BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana International Film Festival & Mentorship Program (LIFF) has announced its roster of films to be shown at the annual four-day event. Organizers say there are some brand-new selections as well as festival favorites, recent releases and cult classics.
The annual event will open this year on April 18 with a showing of the Morgan Neville documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” at the Joy Theatre in New Orleans. The event will then move to Baton Rouge the following day and continue through April 21.
"The LIFF line-up spotlights three themes that reflect the cultural and social history of Louisiana: Francophone films - namely films from France, Quebec, and the Middle East; films that deal with environmental issues - both to honor Louisiana Earth Day (April 21st) and to reflect Louisiana's activist interest in its own habitat; and music films that encompass musical styles ranging from doo wop and jazz to Italian opera," Ian Birnie, LIFF Program Director, said.
Opening day in Baton Rouge also features an all-day, FREE Producers' Conference & Industry Expo at the Celtic Media Centre (10000 Celtic Drive O'Connor Building Baton Rouge, LA 70809) with a sound stage converted to an industry expo open to the public. Festival guests may register to attend a wide variety of workshops on acting, music, development, production incentives and film financing hosted by industry professionals.
The main theatrical venue for the event is Cinemark in Perkins Rowe, with additional locations in Baton Rouge at the Manship Theatre downtown, the Old State Capitol, and the LSU Union Theatre.