Courtesy-Wiley College,/Marshall, TX

Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and the Nate Parker Film Foundation have launched the first annual Nate Parker Summer Film Institute to help promote diversity in the film industry.



Kate Archer Kent

Over the past few weeks, a number of small film crews have taken to the streets of Shreveport. They’ve been shooting all around northwest Louisiana, like in a vacant former restaurant in the Highland neighborhood. They’re making short films – that must be shot locally – to enter into this year’s Louisiana Film Prize contest.

The Louisiana Film Prize, the first of its kind, wil be decided this weekend as audiences view the 20 finalist short films that were shot in Shreveport-Bossier. Creator Gregory Kallenberg says the $50,000 grand prize turned heads, and the audience participation is a new twist in the film festival world.

Screenwriter Jeff Albert will begin pre-production later this summer on the $15 million feature film "The Pendant." This will be Albert's first filmmaking experience in Louisiana. He says he was lured by the state's film tax credits. He chose to shoot in Shreveport because it's out of the hurricane zone.

Registrations are streaming in for the first ever Louisiana Film Prize. The contest got under way this month. The winner will receive $50,000. The one contest rule is that the short film must be shot in Shreveport-Bossier.