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Prize Fest 2021 – 10 Years of Fun and Growing!

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Prize Fest celebrates 10 years of film, music, food, fashion and comedy in 2021. What started as a simple short film festival one weekend has now blossomed into two weekends of incredible competitions that’s putting Shreveport on the international stage. This year, the fests takes place from September 24 through October 3, 2021.

NEW COVID-19 INFORMATION – In a statement release on August 24 they say, “Prize Fest, the award-winning celebration of film, food, music, fashion, and comedy, will require all attendees, artists, staff, and volunteers to provide either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend in-person this year. For those not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours of the first day of each weekend in order to enter festival events. “We want to provide the safest experience we can for our attendees, creative competitors and staff,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Prize Foundation. “My hope is that this requirement will help make our festival safe and allow people to focus on having a good time at Prize Fest.” Prize Fest will require guests to present proof of vaccination — a vaccination card or a printed or digital copy of it — or a negative test along with photo ID to receive a wristband in order to obtain festival passes. The festival will also require masks in any indoor spaces, staying in line with Louisiana’s current statewide mask mandate.”

Prize Fest 2021

It’s the Prize that started it all! Twenty short films compete to win the Louisiana Film Prize $25,000 grand prize . It’s the largest cash prize for a short film in the world. You can view the films online or at one of the various locations in Shreveport-Bossier (locations TBA). Something new this year will be the Big Top, a new outdoor viewing venue. These short films are Louisiana and Northwest Louisiana based films.

Prize Fest 2021

Lots of bands signed up hoping to win $10,000. The semifinals conclude on August 1st. You can go now and watch the bands and vote for 5 finalists. Five more finalists will be selected by industry judges. The finalists perform on the open air Music Prize Stage on September 24-25. New this year is the MPCon. Musicians and bands will be invited to the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium for two half days of industry-led panels and workshops.

This year, celebrity chefs come to town and join local chefs at the Come and Get It experience for the Louisiana Food Prize. In teams of two, they will prepare a dish and those who attend will get to vote for the Golden Fork winner. Also in 2021 will be the Celebrity Chef Demo Lunch. Tickets for these go fast.

Six fashion designers showcase their finest on the runway at Sci-Port Discovery Center in 2021 to win the $2,500 Louisiana Fashion Prize. Designers also receive mentorship workshops, professional critiques and more.

It’s the newest prize on the Prize Fest block: The Louisiana Comedy Prize. Five comedians battle it out with their own 7-9 minute set and the act judged the funniest wins $1,000 cash prize. If you’re a comedian, you can still register until August 9, 2021.

Prize Fest 2021

Merchandise and event tickets are on sale now for Prize Fest 2021. For some of the events, tickets go quickly so don’t delay! Purchase tickets here.

“The expansion of our festival, with two weekends and five Prizes, is a big deal,” said Gregory Kallenberg, executive director of the Prize Foundation. “Our intention is to bring Prize Fest back to the streets in a big, bold and bawdy way, and we can’t wait to raise a glass with all the Prize fans!”

Viva La Film Prize!

Related Topic: Film Prize Jr. awards came out earlier this year. See which local school won here.