October 9-12, 2014
Winter is coming to the House of Film Prize! The third annual Louisiana Film Prize Festival lands in Shreveport October 9th-12th, 2014 and incorporates the Opening Party and Louisiana Music Prize on Thursday, October 9th. This year we shattered our previous record of registered film projects at over 100 entries and if Film Prize 2013 surprised you, get ready for the 22 Jump Street of festivals, because this one is going to be just as badass. Get tickets ONLINE NOW. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
What the Hell is the Louisiana Film Prize?
This October, Shreveport-Bossier will yet again host one of the most unique film festivals in the country, and we’re giving out one of the world’s largest cash prizes for a short film, plus acting prizes, grants, and distribution as well. The best part? You will be one of the judges. The Louisiana Film Prize is a wild mashup of film festival crowd-driven American Idol-style cinema showdown with a sprinkle of crazy on top. It’s a whole weekend of 20 short films shot right here in Northwest Louisiana where you can watch the movies, meet filmmakers from around the country, hobnob with celebrity judges, and cast your vote for the ultimate winner of the Louisiana Film Prize.
The Where and How
2) Arrive at the festival for our opening party on Thursday, October 9th which is also the Louisiana Music Prize at Voodoo Cafe on Commerce Street in Downtown Shreveport! Your LAFP Festival Pass also grants you access to Music Prize.
3) Come to the Louisiana Film Prize Festival Central – 700 block of Texas Street – beginning Friday at noon where you can pick up your pass if you did not attend Music Prize and begin planning the screenings you want to attend. The sooner the better as seating is first-come, first-served. You must watch all 20 short films – separated into two slates – in order to cast your vote. Each slate will consist of ten films each and go a little like this: countdown, welcome and “How to Film Prize” video, five short films, an intermission, and then five more films. All in all, watching both slates is like watching a double feature.
Your pass will be punched AFTER each screening is completed which will take you one step closer to being able to cast your vote. You may not leave the theater or you will be unable to get your pass punched. Slates typically run about two hours each and will be screened over 15 times between Friday at noon and Saturday evening, after which the film screenings will end.
Seating is not reserved (unless you want VIP pampering) so be sure to get in line early to grab a seat at your favorite venues. Tickets sales will end in the early afternoon of Saturday, October 11th. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
4) Cast your vote. Once you’ve seen both slates and all twenty films, the real magic begins. You, the audience member, will cast your vote for your favorite films and complete your film prize journey. The power to alter the fate of a filmmaker is in your hands. Choose wisely!
4) Enjoy the festivities. Beyond the films, there will be additional programming, including filmmaker interviews where you can listen to the process of each director’s vision for their project and the challenges/solutions they encountered. There will also be food trucks, music, filmmaker interviews, and more! Each venue accommodates a concessions stand and cash bar unless otherwise noted. The Red River Revel will also be happening in downtown Shreveport that same weekend which provides a whole array of art, music, and family activities and your pass gets you in to the Revel for free. Really, there’s no reason to leave downtown. Make it a weekend affair – you’ll be glad you did.
5) Await the reveal of the winning films, which will be announced Sunday October 12th at the Awards Ceremony Brunch. The ceremony is NOT included in general admission and is reserved for filmmakers and VIP passholders who RSVP with the LAFP Office ahead of time, but will be streamed online for all to see. A link to watch the stream will be made available via our website and social media outlets the morning of the ceremony.
We’ve got four – count ‘em: FOUR - different screening venues with four very unique theater experiences, three within walking distance in historic downtown Shreveport and a fourth pilot venue in Bossier City across the Texas Street bridge about 5 minutes from downtown Shreveport by car. The center of the festival is the 700 block of Texas Street. It’s right in the middle of venues, voting, and other special events going on through the weekend.
Tickets, Merchandise, Filmmaker Interviews, Festival Tent, Food, Music, more
700 Block Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Old, shotgun-style theater with a bar in the auditorium. Relaxed, open seating.
620 Milam Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
A converted black box space, intimate, stadium-style seating.
801 Crockett Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Robinson Film Center
Independent cinema featuring DCP projection, stadium-style movie theater seating.
617 Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Bossier Arts Council
Artist education and gathering space – pilot year.
630 Barksdale Boulevard
Bossier City, LA 71111
Street parking is available throughout downtown and is free after 5pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, parking maps will be made available in the Festival Program (free to festival attendees).
The official hotel for the Film Prize is the Hilton Downtown Shreveport. There are several other hotels in the vicinity of downtown including El Dorado Casino, Remington Inn & Suites, Best Western, and Holiday Inn. **** Get special rates from select hotels. See Book a Room for LAFP offers!
You Will Rock the Vote
Are you ready to make film history? The coolest part of the Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend is the unique way the audience effects the outcome. The voting system for the LAFP really is the heart of what makes the Louisiana Film Prize different from most festivals. And it goes a little like this: The judges will see the films and vote for their favorites. Their vote accounts for only 50% of the total. Here’s the cool part: Each member of the audience, having seen the films, votes and that total is the other 50%. This means YOU, the audience member, have a huge say in who wins one of the biggest film prizes on the planet. The power is in your hands! We are asking the filmmakers to make you a part of their process, to game the system by enticing you to vote for their film. These filmmakers not only have to make awesome films, they have to be savvy and smart in marketing to you. Who knows? They may just try to buy you a beer for a vote – all’s fair in love and the Louisiana Film Prize. The films will be broken up into several screening sessions, and each voter and judge must view all 20 films in order to vote. Attendees will vote for their favorite film at a voting booth in the festival circle. Every vote is a victory for the filmmaker, and it is the job of the filmmaker to make sure the audience truly considers their film, works to make them love it, and turns them into a champion for their project, gaining votes for the grand prize. It’s a chance for the filmmaker to stretch their marketing legs and find out what it really means to win the hearts and minds of audiences. And remember, it’s one ticket, one person, one vote. So make it count!