Prize Fest returns for two weekends

The Prize Foundation is thrilled to announce the lineup of events for their annual Prize Fest, a celebration of film, food, music, fashion, and comedy. Prize Fest 2021 will return to the streets of downtown Shreveport for not one but two weekends. Weekend One (September 24-26) will feature Fashion Prize and Music Prize while Weekend Two (September 30-October 3) will house the Louisiana Film Prize, Food Prize and Comedy Prize. 

“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!” 

The foundation’s flagship event, the Louisiana Film Prize, will feature twenty short films competing for $25,000– the largest cash prize for a short film in the world. Film Prize passholders will have the option to choose from in person or online viewing of the films and will vote on their top favorite films to help choose the winner. The winning film will be announced during an Awards Brunch on October 3. 

Music Prize will host two nights of finalist Showcases along with the first ever Music Prize Conference. The top 10 finalists will be selected by viewers and industry judges from a collection of video submissions from bands across the world, available for viewing and voting from July 23- August 1 at prizefest.com/music. The finalists will take the stage in Shreveport to vie for the $10,000 grand prize. The two half-day conference to be held at the Municipal Auditorium is open to any musician, whether competing or not, and will feature industry-led panels and workshops designed to further develop and elevate attending musicians’ careers. 

Food Prize will host a celebrity chef demo lunch and bring back Come & Get It, a food and beverage experience like no other. This year, Come & Get It will provide incredible tastings created by competing chef teams comprised of one local chef and one visiting celebrity chef. Attendees will vote for their favorite dish, and the winning team will be crowned champions that evening. The local chef winner wins the coveted Golden Fork trophy and $2,500, and the celebrity chef winner gets $1,000 cash. 

Fashion Prize will present a live runway show of the 6 finalists’ collections, the winner walking away with a $2500 grand prize. The newest member of the Prize family, Comedy Prize, will feature live sets from regional comedians competing for $1,000. 

Comedy Prize, our newest Prize, will feature five comedians duking it out in front of renowned talent scouts and comedy executives for $1,000 cash. 

For a complete listing of events and to purchase passes for all Prize Fest events, visit PrizeFest.com.

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