The fourth annual Southern Screen Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, November 13th, ushering in a weekend of film premieres, workshops, panels and parties. Effortlessly mixing cultural celebration with industry knowledge, Southern Screen aims to both educate and entertain in one exceptionally fun package. For four days a year, Lafayette is transformed into its own version of Sundance Film Festivalwithout the overcrowded events and freezing temperatures. SouthernScreen_Blog_Body_600x400-03 Premiering in 2011, Southern Screen Film Festival is a showcase for both local and international talent to reach a previously untapped Southern audience and talent pool. For four days each November, Lafayette locals and visiting filmmakers are immersed in a hands-on, collaborative experience in an unconventional film festival landscape. SouthernScreen_Blog_Body_600x400-02 This year, the Southern Screen selection committee accepted approximately 25 films, consisting of student films, shorts, animations and feature-length documentaries and narratives. Additionally, the programming team handpicked several independent, limited-release films to share with the community. SouthernScreen_Blog_Body_600x400-01 When filmmakers think of Louisiana, they think of New Orleans. When they come to Lafayette they realize how awesome it is, Southern Screen Director, Julie Bordelon, explains. They are so inspired and intrigued by what it is that we have here that every person that weve brought in in the past has had nothing but praise for our city. Prepare the popcorn. Heres a sampling of activities you can expect this weekend: Narrative & Documentary Features Art & Craft, a documentary about one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. November 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm at LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA I Am Eleven explores the lives of 11-year-olds in 15 countries over a period of six years. November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:40 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA Advanced Style, a documentary about New York women over 50 who turn heads with their uniquelycreative fashion sense. November 15 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 20,000 Days on Earth depicts a fictitious 24 hours in the life of Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor Nick Cave. November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA Workshops & Panels How to Be a Great Line Producer, Christina Varotsis (The Promotion, Paranormal Island) November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA),101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA The Future of Distribution, Mark Horowitz (Sales Agent) and Courtney Donoghue (Author, Professor) November 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501 What NOT to Do When Making a Short, Erica Frederick (Academy Award-nominated short film producer) November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA The Ins and Outs of Documentary Filmmaking, Bryan Sebok (The Making of Cartlandia, Dance With the One) November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501 United State The Art of Foley Workshop, Michael Lyle (Universal Studios) November 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Acadiana Center For The Arts (ACA), 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA To find out more about Southern Screen and to view the full schedule click here.