- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana International Film Festival will return to Baton Rouge in May but not to New Orleans.

Organizers decided to center all activities for the festival’s sophomore year in the state’s capital city. LIFF executive director Chesley Heymsfield hopes the switch to hosting the event entirely in Baton Rouge will help festival-goers attend more activities and make tickets an easier sell to those flying in from out-of-state.

“We want to bring people together for a longer amount of time,” Heymsfield said.

Nola.com/The Times Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1knUSla ) the next edition of the festival is scheduled for May 8 through May 11. All films will be screened at Cinemark Perkins Rowe.

The full list of films and activities has yet to be announced, but Heymsfield said each night will feature a gala-style screening of Louisiana- or world premieres and other screenings throughout the day.

The festival will also include workshops, networking events and Q&As; with filmmakers.

Meanwhile plans have moved forward with the festival’s mentorship program through a partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The program serves LIFF’s higher purpose of creating a network of skilled talent in Louisiana for film producers and creators to draw from while in the state taking advantage of film industry tax credits, Heymsfield said.

“We’re trying to create the opportunity for this exchange of ideas,” Heymsfield said. “We want to expand upon that relationship between people who are working on films and students or people who are planning to go into that industry.”

All-access tickets are currently on sale through the festival website, https://liff2013.com for $100 each, which gives a ticket holder access to unlimited screenings.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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