Natchitoches has a long and intimate history with American cinema. The Cane River film festival represents the latest chapter in that history and we are as diverse as the community that we represent.

Our mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative student and independent filmmakers stories. We want to share their films with an audience, seek opportunities for distribution and celebrate their achievement in telling their story that they want to tell.

The Cane River film festival is not just a film festival it's an experience.

The Cane River Film Festival gives student and independent filmmakers an opportunity to network with Producers and Directors in this fall's lineup making this event more interactive and engaging.
The recipient of the CRFF award:
Some of the prizes include- Final selection in the 2020 CRFF lineup,$1,000.00 cash award , $500.00 travel expense grant and film debut in event. We will also have a plethora of directors, agents, producers and industry insiders that will attend and participate in the festival excited to meet new faces. Our 2020 Judges are Producer/ Directors..Jamie Ambler; Chis Shoemaker founder IFFF; Jacqui Pitman CEO/ President of Pitman Casting Inc. and Vick Lee. The Judges Top Five pics will consist of one grand prize winner and four filmmakers will debut film and be featured in the event. We wish you all the best and look forward to supporting your art in the Cane River film festival.

The Cane River film award will honor National and International made films from student and independent filmmakers. Those eligible for entry in the student / independent film category will pay a $100 submission fee.

Rules for submission:
In addition to eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered as a finalist.
* the submitting filmmaker must be a film student/ independent filmmaker.
*a completed official entry on must be digitally signed by the filmmaker.
*payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission.
*submit poster art for film

Overall Rating
  • Langston Williams

    Still some kinks to work out for the future, but great connections made! This is a festival that you can tell someone's heart went in to.

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Langston Williams for your support ...I am glad that our film "Stay Woke" was apart of this years award winning films. I look forward to having you back next year as a Judge and Q&A guest panel...