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