The 3rd Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival will take place Nov. 7-9 at the Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive in Slidell. Presented by the Olde Town Arts Center, the Festival spotlights regional films and is accepting submissions through Oct. 27 from high school and college filmmakers in Louisiana for inclusion in its Student Short Film Showcase. Films must be less than 30 minutes long and filmmakers must be currently enrolled in school. Prizes include a gift card from Lakeside Camera. Go here for full submission guidelines.
Also featured in this year's Festival are screenings of Bayou Maharajah, Lily Keber's groundbreaking film about New Orleans Piano Prince James Booker; Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney' Dear Governor Cuomo, a 2012 documentary and about a concert to rally New Yorkers Against Fracking; and local film legend Glen Pitre's little-seen 2003 film Home Front, which stars Tatum O'Neil, Tim Curry and Julian Sands and tells the story of German POWs in coastal Louisiana during World War II. The Festival's full schedule is available here.