After an overwhelmingly successful inaugural year, Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg announced that the second annual Louisiana Film Prize filmmaking competition will launch today, complete with a $50,000 cash prize to be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner. Building on last year’s success, this year’s festival will also increase the number of “Founder’s Circle” Grants from 3 to 5 recipients. These grants, of $3000, are awarded by the judges’ panel during the festival weekend and are meant to enable filmmakers to offset the future costs of creating their submissions for the following year’s festival. The 2013 Louisiana Film Prize jury, a combination of film industry executives, filmmakers, and press, will be announced this spring.
The 2012 Louisiana Film Prize competition drew twice as many submissions as the organizers had anticipated from all over the country, from Los Angeles to New York, Houston to Chicago. The twenty finalists played to sold-out theaters and the overall economic impact on the area was valued at nearly $3,000,000. Legend of Luther Anderson from Thomas Woodruff, Noah Scruggs and Chris Armand took home last year’s Grand Prize.