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Film Prize Junior Goes Online

It's one of the largest filmmaking competitions in the country!

See the next generation of Louisiana filmmakers as Film Prize Junior goes online in 2020. Originally scheduled for the Artbreak festival, organizers had to come up with a new idea following the cancelling of ArtBreak due to the Coronavirus pandemic. From June 8 through June 22, you can go online to their website and view all of the short films. This year, student filmmakers submitted a record 25 films from 14 schools from across the state. Festival organizers will award $10,000 in scholarships and media grants.

From the press release, “I’m so proud of the Prize Foundation team for quickly embracing the new normal and creating a robust online festival experience,” said Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director of Prize Foundation. “These high school students worked so hard on these projects, they all deserve for their work to be seen by as many people as possible.”

In addition to the short films, the Film Prize staff plans to offer online workshops for students as well as panels and roundtable discussions for teachers and sponsors. Although students took the lead in creating the films, teachers certainly helped out. “The teachers are the real heroes here,” said Steven Knight, one of the Film Prize Junior organizers. “In the middle of a health crisis, the teachers kept these students focused on their filmmaking and got the job done. Now, we invite everyone to be a part of celebrating the work of these students and their teachers.”

A kick off event occurs on Monday, June 8 at Noon on Facebook and YouTube. You will then get to vote on your favorite.

Another great part of Film Prize Junior will be the online Public Service Announcement competition for Caddo and Bossier schools. Starting on June 8, head over to the Film Prize Junior YouTube channel, watch them all and like your favorite. Students created 30-60 second PSAs focusing on either energy efficiency or litter reduction. $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Photos and video courtesy: Film Prize Foundation.

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