For Immediate Release
Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540
(888) 942-3742
Iberia Film Festival 2019
Presented by the Iberia Performing Arts League
NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Film Festival will be held on August 1 - 3 at the historical Essanee Theater (126 Iberia St.) and the Sliman Evangeline Theater (129 E. Main St.) in downtown New Iberia, Louisiana.

This year they’ve added the Sliman Evangeline Theater for the screening of two documentaries, Accident and Deception: The Huey Long Shooting, with Dr Donald Pavy, and Gumbo, a film with interviews from local cooks that participated in the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. The events at the Sliman Evangeline Theater are sponsored by the City of New Iberia, Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, Iberia Performing Arts League and the Bayou Teche Museum. 

Thursday, August 1:
At 6:30 p.m., celebrate opening night of the 2019 Iberia Film Festival with the film premiere of PAVY, a documentary about Carl Weiss, who was shot 62 times and was blamed for the death of Huey Long. Now his family want the truth and history books corrected. Dr. Donald Pavy, author of Accident and Deception: The Huey Long Story, takes us through his life's pursuit of the truth.

Attendees will be able to sample food from area chefs. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Friday, August 2:
At 6 p.m., a special screening of the full-length documentary GUMBO will be shown. GUMBO is a documentary that further explains the details of gumbo including the basic components, its historical and cultural implications and the various types of gumbo. This film is told from the filmmaker’s point of view, fully investigates all theories of origin, and provides a variety of preparations and perspectives.

Attendees will be able to sample gumbo from local gumbo chefs that appear in the movie. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Saturday, August 3:
From 1 – 9 p.m., the Iberia Film Festival Short Film Screenings will be held at the Essanne Theater. Over 40 short films have been submitted. Only 26 short films will be selected and viewed during the one day of film screenings. Among the entries were filmmakers from Spain, Mexico, Portugal, France, Hong Kong, Ireland and in the U.S. Missouri, New York, Texas and Iowa. From Louisiana are films from New Orleans, River Ridge, Youngsville, Jeanerette, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Belle Chasse, Ponchatoula and New Iberia.

The top three winning Louisiana filmmakers will be interviewed on the new Louisiana Film Channel which is scheduled to launch in January 2020. Tickets are $10 online and at the door.

Purchase Tickets:
Online tickets for all 3 events can be purchased at Advance tickets can be purchased at the Bayou Teche Museum (131 E. Main St.) and The Daily Iberian (926 E. Main St.).

For a list of films and showtimes, visit the Iberia Film Festival website and Facebook. For more information, contact Mark Boyance by email or call (337)256-1938.

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center in New Iberia, Louisiana.
For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit