IT’S PRIZE TIME!
Festival Dates: September 29-October 1, 2016
Welcome to the Louisiana Film Prize, one of the most amazing film experiences you will ever have! Twenty-one short films made right here in Northwest Louisiana will compete for the largest cash prize for a short film in the world. And the best part? You’re the judge. The Louisiana Film Prize screenings take place in Shreveport and Bossier City, La on September 29 – October 1, 2016.
What the heck is Film Prize anyway?
Over the last six months, filmmakers have been tasked with making a short film between five and fifteen minutes long. Our most strident, unbreakable rule? In order to be eligible to win our $50,000 cash prize, the filmmakers had to make their film in northwest Louisiana. As a result, these filmmakers have been using our city for their film sets, and our creative class to help crew their projects. It’s been pretty awesome!
Over 125 short film projects participated in the Louisiana Film Prize Film Prize and of those films, twenty will be selected to appear in competition at our festival, plus one guest film from the Louisiana Film Prize, making a total of 21 films in competition. These 21 films are known as the “Top 21” of the Louisiana Film Prize. Of the Top 21, one will be crowned the winner of the 2016 Louisiana Film Prize and take home a grand prize of $50,000 cash.
“What about the part where we get to choose the winner?” Patience, Grasshopper…
You Will Rock the Vote
The coolest part of the Louisiana Film Prize Festival is the unique way the audience affects the outcome. The voting system for the LAFP really is the heart of what makes the Film Prize different from most festivals. And it goes a little like this:
A Festival Passholder MUST SEE ALL 21 SHORT FILMS before they can vote! The Top 21 will be screened once every 2.5 hours throughout the weekend. Once you see all the short films, MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR PASS PUNCHED by one of our awesome Film Prize volunteers. This confirms you saw the films and allows you to vote. You will then go to the voting booth and cast your ballot. It’s that easy!
The Celebrity Judges, a grouping of film industry professionals, will also see the films at the same time as the audience and vote for their favorites in a similar fashion. The Judges’ votes account for only 50% of the total. The audience is the other 50%. This means YOU, the audience member, have a huge say in who wins one of the coolest festivals on the planet. With great power comes great responsibility! Use your influence wisely!
Every vote is a victory for the filmmaker, so don’t be surprised if you’re cajoled and swayed by him/her to vote for them. There’s $50,000 at stake, so you will find yourself with a bunch of fawning filmmaker friends.
And remember, it’s one ticket, one person, one vote. So make it count!
The Where and How
1) Get your tickets online. The tickets you buy will be exchanged for passes when you arrive at the festival. The passes assure you a seat to see the films, a single vote, and access to festival parties.
2) See the films. Come to the festival on September 30 and October 1st, 2016. The festival is located at various venues across downtown Shreveport. Specific venues will be announced soon. The Official Selection films that are a part of the competition will be screened once every 2.5 hours throughout the weekend. See the screening schedule here. Each screening will have a welcome and “How to Film Prize” message, show 5 films, a short break for intermission, and then show the remaining films. Screenings typically run about two hours each and will be screened over a dozen times between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening.
3) Get your pass punched. Your pass will be punched AFTER each screening is finished, which will bring you one step closer to being able to cast your vote. You may not leave the theater during a screening or you will be unable to re-enter the theater and your pass will not be punched. There will be an intermission halfway through each screening roughly one hour after the screening begins to allow for restroom breaks and for you to make notes on the films in your festival program! Seating is not reserved (unless you want VIP pampering), so be sure to get in line early to grab a seat.
4) Cast your vote. Once you’ve seen a screening of all ten 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 one filmmaker is in your hands. Choose wisely!
Exchanging a Ticket for a Pass at the Festival
A ticket you purchase for Film Prize must be exchanged for a pass when you attend the festival. This ticket is WILL NOT allow you to entry into any screenings until it has been exchanged for a pass. You may exchange your ticket for a pass when the festival opens at Voodoo Cafe on Thursday, September 29th or at Festival Central (700 Texas Street) on Friday, September 30th and Saturday October 1st. We recommend that you bring your printed ticket or your digitally downloaded ticket (using Apple Passbook, for example) to expedite the exchange process.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 318.213.6437.
We’ve got some pretty amazing screening venues lined up this year, each with their own very unique experience. 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.