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Executive director Gregory Kallenberg announced the sixth year of the Louisiana Film Prize filmmaking competition launch at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport to a packed room of filmmakers, directors, actors and a crowd from all over the country.
The Film Prize is once again offering up a $50,000 cash prize, the world’s largest cash prize for a short film. This year’s competition will continue to offer distribution for the Top 5 films on iTunes through a partnership with Shorts International, and showings at partnering film festivals. Along with this, new cash prizes for VFX and a celluloid film award was added.
“If you’re a filmmaker or ever dreamed of making a film, then the Film Prize is on your bucket list,” said Kallenberg. “We have become the beacon to indie filmmakers everywhere, and the Film Prize is one of the ultimate awards for their efforts.”
The contest and festival (www.LAFilmPrize.com), held each year in Shreveport, LA, invites filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition – it must be shot in northwest Louisiana. Filmmakers can shoot their films starting now. July 11 is the deadline for rough cuts.
In addition to the Grand Prize, this year’s filmmakers will vie for “Founder’s Circle” filmmaking grants.” The prestigious $3,000 Founder’s Circle filmmaking grants will be awarded to five of the Top 20 filmmakers. The Film Prize will also be offering $1,000 cash prizes for best actor and actress. Added to this year’s award lineup is the Digital Media Institute’s VFX Award ($500) and Kodak’s Golden Reel Award, a competition for Film Prize films made with celluloid ($1000).
Kallenberg announced that Louisiana Film Prize 2016 received a record breaking 125 submissions from all over the country. These projects employed over 1,000 people cast and crew. Over 3200 people attended Film Prize Week —another record. The Film Prize productions —and festival weekend— have generated more than $12 million in economic benefit for the Shreveport-Bossier area since it’s inaugural year in 2012.
“The Film Prize has proven that the creative community is an essential economic component to a city,” said Kallenberg. “Not only has the Film Prize given our community something to be proud of, this competition has a healthy return on the investment made to it by our sponsors.”
Visit www.lafilmprize.com to learn more information about the Louisiana Film Prize.