In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Prize Fest is on for 2020 – Online!

“Prize Fest 2020 will be one of the best, most robust film, food, music and fashion festivals in the country. It’s hard to describe how excited we are to bring this online festival to our audience.” Those are the words of Prize Fest creator Gregory Kallenberg. Due to the pandemic, Kallenberg and his team changed up the 2019 format to make the fall festival celebrating short films, local musicians, chefs and fashion designers an online experience like no other.

The Louisiana Film Prize

It’s the largest cash prize for a short film in the world ($25,000). Filmmakers come to Northwest Louisiana to produce a short film. Twenty finalists are selected and then screened by a panel of judges and eager passholders. For 2020, everyone who purchases a pass will be able to livestream the films from the comfort of home. The livestreams are scheduled for October 2-11. You will be able to watch the films on your schedule. Watch one at a time or all 20 at once or a few at a time. Once you watch them all, then you can vote. The pass costs $50.

The Louisiana Music Prize

Once again, local bands will take the stage for the chance to win $1,000. Everything will be streamed on October 10. Viewers can vote on their favorite once you purchase a $5 pass.

The Food Prize

Something different for 2020… The Power to the People pits the best chefs in Shreveport-Bossier against each other for the coveted Golden Fork. From September 10-October 11, you can visit any of the competing chef’s restaurants to pick up a free Golden Fork Passport. Visit at least three restaurants on the passport and order something from the menu to get your passport punched. Then you get to vote for your favorite at the Prize Fest website.

In addition, get ready to meet celebrity chefs during a few virtual cook-a-longs so you can see how to make their amazing dishes at home. The Food Prize will also provide a special Home Chef Basket and a bottle of wine to go along with the virtual fun. Only thirty tickets for each event will be available.

Fashion Prize

Watch a glamorous runway show featuring local designers on October 9. This is the second year for this event and viewers will be able to vote on their favorite collection. With the purchase of the pass ($10) you get access to the behind-the-scenes action and much more.

All of the events will take place online and passes can be purchased through their website. Want to see more than one event? Check out the discounts on Prize Fest 2020 combo passes on their site.

Here’s the Prize Fest schedule (subject to change, all times Central Time Zone)

  • Friday, September 4 at 7:00 pm – Announcement of the Film Prize Top 20 Films
  • Thursday, September 10 – Power to the People part of Food Prize begins
  • Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 11 – Louisiana Film Prize. Passholders can see all 20 short films, special screenings and vote.
  • Saturday, October 3 – Food Prize Chef Demos
  • Thursday, October 8 – Food Prize Chef Demos
  • Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm – Fashion Prize
  • Saturday, October 10 – Food Prize Chef Demos
  • Saturday, October 10 – Music Prize
  • Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm – Prize Fest Awards Show. This event is free to attend.

See who won the prizes at the 2019 event here. And relive what went on last year by clicking below…

See what makes up Prize Fest 2019