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Lake Charles Film & Music Festival Seeking Submissions

The third annual Lake Charles Film & Music Festival will take place October 10-12 with independent film screenings, live music, seminars and workshops in downtown Lake Charles. The festival is currently seeking entries for films that have been completed after January 1, 2012.

There are submission categories for Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, Foreign Film, Home Grown, Student, Music Video and Animation.  These films will compete to win a “Scallywag” award and cash prizes.

More information and submission forms are available on The deadline for entries is August 13.lake charles

“Last year’s festival was such a success, that we are expanding this year and adding a music festival component. We’ll be taking music submissions from bands and solo artists,” said Patrick Bennett, executive director of the Lake Charles Film & Music Festival.

In addition to viewing films, this year’s festival includes a celebrity guest appearance by actor, writer, producer, director and singer Wesley Eure. Eure starred in the TV series Land of the Lost and was on Days of Our Lives for nine years. He also appeared in the feature film C.H.O.M.P.S. with Valerie Bertinelli.

The film festival will include seminars and workshops on screenwriting, acting, filmmaking, stop motion animation, making a TV series and much more.

The Lake Charles Film Festival is produced by Louisiana Film & Video Art, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to bring quality independent film festivals, special film screenings, and educational filmmaking workshops to Lake Charles and showcase the artistic talents of Louisiana filmmakers around the world.

2013 Fear Fête Horror Film Festival Calls for Entries

The third annual Fear Fête Horror Film Festival has opened its early entry period for horror film submissions. During the early submission period, the festival invites all filmmakers from around the world to submit their independent horror films for free until February 15, 2013.

Fear Fête is Louisiana’s premier horror film festival, showcasing many of the world’s best independent horror films over the course of three nights in October. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will host the 2013 festival once again, showcasing short and feature-length films in sub-genre categories of horror.

“We are stoked to be kicking off another year of offering film submissions for the 2013 festival. We look forward to seeing all the great films submitted and hope to smash another record for number of submissions once again this year,” stated Derek Morris, Executive Director for Fear Fête.

The festival will be held in October 2013. Dates and venue will be announced at a later date.

Official Entry rules and the entry form can be accessed here. The deadline for all submissions for the 2013 Fear Fête Horror Film Festival is June 28, 2013.

Southern Screen Now Accepting Film Submissions

Southern Screen is now accepting submissions from Southern filmmakers for the upcoming film festival that is scheduled for November 15 – 18 in Lafayette. Film submissions from Southern filmmakers will be accepted for all types of films including student film, short film, documentaries, features, animation and music videos.

Interested filmmakers can download a submission form by visiting The submission form, along with the film and $20-$25 entry fee, can be mailed or dropped off to the attention of Southern Screen Film Festival at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, located at 211 East Devalcourt Street. The deadline for film submissions is August 25. Tickets for the festival will be available September 1 at or at the festival.

Southern Screen is a four-day film festival that focuses on the art and education of filmmaking by bringing artists from around the nation to showcase their films as well as host educational panels and workshops for Acadiana filmmakers. Southern Screen’s goal is to encourage community enrichment and investment in the art of international independent film and filmmakers in Acadiana by sharing creative works, valuable knowledge and our way of life with artists and their audiences.

For more information about the film festival or details about film submissions visit or e-mail

Louisiana International Film Festival Basics

Interview with Chesley Heymsfield, founder and executive director of LIFF

The inaugural Louisiana International Film Festival (LIFF) will be held April 18-21, 2013 in Baton Rouge. We spoke with the festival’s founder and executive director, Chesley Heymsfield, to find out more about this exciting new event.

Chesley Heymsfield

Louisiana Film & Video Magazine: How did the idea for the festival begin?

Chesley Heymsfield: The festival started out of pure curiosity. After helping my parents move to Louisiana, I had heard that Louisiana was a high production state, so I went on a bit of a walkabout around the state, talking to all kinds of people directly and indirectly affiliated with filmmaking. The festival was borne out of us wanting to act as a crossroads and encourage local talent to interact with non-local talent.

LFVM: What does the festival hope to achieve?

CH: The Louisiana International Film Festival aims to provide a forum of discussion where people may build lifelong relationships and develop skills that enable them to play a central role in the industry.

In general, established filmmakers enjoy contributing to the mentorship of new filmmakers—everyone remembers people who helped them when they were just starting out. These are amazing local opportunities where we can serve as a facilitator for natural networking and interaction.

LFVM: What is your focus right now?

CH: Our focus now is to get people on board with the festival. There is already a natural movement here, and we just happen to be a part of it. We are excited and fortunate to be surrounded by visionary leaders and have support from both the public and private sectors in Louisiana. We are very appreciative of support from the Office of Lt. Governor, Louisiana Technology Park, Noesis Data, Manship Theater, and others. We are reaching across Louisiana to reflect all of the state’s interesting and diverse cultures, traditions and people.

LFVM: How would you describe your overall vision?

CH: Our vision is to bring all the pieces together under one roof, where prospective and recurring productions may travel to one location to receive the latest updates about filming in and across the state.

LFVM: What do you see in the future?

CH: All major film festivals take time to grow naturally from the ground up with effort from many people, and so you have your short-term and long-term vision. Many of the festivals, such as Cannes, were even founded during difficult times, and the people gathered together to ensure the festival’s survival and prosperity. With any major community-driven endeavor, it’s the people who are going to make this possible. The people of Louisiana are our backbone.

LFVM: What kinds of events will the festival hold?

CH: The festival will have a yearlong presence with events, such as premiere film screenings, filmmaker discussions, and other interactive opportunities. And we will have our annual festival each year in the spring. Our inaugural festival will be held April 18-21, 2013 in Baton Rouge, where we will host a competitive juried film festival with the year’s best in celebrated independent film from around the world.

LFVM: How can filmmakers get involved?

CH: If you are a filmmaker interested in submission, you may check our Facebook page (Louisiana International Film Festival) and our Web site ( shortly for our submission guidelines.

LFVM: Anything else you’d like to share about LIFF?

CH: LIFF was created with the purpose of promoting the film industry’s indigenous growth, along with its international reputation as an artistic and financial force in the global film market. By virtue of acting as a hub for congregation and commerce, who knows how many opportunities people can create? That’s the exciting part; it’s unlimited.

LAF Accepting Submissions for Director’s Competition

Louisiana Arts & Film Organization (LAF) and Our First Fight is currently accepting submissions for their director’s competition. The contest accepts submissions from directors of all levels of experience. Each director will submit a music video treatment for one of Our First Fight’s songs (“Time” or “Under”). The field is then narrowed down to the top two music video treatments and Our First Fight will consult with the LAF selection committee to select a winner.

Along with the award, LAF may extend a full production crew, as well as editing and equipment, for the music video shoot. If selected, the director will have meaningful consultation with the band Our First Fight before shooting the music video.

Recently, Our First Fight was nominated in 225 Magazine’s Best Local Band category. Several students from Baton Rouge Community College’s entertainment technology program will assist with this project, as well as LAF members.

Louisiana Arts & Film Organization is a nonprofit organization formed to help artists and filmmakers in Louisiana. For more information on submitting to this contest or joining Louisiana Arts and Film, visit You must be a registered member to enter the competition.