Most Unique Film Competition in the Country Gears Up After Record-Breaking 2014
Shreveport, LA –January 13, 2015 — On the heels of a record-breaking year, Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg announced the fourth annual Louisiana Film Prize filmmaking competition launch on January 13 at artspace in downtown Shreveport. 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 also offer an added incentive – distribution for the Top 5 films on iTunes through a partnership with Shorts International, and showings at partnering film festivals.
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 from January 14 to July 14 (rough cut deadline).
In addition to the Grand Prize, this year’s filmmakers will vie for “Founder’s Circle” 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. Later in the year, Team Film Prize will be announcing its celebrity recipient of the “Big Chief” award.
Kallenberg announced that Louisiana Film Prize 2014 broke a record with 105 submissions from all over the country (Los Angeles to New York, Houston to Chicago). Kallenberg also announced that close to 1,000 people participated in Film Prize projects. These productions (and festival weekend) yielded close to $2.5 million in economic benefit for the Shreveport-Bossier area.
“We’re really amazed by the national attention we’ve received for last year’s competition and festival,” said Kallenberg. “It shows that we’ve started to create a true home for the independent film spirit. We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for the Film Prize.”
Louisiana is becoming recognized as a film capital for its large and quickly growing film industry. One of the goals of the Film Prize aims to help nurture the burgeoning indie film community in Shreveport-Bossier and all of northwest Louisiana, where filmmakers come to create all types of film.
Visit www.lafilmprize.com to learn more information about the Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival. The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2015.
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