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The Louisiana Film Prize Weekend is Thursday October 9 – Sunday, October 12, 2014. Louisiana Music Prize and LAFP Opening Party are Thursday, October 9. New info on tickets, filmmaker passes, schedule of events, and film slates below.
Filmmaker Dos and Don’ts
Some tips from us on how to make your film a success. Because half the vote is audience based, your charming, gritty, or dramatic film won’t win without a little nudging. Even those “bought and sold” voters for other films might dissent if you play your cards right. We’ve seen it happen at other festivals, it can happen here. Read the document by clicking the link below.
Logos, Laurels, and Credit Bug
These are for use on your promotional materials if you choose. Posters, flyers, billboards, tattoos, etc. The logos are PNG files to preserve transparency. Please look at the How To Use the Logo document to best use these assets. Don’t forget to include the bug at the end of all copies of your film from here on out. Information is in the link below.
Below is a schedule that includes VIP and Filmmaker Events not open to general passholders in addition to public events.
Thursday, October 9
7:00p Doors open for the Louisiana Music Prize at Voodoo Cafe where you can pick up your Festival or VIP Passes, and listen to great music.
8:00p Bands begin playing!
1:00a The winner is announced!
Friday, October 10
12:00p Film Screenings begin at the Robinson Film Center, Capri Theater, and Artstation.
2:00p Filmmaker Interviews in the Main Tent in Festival Central Begin (complete interview schedule here)
5:00p VIP Room Opens.
6:00p Filmmaker Toast on the second floor of artspace. (Filmmakers and VIPs Only)
4:30p Voting Opens at 700 Texas Street. This is the earliest anyone could have seen all 20 films.
8:00p VIP Room Voting Opens. (Filmmakers and VIPs Only)
10:15p Final screening of Friday begins at Capri Theater. Get there early!
11:59p VIP Room and voting closes.
Saturday, October 11
9:00a Ticket booth opens and film screenings begin downtown.
9:00a Film Guru Panel Discussions begin in Festival Central.
11:00a Bossier Arts Council venue opens in Bossier City.
12:00p VIP Room and voting opens. (Filmmakers and VIPs Only)
1:00p Filmmaker Lunch at Millennium Studios (Filmmakers Only)
9:30p Final screening of the festival begins at Robinson Film Center.
10:00p The Big Exhale toast and collective hug begins in front of the Robinson Film Center. Super-Secret-Hyper-Exclusive-Velvet-Rope after-party location will be revealed.
12:00a VIP Room closes.
12:30a All voting closes.
Sunday, October 12
11:00a-1:00p Awards Brunch at artspace downtown Shreveport. Tune into the live stream at lafilmprize.com. (Filmmakers and VIPs Only)
The films will be divided up based on lots of criteria. The films will be shuffled within their slate between screenings so that “Film A” doesn’t open the slate every time it plays, for example. Each slate is just over 2 hours and will appear at least 10 times split between each of the different venues. Everyone will have primetime viewing in the evenings at all the venues. The film slates will be announced once final films are received and runtimes are locked.
Tickets and Venues
Each film gets TWO and ONLY TWO free VIP Festival passses which are all-access. These passes grant you access to one of each slate of films, all LAFP events including the expert panel discussions, lounge crawl, and a special lounge with an open bar, finger foods, a floor to ceiling window view of the festival center complete with WiFi. Filmmakers will also get a welcome tote bag full of LAFP goodies. You will need to give us names for each of the passes when you hand in your final cut. The passes are not transferrable.
General admission tickets are now $30 each. These tickets will allow folks to see all the films and attend all public LAFP events. Filmmakers may purchase up to 25 tickets at a special reduced price of $10 each. Please contact the film office for your coupon code. Tickets link: http://lafp2014.brownpapertickets.com There is no limit on tickets we are able to sell. Sure, there’s a physical limit to the number of venues available in the whole of Shreveport-Bossier City, but we have a large reserve of seats and additional venues, so don’t be concerned with how many can be sold. Ticket prices will go up closer to the festival date. Additional Filmmaker Passes: If you have someone else you would like to be with you in the VIP room, Filmmakers may purchase an additional two VIP passes for a special price of $200 (regular price $500). We ask that you not abuse this opportunity and use it only for those on your team that you really want to have access – not just another friend.
