STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: The annual Pontchartrain Film Festival Student Short Film Showcase competition for Louisiana college and high school students moves this year to the Spring of 2018. Short films, 30 minutes and under, can be submitted through May 16 through FilmFreeway. The Showcase will be part of the Pontchartrain Film Festival Spring Tour of films at venues throughout the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Details at

LOUISIANA MADE SHORT FILMS: The 7th Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival Student will be held Nov. 2 and 3, 2018 at the Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, 675 Lafitte St. , Mandeville, Louisiana. The PFF will screen a curated selection of Louisiana Made Short Films as part of the festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Films may be submitted through October 13, 2018 of short films made in Louisiana or by Louisiana residents.

The PFF brings high-quality films, filmmakers, artists, exhibitions and workshops to the public and has become a unique cultural arts event that draws filmmakers and audiences from throughout the region. The PFF is is a project of the nonprofit Olde Towne Arts Center and hosted by the City of Mandeville.

For information, visit or email

The PFF STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE moves to the spring in 2018 and will be held June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead. There will be a $100 cash award for Best College Film and Best High School Film. The public is invited to the screening to vote for their favorite film in the annual Audience Awards competition in each category.

FILMS MUST BE MADE IN LOUISIANA OR BY LOUISIANA RESIDENTS. Entries to the STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE must be 30 minutes or less in length, and 15 minutes and under are recommended.

Overall Rating
  • false
    Mary McDade Casteel

    Fantastic festival that supports local and student filmmakers!

    November 2017
  • false
    Stella Maris

    This is a very intimate, fun venue. The projection and sound were remarkably crisp and the festival coordinators were extremely hospitable. I enjoyed the size of the fest and felt like I had a chance to talk with everyone in the audience afterward. Getting immediate feedback about my film was really nice!

    April 2017
  • false
    Daneeta Jackson

    What a lovely little festival! My short doc "Mr. Joe lives alone" screened in a block of Louisiana shorts. I was blown away by the quality of the films. One made me cry, a few took my breath away. The packed audience was totally engaged and asked some very good questions in the Q&A. This is what cinema is about! I didn't expect that there would be much networking as it's a small festival, but I was wrong. I ended up networking with loads of Louisiana filmmakers. We shared a lot of info, exchanged contacts, and just generally had a great time drinking wine and watching cinema. Well done to the organizers! It was lovely!

    November 2016
  • false
    Kyle Kleinecke

    I've had two short films screen at this festival. The festival staff are awesome! My favorite thing about this festival is it takes great pride in student work. Honoring and encouraging future filmmakers is very important. Thank you!

    November 2016