team of David Redmon and Ashley Sabin are taking the world by storm with their latest film "Girl Model." They have been with us twice and each time walked away with a "goujon caille" award. Congratulations from Pat and Rebecca. Check out the review.

7th Cinema on the Bayou Set for Jan. 25-29, 2012

The 7th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is scheduled for January 25-29, 2012. We are now accepting film submissions:

Please send TWO DVD copies of the film to us at 101 Duclos Street, Lafayette, LA 70506, along with the following information (there is NO submission fee at this time):

1. Film Title, date of completion and a one paragraph synopsis of the film;

2. Filmmakers, including producer and director, and contact information, including address, phone, and e-mail;.

3. Length of film, production format, and presentation format;

4. Previous screenings, including all previous screenings and upcoming screenings in Louisiana, and awards;

5. Press kit, if any; and

6. A signed statement confirming that you are authorized to submit the film, have cleared all intellectual property rights necessary for the screening of the film at this film festival, and hold harmless Cinema on the Bayou from any liability arising from the submission or use of the film.

All submissions become the property of Cinema on the Bayou. DVD's will not be returned unless prepaid postage is provided. If the film is accepted, it is with the understanding that clips, photos and stills of and related to the film may be used to promote the Festival.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Film Festival Opening Night Film and Filmmaker Reception at AcA on Wednesday, Jan. 26th

The Cinema on the Bayou Film Society is pleased to announce that the 6th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will open on Wednesday, Jan. 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts with the Louisiana premiere of "Disfarmer: A Portrait of America," a documentary on a master portrait photographer who created hauntingly beautiful portraits of the towns people of Heber Springs, Arkansas in the 1940's and 50's. The film will screen in the new James Devin Moncus Theater at the AcA.

Toronto, Canada based filmmaker Dennis Mohr will introduce the film and participate in an audience Q&A afterwards. The film screening will be followed by an opening night reception with complimentary wine and boudin. Tickets are $10 per person/$8 for AcA members and can be purchased at the door or online at

A complete schedule of films and events over the course of the annual five-day Festival can be found at

Monday, November 1, 2010

6th Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival

The 6th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 26-30, 2011, in Lafayette, Louisiana. Stayed tuned for announcements about film screenings and filmmakers who will be in attendance.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

5th Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival Scheduled

The 5th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 27-31, 2010. Submissions are now being accepted. See for more information.