A student division of the University of New Orleans Department of Film and Theatre presents the 14th edition of the UNO Film Festival.

After a year hiatus, we are back to celebrate the achievements of student filmmakers and emerging professionals across the country. In lieu of hosting the festival at the Robert E. Nims theater in the University’s Performing Arts Center this year, we will be hosting the festival predominantly online. This new, digital festival format will allow us to explore a multitude of ways to share stories with broader audiences.

The UNO Film Fest is the largest student run film festival in the state of Louisiana. The festival showcases student and emerging voices from around the country that reflect the values we hold as students at the University of New Orleans. We value films that enrich our lives through diverse stories representative of our culturally vibrant city and nation.

The festival dates are May 20-22.

The festival will award films and filmmakers that exhibit high quality work in various categories including, but not limited to: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Experimental Short, Emerging Professional Short, and Graduate Thesis recognition.

Previous awards and packages from past sponsors have included nationally recognized organizations, equipment rental houses, and post production and film production assistance.

We are accepting short format student films and short format films from emerging professionals in the Louisiana area and in the larger United States including Puerto Rico and the remaining islands. Short format film is defined as having a maximum total running time of 40 minutes or less including all credits.

All student filmmakers must provide student identity through their .edu email or student identification. Student IDs can be attached to your film on the View Projects tab, under Files & Attachments. Emerging professionals are defined as filmmakers early in their career development, first-time directors/filmmakers, or recently graduated students - having graduated within the last three years.

Submission fees are waived for all current UNO students submitting to the festival. All other students will pay a $10 submission fee, and all emerging professionals or recent graduates will pay a $25 submission fee for each film submitted. All filmmakers are limited to 2 total submissions in any one category.

Fee waivers are available to those who need it; feel free to reach out to the festival directors for further information.

Overall Rating
  • Great for UNO students entering as well as other student around and non-student filmmakers around the world. It is always a pleasure to watch the programs, and to see the film community forming on the college level in New Orleans.

    May 2019
  • W. Trent Welstead

    Friendly, efficient communication. Thrilled to have been selected!

    May 2018
  • Brett Reiter

    The staff and programmers are so helpful and communicative. They graciously helped me fix a mistake. Great festival overall too!

    July 2017
  • Stella Maris

    This is a really fun fest with awesome prizes! Everyone I spoke with was extremely helpful and kind.

    May 2017
  • Joey Harmon

    Wonderful festival! I had a blast, highly recommended.

    May 2017