Special LAFP Hotel Rates
A lot of you are asking about hotels. If you are an out of town filmmaker, we’ve got you covered. You have one hotel room from Thursday night to Saturday night, checking out Sunday Morning. If you are looking for a hotel downtown for your friends or if you’re a local and just don’t want to drive home, we are working on a few deals worked out with downtown lodging. Rates will be posted here as they are available.
Hilton Hotel Downtown Shreveport: use code”FLM” – $119/night
We highly encourage everyone to set up a party for their film. A private Google Calendar will be shared that will allow all filmmakers to see the festival schedule alongside other so that you can intelligently plan your events around or alongside others. Out of town filmmakers please communicate with your ambassadors to set up parties. Local filmmakers may contact the LAFP Office for questions regarding parties should you need.
Please tell us what you’re doing so we can get it on the official party schedule!
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Marketing at the Festival
We hope everyone finds ways to reach their audience at the festival. Posters, flyers, trinkets, bar tabs, parties, popup tents and events, etc. It really can sway the vote! If you want to set up a structure – a tent, or performance, say – you need to speak to the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority about what you may have to do to secure a permit, if there is one necessary. Also, the LAFP is imposing a no fly zone 50 feet around each venue and 100 feet around the voting area where we ask you not to set up shop or place posters, etc. You may not set up a tent or permanent structure anywhere on the 700 block of Texas Street.
We highly encourage you to use social media. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Vine. Use these tools for your film. Be sure to share the links with us so we can put them on your filmmaker page (read below) and promote them on our own social feeds.
Louisiana Film Prize social feeds and hashtags are:
Approved Hashtags: #lafilmprize #vivalafilmprize #lafp2014
Film Pages on lafilmprize.com
Use this page to promote basic info about your film. Show off your beautiful poster, your stills, trailer, cast and crew, and your bad self. This is a one-stop shop for the basics on your film. Find your film here and share this link with people looking for info on your short. Please, please make a poster. Please make a trailer and put it on YouTube or Vimeo and give us a link. We want to show off your stuff.
Turning in Your Final Cut
Final films must be turned in by Friday, September 12, 2014, NOT AFTER and should be submitted using the following deliverables:
– QuickTime Apple ProRes 422 (not HQ or Proxy) in native resolution (up to 2k) on a hard drive.
- Dives should be clearly labeled with the film name, running time, and director
- No memory cards or thumb drives will be accepted – hard drives only.
- Drives should contain the final copy of the film and no other version.
- If your film has a frame rate other than 23.976, you must label the hard drive and file as such.
- Do not add a leader or tail to your film. It will not be removed by festival staff.
- Dialogue should be mixed at -18db
- If your sound mix is 5.1, provide the 5.1 AC3 file and WAV stereo mix as well as not all venues support surround sound.
– Final Film description (50 words or less)
– Final Main production credits (director, writer, producer, composer, and main cast)
– Final Director’s headshot (digital, 4×6 portrait 300 dpi)
– Final Movie poster (27”x40” portrait 300dpi in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format)
– Final Short director’s bio
– Final Five (5) stills from the film (no watermarks, digital at full resolution).
If you cannot deliver Apple ProRes 422, please call Chris to discuss options. Other export formats may include MPEG2, H.264, and others. Please work with Chris to determine the best option for your film. Don’t assume!
Submit or deliver your final cut to us on a hard drive shipped to the LAFP Office. You will be able to pick up your drive festival weekend. Feel free to put multiple formats on there if you want. Please send us a tracking number along with an email saying you’ve shipped your drive to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL PHYSICAL SUBMITTED MATERIALS (except hard drives) become the property of the Louisiana Film Prize. These materials will not be returned. By entering the competition, you acknowledge LAFP the right to, and you thereby grant a license to, copy any material for the festival’s use only. Hard drives will be available for pickup on LA Film Prize Weekend.
We are all about you. You guys and what you accomplish reflects on us and the LAFP. So we are here to help you and accommodate you as much as possible. If you need us, call us at the office at 318.213.6437. Remember we are helping 20 filmmakers in addition to handling festival logistics. We will help everyone as quickly and as much as possible. If there is something you think belongs on this page, please email Chris at email@example.com.
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