Cinema on the Bayou

January 26-February 2, 2022
Various Locations & Online

The 17th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, like so many film festivals and other events in the time of COVID-19, will be both in-person and online this year.  We will present over 200 Official Selections, including narrative and documentary feature and short films, as well as animated and experimental films.  Films will be available to watch online at your convenience from the comfort of home throughout the Festival. In addition, we will have daily in-person screenings at Cité des Arts, including Opening and Closing Night Films. All in-person screenings will be in compliance with applicable COVID-19 requirements. 

All-Access Passes ($100) for all in-person film screenings and for access to all films online during the Festival are available for purchase here

Opening Night Screening

Cinema on the Bayou opens with the U.S. Premiere of A SMALL FORTUNE (91 min) on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film screens at 7:00 pm. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online or at the door on the night of the event.

This beautifully shot narrative feature film out of Prince Edward Island, Canada was directed by Adam Perry, an award-winning screenwriter and director from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  The thriller tells the story of a desperate man who finds a bag of lost money off the shores of Prince Edward Island and secretly decides to keep it, a decision that turns his quaint fishing village into a growing crime scene.  This film is the largest budgeted "home-grown" project to come out of Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province, and shines a light on a part of Canada never before seen on the big screen.

During its 8-day run, the international, juried Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will screen over 200 films from across the U.S. and around the World. The films, primarily World, International, U.S. and Louisiana Premieres, include 39 feature-length narrative fiction and documentary films, over 90 narrative shorts, 25 documentary shorts, 22 animated shorts and 25 experimental films, including over 40 French language films. Two of our narrative short Official Selections, "Frimas" and "Les Grandes Claques," made the shortlist of 15 films in the Live Action Short Film category for the 94th Academy Awards.

The eight-day Festival will close on Wednesday, February, 2, 2022, with the World Premiere of the documentary feature film BIG OLD GOOFY WORLD - THE STORY OF OH BOY RECORDS (51 min), a film from two COTB alums, Nashville-based musicians and filmmakers Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard. The film tells the story of Oh Boy Records, co-founded over 40 years ago by the great John Prine, through interviews of him and his family, along with interviews of other music world professionals and vintage film footage. The screening will be followed by a sampling of John Prine music from some of Nashville's and Lafayette's finest musicians and a reception for the filmmakers at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film screens at 7:00 pm. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online or at the door on the night of the event.

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