It’s time to start creating the short film you’ve always dreamed of. The Film Prize Foundation’s Louisiana Film Prize and Film Prize Jr. festivals have opened registration for the 2020 season. With the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers realized that productions came to a halt.
“Our goal is to help filmmakers and parishes from all over the state continue to evolve and build their creative economies after we are allowed to go back to work,” said Gregory Kallenberg, executive director of the Prize Foundation and creator of the Louisiana Film Prize. ”For 2020, in this unprecedented health crisis, Team Louisiana Film Prize is thrilled to share what we’ve built in northwest Louisiana, and to welcome filmmakers from all over the country to shoot a short in the most accommodating indie film state in the country.”
Louisiana Film Prize – www.lafilmprize.com
This short film competition is open to any filmmaker. Participants must create an original, narrative short film within the state of Louisiana. Films need to be between five and fifteen minutes in length (including titles and credits). An international panel of experts judges the top twenty films. Watch the top twenty during Prize Fest from October 2-4, 2020. The winning filmmaker receives the largest cash prize for a narrative short film in the world – $50,000. Entry deadline for rough cuts – August 11, 2020.
Film Prize Jr. – www.filmprizejr.com
Louisiana students can create their own three to ten minute short film and compete for Film Prize Jr. Teachers can sign up the student work. Students submitted an original script in December. Judging for all completed films occurs from Monday, June 8 – Sunday June 21, 2020 on their website. Winners receive a $5,000 technology grant for their school or educational institution as well as student awards. Entry Deadline was December 20, 2019 for scripts and April 3, 2020 for finished films.
“There was so much excitement surrounding the competition in 2019 that we wanted to open registration immediately to capitalize on that energy,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Film Prize Foundation. “Film Prize Jr. had its first winner from south Louisiana, and, for the first time, a Shreveport resident won the Louisiana Film Prize. We can’t wait to see where our submissions come from for 2020!”
So get those creative juices flowing and maybe we’ll see you on the red carpet for Film Prize or Film Prize Jr. See who won Film Prize 2019 here.
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