Young filmmakers shine at Film Prize Jr.

See the future stars and producers

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Student filmmakers and their teachers have spent the past year writing, recording and editing some amazing short films for Film Prize Jr. It’s the South’s largest student film festival. For 2022, an impressive and record breaking 83 films were submitted from 48 Louisiana schools.

The awards will be broken up into a Middle School and High School categories. Festival attendees can help choose the Audience Choice Award. The high school that wins receives $3,000 in prizes ($1,000 for middle school). Your votes also help to select the Genre Awards for the best in Stop Motion/Animation, Sci-Fi/Horror, Documentary/PSA, Comedy and Drama films. A professional jury will also watch and judge the films. There’s also the Founder’s Circle Grant, Top 5 Film, and the Grand Prize Winner awards.

“This year represents a rebirth for Film Prize Junior,” said Shadi Darzeidan, Director of Film Prize Junior. “The pandemic challenged us to pivot into a virtual festival for the past two years, and it expanded our reach to parts of the state who didn’t know about us. Now we are able to offer both virtual and in-person experiences to provide a broader platform for Louisiana students to share their stories in a more meaningful way.”

Related Topic: If you’re an aspiring filmmaker (young or old), you can find great videos filled with ideas and tips from directors, writers and editors on the Film Prize Jr., website. For the grown up filmmakers, there’s still time to submit for Film Prize.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.