It is a lot of hard work to make a short film, and the competition is tough. Even films that don’t make it into the Top 20 Selection benefit from having been a part of the contest. Congratulations, you made a movie! A finished film is nothing to scoff at. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of the LAFP family. The sense of community, the contacts you build, and the experience you gain through making your film are all invaluable parts of participating.
LAFP Festival Screenings + $500
Films that make it into the Top 20 selection will be screened at the Prize Festival Weekend and have a chance at the grand prize! If you’re from out of town, you’ll given accommodations. All filmmakers will be treated like a VIP all weekend with free food, free drink, and access to the VIP Lounge. Because audience members must see all 20 films to vote, your work is guaranteed to be seen by live audiences of thousands movie fans. In addition, you receive $500 stipend to do with as you please, just for making it into the festival. This stipend will be given the week after the announcement of the Top 20 finalists on Tuesday, August 12, 2016, can be used to finish your post production, promote your film, get tickets for all your friends, go eat pancakes, or whatever you want.
Best Actor and Actress Prizes
This year we will continue to award prizes for the best actor and actress in the Top 20 at Festival Weekend. Nominated by an expert panel of judges prior to the festival, Festival Pass holders will be able to vote on the nominated thespians, the winners of which will win a $1000 cash prize.
TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Top 20 Benefits + $3,000 Filmmaking Grant
Only one film can be chosen for the grand prize, but the Founders Circle leaves room to recognize other films that stand out for reasons of their own. These special filmmakers are each awarded $3,000 grants towards shooting another LAFP short next year. The Founders Circle Grant recipients are voted on separately from the other awards and are chosen by the Founder’s Circle committee.
Top 5 Benefits + $50,000 Cash
This is THE Louisiana Film Prize. The big kahuna. One film. The top winner as voted on by the audience and our panel of judges, will walk away with $50,000 in cold, hard cash. It’s yours to spend any way you want. Maybe now you can pay off your parents for that camera… Be nice to your parents. And don’t forget your film crew. They at least deserve some pancakes.