Louisiana Film Prize announces top 20 filmmakers

Shreveport, Louisiana — SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - The Louisiana Film Prize announced its top 20 finalist filmmakers that will compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

During the live celebration at the Robinson Film Center on August 18th, the 20 finalists were announced. This is the 11th year the award-winning film prize, Louisiana Film Prize, is returning to Shreveport. The second week of Prize Fest 2022 begins on October 20 to 22nd, the grand prize winner will be determined, as always, by a unique combination of voting from audience members and judges composed of film and industry veterans, tastemakers, and celebrities. The grand prize winner will be announced during a private brunch on October 23.

“This year was our largest, most diverse year for films made for the Film Prize and the Film Prize finalists are a reflection of that,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Prize Foundation. “We are so proud to show these films at Prize Fest in October and show off the amazing that was done by this national group of independent filmmakers.”


  • “Addie and the Lightning Bugs” directed by Alexander Jeffrey - In the damp heat of a southern summer, a young girl finds out that her family is moving to a new city. As Addie hatches a plan to stay put, she seeks solace in the mysterious lightning bugs in her backyard.
  • “Bamber Bridge” directed by Mark D. Bonner - During WW2 a young black servicemen stationed in Europe meets a longtime white pen pal in the British Royal forces that ultimately ignites a race fueled fight between American MP’s and black serviceman during the height of Jim Crow and race riots back in the states.
  • “Betty Lou had a Son” directed by David Long - A struggling musician is forced to care for his spirited mother suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
  • “Canary” directed by Marion Forbes - Hazel is inspired to create a piece of art for the first time in a long time, but she finds the harder she concentrates on her work the more unresolved grief over her last relationship gets in the way.
  • “Cosmic” directed by Calvin O’Neal Jr. - As Dez makes preparations for an anniversary dinner, his girlfriend’s past returns to ruin the night.
  • “Credit” directed by Patrick & Susan Kirton - An older, out-of-work actor meets a young up-and-coming star.
  • “The Crying Bull” directed by Gio March - A depressed Spanish Matador decides to turn his life around after the dead of his controlling Father.
  • “The Cut” directed by Camille Gladney - A mother and child grapple with growing pains when eighteen-year-old Summer asks for a very special graduation present.
  • “Day of the Deb” directed by Rachel Whittle & Matthew Garvin - The looming apocalypse forces a broken-hearted man to come to terms with the woman who left him.
  • “Emmanuel 9″ directed by Aaron L. Williams - Henderson’s valiant efforts to create a better life for his daughter come to a head when he finds himself face to face with an active shooter.
  • “In the Closet” directed by Finnegan Collins - When her ex is late and her date is early, Miranda experiences the perfect storm for an awkward afternoon.
  • “The Mover of Things” directed by Hannah Roark - Bouche loves to visit her grandmother’s house, where she’s allowed to move her “B-nana’s” things around, shaping the reality they both inhabit.
  • “Notes on the War” directed by Stephen Joshua Martin - Desperate to pay off old debts, Hoff finds himself working as a chicken farmer on a retired blues guitarist’s farm. When the livelihood of the farm is threatened by a mysterious chicken virus, the two men do everything they can to prevent the destruction of the flock by government forces.
  • “Peeping Todd” directed by Josh Munds - Todd loves doing one thing... peeping. When a late night peep session goes awry, his hopes of peeping may soon be dashed if he doesn’t take matters into his own hands.
  • “Please Scream Inside Your Heart” directed by Jaya & Jacob McSharma - A doctor has to sit down with her boss after standing up for what she believes in
  • “Rising Dawn” directed by Monique Morton Derouselle - An insecure high school senior is challenged to step up to the plate and perform a show-stopping baton solo to win the battle of the bands for her school.
  • “Ruminant” directed by Jeremy Enis - Following her mother’s death, Alexia — now alone, and more vulnerable than ever - will have to face the dark secret of her small, insular community.
  • “Strangers in Common” directed by Carlos Jimenez - Two heartbroken strangers spend the night roleplaying as each other’s cheating spouses to imagine how they met.
  • They Grow Up So Fast” directed by John Beach -When Brian meets Amy after a night out on the town, things move a little faster than he anticipated.
  • “Unicorn Poop” directed by Lorna Street Dopson - A girl makes a deal with the monster in her closet.

In order to qualify for the Louisiana Film Prize, filmmakers created a short film of 5-15 minutes in which the production was shot in the state of Louisiana. The winning filmmaker will be voted by the public and a panel of film industry judges. The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, the cash prize is doubled to $50,000 if the film was shot in Caddo Parish.

In addition to the grand prize, the Top 5 films will receive $1,000 cash each. Up to five films will be awarded a $3,000 reimbursable grant toward a film project for the 2023 Louisiana Film Prize Competition. Additionally, cash awards will be given to both “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” winners. To date, the Film Prize Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in cash to independent filmmakers.

For more information about the festival and to purchase passes, visit prizefest.com.

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and attended Southwood High School. She's a professional, self-taught local artist and is now one of KSLA’s digital content producers.