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Louisiana Film Prize top 20 films for 2019

The Louisiana Film Prize Top 20 features short films ranging from comedies, historical pieces and inspirational dramas. Louisiana Film Prize passes are available now on their website. You can view all 20 films and vote for your favorite. The public’s vote makes up 50% of the final decision for the winner of Film Prize. A panel of professional judges make up the other 50%. The winning short film receives $50,000. Find out more about the event and where you can see the short films here.

The Louisiana Film Prize Top 20 is announced in grand celebratory style at the announcement party in early August.


and that is why i succeed

A basketball coach gives a unique halftime speech to his team.

Directed by Travis Bible

Produced by Kemerton Hargrove and JC Doler

Cinematography by Rob Senska

Cast – Richard Kohnke, Kemerton Hargrove



Their life is a musical – and it’s gone straight to their heads.

Written and Directed by James Harlon Palmer

Produced by James Harlon Palmer, Kelly R. Vaden, Linda N. Galindo

Cinematography by John Chambers

Cast – James Harlon Palmer, Kelly R. Vaden



All Johnny wanted was a free boat, man.

Written and Directed by Jeremy Spring, Rex Davey

Produced by Jeremy Spring, Rex Davey

Cinematography by Jeremy Spring

Cast – Chris Alan Evans, Eric Gibson

Best in Show Louisiana Film Prize Top 20

Best in Show

An unconventional fashion show model no longer makes the cut and and finds out what happens when the price of fitting in is too high to pay.

Directed by Jacob and Jaya McSharma

Written by Jaya McSharma

Produced by Jacob and Jaya McSharma

Cinematography by Rich Hansil

Cast – Jaya McSharma, Melissa Munds

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Black Pajamas

Post U.S.-Vietnam War, a young man is determined to heal from PTSD despite his a-typical bouts of dissociation.

Written and Directed by Hattie Haggard Gobble

Produced by Hattie Haggard Gobble

Cinematography by Orlando Agawin

Cast – Nicholas Heffelfinger, Victoria Daylor



A hitman finds himself trapped inside an elevator with the man he’s been contracted to kill.

Directed by Makenzie Smith and Finch Nissen

Written by Makenzie Smith

Produced by Makenzie Smith and Finch Nissenler

Cinematography by Rich Hansil

Cast – Finch Nissen, Mike Martindale

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A Diminished Art

An aging black man struggles to come to terms with the future he never saw for himself – one in which his dear wife is gone, and his step-son is white and gay.

Written and Directed by Jeremy Enis

Produced by Melissa Enis, Rex Davey

Cinematography by Jeremy Enis

Cast – George Wilson, Finch Nissen

Fast Forward Style

Fast Forward Style

A glamorous 50 year old widow named Caroline goes on 6 dates with a variety of men.

Directed by Kari Kennon

Written by Brenda Kennon

Produced by Kari Kennon, Brenda Kennon, Rich Hansil

Cinematography by Jeremy Spring

Cast – Tanya McMaster, Dr. Karen Pendleton

Ghosted Louisiana Prize Top 20


A lonely man uses his special gift to pursue his dark infatuation with a coworker.

Written and Directed by Blayne Weaver

Produced by Mindy Bledsoe

Cinematography by Rob Senska

Cast – Blayne Weaver, Cherish McCormick



Pastor Paul is trying to save Ambrose’s soul. It’s not going well.

Directed by Chad Hill

Produced by Megan Colvin, Matthew Ramsaur

Cinematography by Alexander Jeffery

Cast – Bill Meyer, Adam Duncan

Leo and Grace Louisiana Film Prize Top 20

Leo & Grace

A couple in love, torn apart by race, find each other 30 years later and must do the impossible to stay together; even if it means risking their freedom forever.

Written and Directed by Gabriel Savodivker

Produced by Gabriel Savodivker, Dennis Castello

Cinematography by Eduardo Wienkoski

Cast – Kristin Carey, Kim Estes, Davis Dawson

Maven Voyage Louisiana Film Prize Top 20

Maven Voyage

Maeve Fairbanks is working toward living out her sister’s lifelong goal by submitting a video to be considered for the first piloted mission to Mars, her approach is a bit… off beat.

Directed by Rachel Emerson

Cinematography by Andrew Mueller


Mr Marvelous

Mr. Marvelous

On Christmas eve, after a long shift as a mall Santa, Mike’s house is broken into by a pair of robbers who are in for a big surprise.

Written and Directed by Evan Falbaum

Produced by Kemerton Hargrove, Landon Miller, Mitch Landry

Cinematography by Evan Falbaum

Cast – Mitch Landry

Nowhere Arkansas Louisiana Film Prize top 20

Nowhere Arkansas

Nowhere, Arkansas, 1863. A Confederate veteran, haunted by his past, hunts redemption in the form of a famous eagle that belongs to the Union Army.

Written and Directed by Robert Linsley

Produced by Alexander Jeffery, Paul Petersen, Sam O’Dell

Cinematography by Joel Froome, ACS

Cast – Sam O’Dell, Nia Weryackwe

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Becky, a southern belle with southern grit, has lofty goals of joining a ladies tennis team at the local country club.

Directed by Hannah Dorsett

Written by Jennifer Moorhead

Cinematography by Roi Vissel

Cast – Maggie Crosby, Katie Walker, Trisha Q-Peterson, Caroline Hooper

Same Time Next Week

Same Time Next Week

A flustered first time mom attends a therapy session, with her toddler in tow.

Written and Directed by Kalah Roberts

Produced by Kalah Roberts, Rodney Hill

Cinematography by Rodney Hill

Cast – Kalah Roberts



Through movement we find the resilience and creativity of the people of Louisiana, when moving through a difficult time.

Written and Directed by Abigail Kruger

Produced by Abigail Kruger

Cinematography by Fairfield Studios

Cast -Larry Wallace, Jr.


St Esther Day

St. Esther Day

An immigrant housekeeper struggles to adjust to the outlandish snobbery of her widowed mistress and forms an unlikely friendship with the woman’s sheltered daughter.

Directed by Camille Schmoutz

Written by Jennifer Carsillo, Camille Schmoutz

Produced by Jennifer Carsillo, Camille Schmoutz

Cinematography by Rich Hansil

Cast – Jennifer Carsillo, Sherry Kerr, Alexis Morreale

Stiff Arm Louisiana Film Prize Top 20

Stiff Arm

A lifelong group of friends won’t let a one in a million genetic disorder get in the way of Jacob’s wedding day.

Directed by Matthew Ramsaur

Written by Samuel F. Brantley

Produced by Matthew Ramsaur

Cinematography by Jeremy Enis

Cast – Jacob McSharma, Finch Nissen, Josh Munds, Johnny Walker, Heath Lemme

Suppplements Louisiana Film Prize Top 20


The year is 2289, and all that’s left on Planet Earth is the domed city Old Centauri, roaming sun flares that scorch the land, and the nomadic tribes that mitigate the two. Kiirke comes from one such tribe, and she must travel to Old Centauri, along with her brother, to seek a small fortune to save her family.

Written and Directed by Sarah Phillips

Produced by Laetitia Leon, Sarah Phillips

Cinematography by Sarah Phillips

Cast – Laetitia Leon

The Louisiana Film Prize Top 20 short films are listed here in alphabetical order.