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Jan 23, 2013 8:49 AM by Kristen Holloway

8th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival

Film makers from around the world have descended on the Hub City. They're here for the 8th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. This festival has grown tremendously over the years. Organizers of this years event say they are expecting over 4,000 people, far more than when the festival started in 2005. As the film industry continues to grow in Louisiana right now, all eyes are on Lafayette.
"Songs of Souls is based on the folklore of Leadbelly, a Louisiana musician who sang his way out of prison twice first in Texas than in Louisiana from Angola," said Director Ronnie Clifton.
Clifton will screen his independent film "Songs of Souls" on Sunday. It's the only film produced in Lafayette that will be screened at Cinema on the Bayou.
"I spoke with musicians about what would they perform if they were in similar circumstance trying to sing their way out the gates of hell, prison or into the gates of heaven," said Clifton.
Cinema on the Bayou, Louisiana's second oldest film festival, is an annual five-day event founded in 2005 by filmmaker Pat Mire, who now serves as the artistic director of the festival.
now in its eighth year, the festival is held on the last week of January at various venues around Lafayette.
"We had 340 submissions from all over the world and we're screening 30 films so you're doing 10 percent or less of the submissions. We have a process where we accept the films we look at it and if they're good enough we send them out to a screening committee, said Mire.
Both Mire and Clifton say the mission is to advance the understanding of Cajun and Creole Culture through film screenings, panels and cultural exchanges among French Louisiana.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the other film makers that are competing in the film festival and sharing ideas and learning," said Clifton.
The festival continues until Sunday night at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and at Vermillion Ville.
For Cinema on the Bayou schedule of events go to this link http://www.cinemaonthebayou.com/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=list&listid=11&Itemid=149

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