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Louisiana is launching its inaugural LA Film Prize Festival Weekend and its $50,000 Grand Prize. The festival will run October 5-7 2012 and will feature short films by anyone in the world – but shot within Louisiana’s Shreveport-Bossier area. The submission deadline is July 9; on August 9 twenty films will be selected to screen at the festival and compete for the $50,000.
Founder and exec director Gregory Kallenberg (director of the 2009 doc “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for An Energy Future”) gushes:
“This is the coolest film contest on the planet; It has been created to energize the filmmaking community to create the best work they can in an environment that is incredibly supportive of their endeavors. We hope that the Louisiana Film Prize will help spark a revolution in indie filmmaking in the area.”
More details and this year’s jury members (including Brandon Oldenberg, the producer of the Oscar winning animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) are below:
Each filmmaker will be provided with an ambassador, to guide them to find the appropriate resources and aids to help with production, housing, promotional events and other needs during their stay. Finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family and the public to heighten their chances of winning.
This year’s jury includes journalist/author Hank Stuever (Washington Post), journalist James Hibberd (Entertainment Weekly), Steve Beckman (Cinetic), Brandon Oldenberg, (Academy Award Winning producer of the animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”) and Jason Neulander (founder, the Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin TX, award-winning producer of the stage play “Intergalactic Nemesis”), with additional jurors to be announced.
“This is a substantial prize that could really change a filmmaker’s life,” said Chris Lyon, the LAFP’s Festival Director. “This $50,000 could help someone create more short films or help fund a feature film. It’s a really amazing opportunity for the filmmaker.”
The film community in Shreveport-Bossier in Northwest Louisiana has rapidly expanded, with more than 100 films and television shows shooting on location in the past 5 years. Recent shoots have included The Guardian, Battle Los Angeles, The Mist, Leaves of Grass, Drive Angry, Super and Straw Dogs to name a few. Shreveport-Bossier provides great locations at low cost, as well as four sound stages, full grip/electric rental facilities, local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent. Shreveport is also home to Moonbot Studios, who recently won their first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”