The 7th annual Pontchartrain Film Festival will be held Nov. 2-3, 2018 at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot Museum, 675 Lafitte Street.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival focuses on filmmaking as an art form, with educational programs that include a filmmakers' forum, exhibits and hands-on workshops to engage the public with the local film economy and training opportunities. The festival weekend is held each year on the first weekend in November and has become a unique culural arts event that draws filmmakers and audiences from throughout the region.
Admission is $5 for the Friday night feature, and one $5 admission will get viewers into any of the screenings on Saturday. Tickets available in advance at www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com/tickets and at the door, as space is available.
Opening Night Feature: The festival opens on Friday, Nov. 2 with the feature Leah Chase: The Queen of Creole Cuisine, to begin at 7:00 pm. A meet-and-greet with filmmaker Bess Carrick and executive producer Jim Dotson begins at 6:30 pm.
Louisiana Made Short Films: At 3:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 3, the festival continues with the PFF7 Short Film Showcase, a curated selection of films by emerging Louisiana filmmmakers. Q&A with filmmamers in attendance.
Louisiana Film Prize Winners: At 5:00 pm, see the Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize winners, including the $50,000 winner.
PFF7 FALL TOUR
The 2018 Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour, in its second year, will bring a curated selection of films made by Louisiana filmmakers or with subjects of interest to Louisiana residents on a multi-city tour in the months leading up to the November festival. Three films are planned.
Friday, September 14
Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall - 430 Lamarque St, Mandeville, LA 70448
The story of the life of James Booker. Filmmaker Lily Keber in attendance for Q&A.
Friday, October 19
A Tribute to Toussaint
Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville, LA 70448
In partnership with Ozone Songwriters Festival. Filmmakers in attendance for Q&A.
Wednesday, October 24
Hand of the Master: The Art and Life of Dom Gregory De Witt
St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433
Filmmaker David Warren in attendance for Q&A.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.PontchartrainFilmFestival.com. Questions, email info@PontchartrainFilmFestival.com.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Filmmakers taking home awards from the 2018 Student Short Film Showcase of the Pontchartrain Film Festival included (Left to Right): Langston Williams, Nick Manning, Brandon Ellis and Crawford Lemoine. (Kara Martinez Bachman photo, for NOLA.com)