SHREVEPORT, La., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Winners of the 2016 Louisiana Film Prize (lafilmprize.com) were announced at a sold out awards ceremony held on Sunday, October 2nd. The Film Prize’s top award of $50,000 cash – judged by a mixture of audience and celebrity judge votes and is one of the world’s largest prizes awarded to a short film – went to The Man From Mars directed by Jonnie Stapleton (Valley Village, California).
The Top 5 films, as judged by audience and judge votes, receive iTunes Distribution through Shorts International along with automatic festival appearances around the country. Those films are: Memoir, directed by Alexander Jeffrey, The Man from Mars, directed by Jonnie Stapleton, Native, co-directed by Travis Champagne and Stephen Kinigopolous, The Stand, directed by Eva Contis, and Ya Albi, directed by Christine Chen.
The Film Prize celebrity judges also awarded seven $3,000 Founder’s Circle Filmmaking Grants to make a film for Film Prize 2016. The winners: The Verses by Jency Griffin Hogan, Ruthless: A Hip Hopera by Tanesha Morris, The Stand by Eva Contis, The 30 Year Deal by Travis Bible and He Could’ve Gone Pro by McGhee Monteith.
The $1,000 Best Actress and Actor award was presented to Frances Watson of The Importance of Sex Education and Kemerton Hargrove of The 30 Year Deal.
This year’s Louisiana Film Prize Festival was a sold out event with record breaking ticket sales with attendees from all over the country.
Preliminary economic impact numbers provided by festival organizers show that the festival’s economic impact on northwestern Louisiana (from films produced for the Film Prize and the festival weekend) has grown significantly since the inaugural event in 2012. In the first three years, the Louisiana Film Prize brought in over 7.5 million dollars of economic impact. The estimated economic impact of the 2016 event is close to four million for the area.
“The Film Prize has once again shown that we are the preeminent indie film showcase in the country,” said Kallenberg. “These 21 films have been created by some of the most talented filmmakers on the planet, and that’s why we’re especially proud of our winner Jonnie and his film ‘The Man from Mars.”
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