BATON ROUGE, La. (WGMB) — The Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program  (LIFF), a brand-new film festival celebrating indigenous and international films with an ambitious Mentorship Program is announcing a call for entries for its inaugural Festival to be held April 18-21, 2013.
“We founded The Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program to act as a conduit for our state’s ample and untapped creativity," Chesley Heymsfield, LIFF Director, said. "LIFF is more than a film festival; it is a bridge between the local people who dream of becoming filmmakers and those veteran artists who know that mentorship can help to promote social change through direct access to opportunity. The Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program exists to promote Louisiana's budding film industry year-round with mentorship and education while at the same time nurturing the state's international reputation as a place of—and showcase for—artistic creativity. ”
The first submission deadline is January 7, 2013. Click here  for the submission form.
The four-day festival, presented by The Louisiana Office of Lieutenant Governor (Louisianatravel.com); Louisiana Technology Park; The Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge and Noesis Data, opens Thursday, April 18, 2013 with an opening night and post-premiere party in New Orleans.
In the days that follow, festival guests will enjoy: competition screenings competing for the “Spoonbill Award,” named for the colorful bayou waterfowl; a producers’ conference at Raleigh Film and Television Studios Baton Rouge at The Celtic Media Centre; an Earth Day program on film and the environment at the Old State Capitol; a free “Movie on the Mississippi” outdoor screening; performances by Louisiana musicians; a seafood cook-off; and out-of competition screenings of upcoming studio films.
"We are thrilled to support this organization that celebrates film production in Louisiana and educates Louisianans, providing them the skills necessary to work in the film industry in their home state,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, said.