Monday, July 15, 2024

Lights, Camera, Action: Louisiana Film Prize Gears Up for Its 14th Year with Grand Kickoff Event

by BIZ Magazine

The Prize Foundation is set to launch the 14th annual Louisiana Film Prize with a spectacular kickoff event at the Remington Garage (211 Market St) on Wednesday, January 31, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. After a groundbreaking 2023, this year’s free event invites community filmmakers, creative entrepreneurs, actors, crew members, and Prize enthusiasts to come together for a night of networking and celebration.

The kickoff celebration promises to be a night to remember, with a networking mixer for filmmakers and a special recognition of the local creative community. All are welcome to attend this exciting event, showcasing the vibrant filmmaking community in Shreveport.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the Prize Foundation and Bossier Parish Community College’s presentation of the winner of the Golden Lens 2023 photography competition. The Golden Lens challenged photographers nationwide to capture the essence of downtown Shreveport and downtown Bossier City during Prize Fest 2023. Attendees arriving between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm will have the opportunity to view the showcase and cast their vote for the Audience Choice winner. The winners for both the Audience Choice and Judges’ Choice will be revealed later in the evening.

Reflecting on the success of the past year, Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director of the Prize Foundation, shared his excitement, stating, “Last year was a benchmark year for all the things we do. We saw some of our biggest numbers for Film Prize and our other endeavors. We are hoping that this kickoff gets on the same successful path for the organization, activates our creative entrepreneurs, and ultimately, leads to another amazing Prize Fest.”

Registration for the Louisiana Film Prize is currently open at Films competing for the $25,000 prize must be shot in Louisiana, with an enticing grand prize of $50,000 if shot in Caddo Parish. The deadline for rough cuts is July 9, 2024. As an added bonus, filmmaking grant raffle tickets will be distributed during the event, with the raffle drawing set to take place after the rough cut deadline. This initiative aims to provide reimbursable grants for production costs to a select group of filmmakers.

Since its inception in 2012, the award-winning Film Prize has been a driving force in encouraging filmmakers to choose Shreveport and Northwest Louisiana as a filmmaking hub. Over 1000 short films have been created, featuring the work of thousands of creative entrepreneurs and contributing to an impressive $25 million in economic impact.

The Prize Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012, operates six major initiatives year-round: Louisiana Film Prize, Film Prize Junior, Startup Prize, Food Prize, Music Prize, and Fashion Prize. Each initiative involves a qualification process, engagement with economic and cultural resources, an educational component, a public exhibition, and a grand cash prize.

As the excitement builds for the 14th year of the Louisiana Film Prize, filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike eagerly anticipate the creative energy and cinematic brilliance that will unfold in the heart of Shreveport.

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