Team Film Prize Launches Instagram Contest! Giveaways include tickets, swag, and more.

We’ve brought back the LAFP Instagram Contest for 2014, and this year we’re turning it on its head! Take a look at how to participate with the information below!

How to Enter:

Want a chance to win tickets, swag, and other cool stuff? Here’s how!

  1. Take a creative photo of a Top 20 poster and upload it to Instagram – put yourself or friends in the picture if you can!
  2. Tag it with @LAFILMPRIZE and #FindTheFilmPrize
  3. Capture as many LAFP posters as you can by September 12th.
  4. Win Prizes!

What You Can Win!

Find (and properly tag) 5 Film Prize Movie Posters
Win a Free Festival Pass

Be One of the First Two to Find All 20 Movie Posters
Win 2 Free Festival Passes Lunch with the Top 20 Filmmakers A Swag Bag Full of Merch

Strike a Pose!


Shreveport Times: Meet the 2014 LAFP Top 20

Filmmakers, some of whom had made the top 20 in years past, were keenly aware of the increased competition, which made making the cut even sweeter.

“There were 85 films that didn’t make it and I was hoping we were going to be one of 20 and it was exciting to hear when we were,” said Stanton Dossett III, an actor in the film “Rendez-Vous.”

Prior to unveiling the names of the Top 20, those in attendance heard a soundscape that comprised lines from each of the 105 entries in this year’s competition. They raised a traditional shot of tequila and toasted to all involved with the competition and festival.

The top 20 films will be shown at the Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend Oct.10-12. The winner will take home one of the largest cash prizes in the country for a short film competition — $50,000.

“The Film Prize has nationally claimed its place in the indie filmmaking world as one of its premiere competitions,” Kallenberg said. “We are incredibly excited about this year’s group of films and being able to show this work to our jury and the Film Prize audience.”

The Film Prize is a competition in which filmmakers must create a 5- to 15-minute film in Northwest Louisiana. This year, the competition netted 105 registrations, up from 80 in 2013 with 65 percent of the entries being from out of town.

Participating films used close to 1,000 cast and crew members with their lodging, meals and production costs injecting more than $5 million into the local economy over the past couple of years. This year’s economic impact has not yet been tabulated.


2014 Top 20 Films

  1. #TheFutureIsCrowdFunded, directed by Mindy Bledsoe, of Shreveport
  2. A Bird’s Nest, directed by Christine Chen, of Austin, Texas
  3. Action Movie 3: The Sequel, directed by James Merrick, of Shreveport-Bossier
  4. Addam, directed by Alex Nystrom, of New Orleans
  5. Angel of Joy, directed by Andrew Bryan, of New Orleans
  6. Based on Rosenthal, directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos, n/a
  7. Flashbacks, directed by Anthony Kung, of Dallas, Texas
  8. Laundromat, directed by Alejandra Valera, of Chicago, Ill.
  9. Lovable, directed by Zac Taylor & Erica Silverman, of Orlando, Fla.
  10. Mother’s Day, directed by James Nimmers, of Ruston
  11. Nothing At All, directed by Bryan C. Conely, of Dallas, Texas
  12. Rendez-Vous, directed by Dorothy Kristin Hanna, of Shreveport
  13. Scotch on the Rocks, directed by Eric Gibson, of Shreveport
  14. Snip, directed by Eric Rippetoe, of Shreveport
  15. Tattered Gumbo, directed by Christopher A. Raines, Cordova, Tenn.
  16. The American Dream, directed by Jason Barry, n/a
  17. The Cutoff, directed by Brennan Robideaux and Thomas Edmund Zabkowski, New Orleans
  18. The Ninthdirected by Corey Hammett and J.C. Doler, of greater Atlanta, Ga.
  19. The Out and Outs, directed by Travis Champagne, of The Woodlands, Texas
  20. True Heroes, directed by Chris Ganucheau, of New Orleans

Read it on The Shreveport Times

Shreveport Times: Louisiana Film Prize moved back a week

Out of respect for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the Louisiana Film Prize has moved the date of its annual Film Prize Festival Weekend to Oct. 10-12, festival director Gregory Kallenberg said. The festival was initially slated for Oct. 3-5.

Kallenberg said the transition was surprisingly seamless and events will occur at same times originally slated but just moved back a week.

Started in 2012, the annual festival attracts filmmakers from across the country to produce short films in Shreveport-Bossier in the hopes of winning a $50,000 grand prize. The deadline for submissions recently passed with more than 100 entries. The Film Prize will announce the Top 20 films on August 12.

See the article on The Shreveport Times

LAFP Artist Spotlight – Chris Barrett and Alex Valera’s “Laundromat”

A story about making new family and doing laundry from LAFP vets Chris Barrett and Alex Valera. Alex submitted “A Man of Limited Emotional Means” in the 2012 Louisiana Film Prize and made it to the Top 20.

LAFP Artist Spotlight – Drayden Dunn and Brandon Alexander’s “Swinging Diamonds”

When an artist’s fame clouds his judgement, his personal life suffers in this film by first-time directors from Shreveport.

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