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Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana International Film Fest & Mentorship Program THURSDAY APRIL 18-SUNDAY APRIL 21 Baton Rouge
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What is LIFF?
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Beasts of the Southern Wild premiere.
The Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) aims to act as a conduit for education and outreach where the residents of Louisiana may obtain skills and relationships that enable them to play a central role in the State’s burgeoning film industry. Created as a nexus for local talent, LIFF provides access to opportunity through carefully developed mentorship programs, workshops, guest lectures, and competitive screenings. The festival's signature event is its inaugural launch April 18 - 21, 2013 in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA).
What is this festival all about?
A film festival is an extended presentation of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues, usually in a central location. Film festivals provide an excellent platform for filmmakers and distributors to build an audience prior to distribution. Sometimes there is a focus on a specific filmmaker or genre or subject matter, such as horror film festivals. The Louisiana International Film Festival will focus on American Independents, World Cinema and Louisiana’s unique arts & culture, music and history.
Why do we need this?
Currently, due to the quickly expanding Louisiana film industry, we need to develop a supportive creative infrastructure that acts as a conduit for local filmmakers to connect, learn from and work with filmmakers coming into State. The Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program can be an active part of that vital network. Currently there is no film festival model in the State that provides top-tier workshops, mentorship programs, co-production or a distribution markets. LIFF can grow to become this model.
Why not? Louisiana currently has one of the best tax incentives in the country for filming. For the last decade several states have fought to be the entertainment industry’s second home by providing excellent incentives. Louisiana has succeeded and is known as the State that offers the best incentives in the country for filming. We believe with the film festival’s international recognition, that a newly minted talent pool will be formed. It is our desire that organic networking, mentoring and training programs grow out of this artistic professional gathering. Having a festival is a natural progression in contributing to the burgeoning growth.