The Lake Charles Film Festival is an annual event founded to bring the very best of independent film and video to Calcasieu Parish. It was also founded to spotlight and award the achievements of the filmmakers behind these awesome films. 3 days of independent film screenings, seminars & workshops on filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting, celebrity appearances, parties, cajun food, live music, and much more!
The festival begins Friday with a filmmaker mixer from 7 p.m.- midnight at My Place American Pub, 630 W. Prien Lake Road. The kick-off party will feature live music by David Locklear and LOOKS:that:KILL.
Film screenings, seminars and workshops will take place 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Central School. More than 30 independent films will be screened during the festival. Filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm will give a seminar on low-budget filmmaking and self-distribution. Other workshops topics include Louisiana film history session by Ed and Susan Poole, acting, film production, directing and prop building. A movie and TV character costume party will be held from 2-3 p.m. Cosplayers are welcome.
Also, on Saturday, fans will get to meet award-winning director, Larry Wade Carrell. Carrell has earned 16 awards worldwide including the Platinum Remi Award for Best Picture at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival. He is best known for his horror creation "Jacob." Carrell will host a workshop on making films from script to screen.
There will be a festival wrap party Saturday at 9 p.m. at My Place American Pub with a performance from New Orleans band, Hollyrock. The festival concludes at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Tipitinas, 2128 Hodges St., to watch the "Best of Fest" films. Tickets to "Best of Fest" are $5 or free to VIP ticket holders.