Several high schools and college have just concluded their film festivals so we have extended the deadline through Sunday, May 20 to give students, and winners from their schools, to submit their films:

STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: Students in Louisiana high schools and colleges can enter their newly made short films in an annual competition for cash prizes.
 
The annual Pontchartrain Film Festival Student Short Film Showcase has moved from the fall festival date to the spring to increase the opportunity for emerging filmmakers to showcase their latest works.
 
Students can now submit short films up to 30 minutes in length, although 15 minutes or less is encouraged. The final deadline to enter is May 16 and films must be submitted online at www.filmfreeway.com/PontchartrainFilmFestival-350581. Students should identify the school they attend, or where their home is, if attending an out-of-state school.
 
Louisiana college and high school students’ works selected for competition will be screened this year at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, Louisiana. A question and answer session will follow the screening with the filmmakers in attendance. Winners will be announced following the Q&A.
 
There will be a cash award of $100 each for the jury selection of Best College Film and Best High School Film. The public is invited to the screening to vote for their favorite film in each category for the annual Audience Awards competition. Ballots are given out at 4 p.m. and votes are collected from those who view all the films in the competition category.
 
The competition is sponsored by the Pontchartrain Film Festival and hosted by the City of Mandeville. For information, visit www.PontchartrainFilmFestival.com or email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.

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 www.PontchartrainFilmFestival.com or email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.

There will be a cash award of $100 each for the jury selection of Best College Film and Best High School Film. Louisiana college and high school students’ works selected for competition will be screened this year at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, Louisiana. The public is invited to the screening to vote for their favorite film in each category for the annual Audience Awards competition. Ballots are given out at 4 p.m. and votes are collected from those who view all the films in the competition category. A question and answer session will follow the screening with the filmmakers in attendance. Winners will be announced following the Q&A.
 
 

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.

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  • Mary McDade Casteel

    Fantastic festival that supports local and student filmmakers!

    November 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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