Awards and Recognition

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Bronze Telly Award for “Forever My Love”

Pat Mire received the Bronze Telly in 2002.


Best Historical Documentary – “Against the Tide”

In 2000, “Against the Tide” was named Best Historical Documentary by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (“NETA”) and was a PBS Pick of the Week.


Silver Telly Award for “Against the Tide”

“Against the Tide” was awarded the Silver Telly in 2000.


Distinguished Artist Award

In 1997, the Acadiana Arts Council presented Pat with its Distinguished Artist Award. This award, which has been given only five times by the Acadiana Arts Council, is bestowed upon individuals who have achieved a level of excellence over the course of their artistic careers. Other recipients have included Zachary Richard and Sonny Landreth. Pat is the only filmmaker to have received the award.


Special Humanities Award

On December 3, 1993, Pat Mire became the first filmmaker to receive this distinguished award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.


Award of Excellence for “Dance for a Chicken”

In 1993, Pat Mire was awarded this honor by the American Anthropological Association.


Silver Telly Award for “Dance for a Chicken”

Pat Mire received the Silver Telly in 1993.


Award of Commendation for “Anything I Catch”

In 1991, Pat Mire was awarded an Award of Commendation at the Margaret Mead Film Festival.



Pat Mire Bio

Pat Mire is a prize-winning documentary and narrative fiction filmmaker based in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Mire’s cultural documentaries have been aired nationally in the United States on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and other television and on-line networks and have won awards in national and international competitions, including the Margaret Mead Film Festival and the American Anthropological Film Festival, at which he won the coveted “Award of Excellence.”
Mire’s feature film debut, Dirty Rice, was an official entry at the 1998 London Film Festival, where it played to two sold-out auditoriums. Neil Norman, film critic for the London Evening Standard, reviewed the film and wrote, “[w]hile the Big Easy, No Mercy, and more recently, Eve’s Bayou have flirted with the Cajun world, this is the real deal, 100% proof. This is not to be missed.”

Mire directed Against the Tide: The Story of the Cajun People, which was a November 2000 PBS “Pick of the Week,” had a 49.3% market coverage, and was select Best Historical Documentary by PBS.

Clay Fourrier, executive producer of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, has recognized that Mire’s work has led to a number of high-profile film projects with LPB that have been aired nationally on PBS and that have garnered “both LPB and Mr. Mire numerous awards, including nationally recognized Telly and NETA awards of excellence.” According to Mr. Fourrier, all of these films highlight “the good things about South Louisiana and the Cajun culture.” Fourrier adds that “in his films, Pat shows the contributions of real people, not Hollywood stereotypes, to our country. This is the underlying theme of all of his work.”

Pat Mire is founder and artistic director of Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Lafayette Louisiana.  Now in its 12th year, COTB was born when Hurricane Katrina canceled the New Orleans Film Festival.  It is ranked in the top 15 winter film festivals in the U.S., and with over a thousand film submissions worldwide, it screened 198 films in January 2016, most of which were world, U.S. and Louisiana premieres.  

Pat Mire was born on June 23, 1953, and grew up in a farming community near Eunice, Louisiana. He is an English and French-speaking Cajun, busy at correcting stereotypes and misconceptions about his beloved Cajun culture by presenting an insider’s perspective.

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Over the years, Pat Mire has been able to make films about his beloved Cajun Culture thanks to grants from such public institutions as the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and through private individual investment and corporate sponsorship.  In addition, Pat is available for lectures and the public screening of his films at an institutional rate.  For more information, please reach out to Pat below.

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