Aired Tuesday, October 1 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg about the 2nd annual Louisiana Film Prize Festival which opens this Thursday, October 3 in downtown Shreveport. 20 Films will be screened throughout the weekend and numerous other events will fill out the festivities. For more information you can visit them on the web at LA Film Prize. See previews for the top 20 films here.
Twenty filmmakers have advanced in the Louisiana Film Prize contest vying for a $50,000 prize that will be handed out in October. It is the second year of the short film contest that is expected to draw 3,000 movie buffs to downtown Shreveport for the festival weekend.
Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize in Shreveport say this year’s entries are mostly coming from filmmakers outside the Bayou State. Executive director Gregory Kallenberg expects another big turnout for the festival weekend in October when a panel of judges and the audience decide which film will receive a $50,000 cash payout. He anticipates about 80 entries this year, on par with the first year of the 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.
Bill Beckett talks with Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director of the LA Film Prize 2012 Festival about the events this weekend at the Robinson Film Center, the Capri, and Artspace. 20 films will be shown in numerous viewings over the festival weekend. Opening Ceremonies begin Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome to the filmmakers and to festival-goers. At 7:00 p.m. there is a Street Party with Special Musical Guests Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Engine. For full details visit LA Film Prize 2012 here.