IT’S PRIZE TIME!
October 1-4, 2015
The fourth annual Louisiana Film Prize Festival kicks off in Shreveport/Bossier October 1st-4th, 2015. Once again, we get the party started with our annual Opening Party and Louisiana Music Prize on Thursday, October 1st (film screenings begin on the 2nd). This year, we shattered our previous record of registered film projects with 125 entries. Film Prize 2015 will blow your mind with everything we and our filmmakers have in store for you. So, don’t wait, get your Film Prize tickets ONLINE NOW and prepare yourself for the ride of your life.
What the hell is Louisiana Film Prize?
Earlier this year, over 120 filmmakers from all over the country came to Shreveport, Bossier City, and the surrounding community to make a short film. Of those films, 20 were selected to compete at the festival for the ultimate cash prize for a short film in the world – $50,000. When you attend the film festival, you will vote alongside celebrity judges for which film you think deserves the grand prize. Film Prize Festival Weekend isn’t just filled with screenings of the amazing short films and voting, but with one-of-a-kind parties, music, food, and camaraderie which make up the heart of our communities. Watch this promo to get a feel for what we’re about.
The Where and How
1) Get your tickets online. The tickets you buy will be exchanged for passes at the festival and the passes assure you a seat to see the films, a single vote, and access to many festival events.
2) Help us kick off the festival. Come celebrate at our opening party and the Louisiana Music Prize on Thursday, October 1st. Bring your LAFP ticket to the Voodoo Cafe on Commerce Street in Downtown Shreveport to pick up your festival pass and hear the bands. Last year, Jerry Harrison was in attendance, as was Memphis music legend Boo Mitchell, so you never know who you’ll see.
3) See the films. If you didn’t attend the Music Prize on Thursday, come to Louisiana Film Prize Festival Central – 700 block of Texas Street – starting at 10am on Friday to trade your ticket for a Festival Pass. Once you have a pass around your neck, you’ll be able to begin watching the films.
The films are separated into two slates (named “Orange” and “Teal”) – 10 short films each – that will play continuously on Friday and Saturday. You must watch all 20 films (both slates!) in order to cast your vote. Each slate will have a welcome and “How to Film Prize” message, show 5 films, break for intermission, and show the remaining 5 films. Slates typically run about two and a half hours each and will be screened over 15 times between Friday at noon and Saturday evening.
Your pass will be punched AFTER each screening is finished, which will take you one step closer to being able to cast your vote. You may not leave the theater during a screening or you will be unable to get your pass punched.
Seating is not reserved (unless you want VIP pampering) so be sure to get in line early to grab a seat at your favorite venues. Tickets sales will end in the early afternoon of Saturday, October 3rd. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
4) Cast your vote. Once you’ve seen both slates and all twenty films, the real magic begins. You, the audience member, will cast your vote for your favorite films and complete your film prize journey. The power to alter the fate of a filmmaker is in your hands. Choose wisely!
4) Enjoy the festivities. Aside from seeing the films, there are a lot of activities going on throughout the weekend. Enjoy filmmaker interviews, food trucks, live music, and more. The Louisiana Music Prize and the Louisiana Food Prize will also be hosting events throughout the festival. The Red River Revel will also be happening in downtown Shreveport starting Saturday, October 3rd, and your pass gets you into the Revel for FREE during LAFP weekend. Make Film Prize and downtown Shreveport a weekend-long affair – you’ll be glad you did.
5) Wait for the Big Reveal. Await the reveal of the winning films, which will be announced Sunday October 4th at the Awards Ceremony Brunch. The ceremony is NOT included in general admission and is reserved for filmmakers and VIP passholders who RSVP with the LAFP Office ahead of time. Simulcast overflow seating (with coffee and light breakfast) is available as a ticket add-on. You can also watch a live stream live online via our website and social media outlets the morning of the ceremony.