Louisiana Film Prize 2014 Announces $50,000 Winner


Five Finalist Filmmakers Awarded with iTunes Distribution and Fest Appearances

Shreveport, La – Winners of the 2014 Louisiana Film Prize ( were announced at a sold out awards ceremony held on Sunday, October 12th in downtown Shreveport. Louisiana Film Prize Founder and Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg was joined by his team to make the announcement. The festival’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 True Heroes by Chris Ganucheau of New Orleans.

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: Based on Rosenthal by Stephen Kinigopoulos, True Heroes by Chris Ganucheau, Snip by Eric Rippetoe, Lovable by Erica Silverman and Zac Taylor, and A Bird’s Nest by Christine Chen. The Top 5 will receive iTunes distribution along with automatic festival appearances around the country.

In addition to the top prize, $3,000 Founder’s Circle Filmmaking Grants were awarded to five films: #TheFutureIsCrowdFunded by Mindy Bledsoe; Lovable by Erica Silverman and Zac Taylor; Based on Rosenthal by Stephen Kinigopoulos; True Heroes by Chris Ganucheau; and Addam by Alex Nystrom. The Best Actress and Actor Award, a new prize which consists of a $1,000 award to each, was awarded to Chelsea Bryan of Angel of Joy and James Palmer of Snip.

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 two years, the Louisiana Film Prize brought in over five million dollars of economic impact. The estimated economic impact of the 2014 event is close to three million for the area.

“It’s amazing how the Film Prize has been able to plant a flag for country’s independent filmmakers,” said Kallenberg. “This is an example of how northwest Louisiana is becoming a beacon for all creative industries.”

Contact Sabrina Adsit 318-213-6437 or visit to enter and learn more information about the La. Startup Prize.

Louisiana Film Prize 2014 Celebrity Judges Announced


Every year, we have the pleasure of playing host to 20 amazing films who are competing for a gigantic $50,000 cash prize, festival distribution, and more. The way these winnings are calculated is one of the things that makes Louisiana Film Prize unique in the festival community. The decision is made by collecting votes from the audience,  who account for 50% of the final vote, and a panel of celebrity judges from the film and arts community around the country who constitute the other 50%.

We are excited to announce this year’s crop of judges which include producers, directors, writers, film critics, and more. For the detailed list of judges and their curriculum vitae, please visit:

2014 Celebrity  Judges

Katie Calautti – Freelance Writer
Limbert Fabian – Creative Director, Moonbot Studios
Russell Friedenberg – Writer/Director
Tara McPherson – Associate Professor, Writer
Chris Morgan – Producer
Linda O. Olszewski – Acquisitions Consultant, ShortsHD
Kristy Puchko – Film Critic, Journalist
Heather Rae – Producer
Daniel Sol – Co-Founder, HollyShorts Film Festival
Daniel Walber – Freelance Writer
Jay Weigel – Composer

[Video] Louisiana Film Prize Presents: How to Film Prize

Watch this informational video which walks you through the process of attending Festival Weekend!

Louisiana Film Prize 2014 Festival Weekend Schedule and Film Slates Announced

Every year, around this time, we breathe a collective sigh of relief that we’ve made it this far. This milestone is one in which we, Team Film Prize, take particular pride. All the months of filmmaker shooting, post production, festival coordination, happy hours, and several dozen bottles of tequila have led to this moment. We wish the best of luck to all the teams and we invite the audience to show up waving the banner and rolling out the welcome mat for these artists and their work.

This year, we are adding Bossier City to the venue list with the inclusion of the Bossier Arts Council, which will screen on Saturday only. We’ve moved the food court and streamlined the ticketing and merchandise areas. We’ve packed in a red carpet on Texas Street with a walk and wave banner to snap those sexy cast and crew photos in front of. I’m telling you, it’s going to be amazing.

We’ve also revamped the mobile website to make a slick and snappy phone and tablet experience to browse all things film prize. Check it out – just visit on your phone and click the big button to enable the mobile app for your device.

So here we are, and here we go… Without further ado – we are happy to announce that this year’s Festival Weekend Schedule and Film Slates. Be sure to also check out the Festival Information page for tips on parking, lodging, and the festival map. It’s going to be a great year. VIVA LA FILM PRIZE!

Chris Lyon
Filmmaker Liaison


[Video] New Theatrical Trailer Released!

Check out clips from all twenty films in this new 30-second commercial spot which will play at Cinemark Tinseltown in Shreveport, LA; at Regal Louisiana Boardwalk & IMAX in Bossier City; and the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport.

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