Louisiana Film Prize

Kate Archer Kent

Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize kicked off the fifth year of the contest Tuesday at Artspace in Shreveport. The Film Prize, with its hallmark $50,000 purse, is expected to continue to grow in the independent filmmaking world.

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Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize narrowed the field of films vying for the $50,000 prize to 20 finalists during an event Tuesday evening at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport. The contest is in its third year.

The filmmakers had to shoot their short film in northwest Louisiana to be eligible. Louisiana Film Prize creator Gregory Kallenberg thanked the filmmakers for entering their work.

Filmmakers in the running for the Louisiana Film Prize are beginning to assemble in Shreveport to promote their films during the weekend festival. Twenty short films are vying for the $50,000 cash prize. Memphis filmmakers Christopher Raines and Candace McGowen caravanned to Shreveport with a crew in June to shoot their film “5ive Courses.”  Now in the finals, McGowen said, she’s feeling a gamut of emotions.

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.

Louisiana Film Prize

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.