The New Orleans Film Society has announced the works that will compete for awards at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival. Films will vie for honors in each of three feature categories — Narrative, Documentary and Louisiana — and in four short-film categories. Directors of films screening at this year's festival (many of which have not yet been announced) represent 44 different nationalities, and Louisiana-made films account for 29 percent of the total lineup. The Festival will be held Oct. 11-19 at venues across the city.
Highlights of the Louisiana Features lineup include New Orleans filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West's autobiographical Sick to Death!; Jonathan Evans' On Our Watch, a documentary about coastal erosion; and Jorge Torres-Torres' horror film Fat Tuesday, which was shot on location during Mardi Gras.
This year's Centerpiece Film is the Louisiana-shot Mudbound, which is based on Hillary Jordan's award-winning novel and features New Orleans-based actors including Kerry Cahill and Lucy Faust. Complete lists of 2017 films in competition are here.