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Louisiana Film Prize Awards Grand Prize to Short ‘True Heroes’

Louisiana Film Prize Awards Grand Prize to Short 'True Heroes'

On Sunday October 12, the Louisiana Film Prize announced its winners for 2014, the prize’s third annual year. Among the prizes was the $50,000 grand prize — one of the biggest sums awarded worldwide for a short film.

The prize’s Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg announced the big winner, which was selected by a mixture of audience and celebrity judge votes. The winning film was “True Heroes” by Chris Genucheau of New Orleans.

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“We feel very lucky today. The talent on display this year’s Louisiana Film Prize has elevated us to a world class competition,” said Kallenberg, who went on to  highlighted the strong film presence in the state of Louisiana. “It’s amazing how the Film Prize has been able to plant a flag for country’s independent filmmakers…this is an example of how northwest Louisiana is becoming a beacon for all creative industries.”

All of the Top 5 finishers will get their shorts distributed through iTunes, via Shorts International. They also receive multiple, automatic U.S. festival appearances. Here is the full list of the top 5:

“True Heroes,” dir. Chris Ganucheau
“Snip,” dir. Eric Rippetoe
“Lovable,” dir. Erica Silverman and Zac Taylor
“A Bird’s Nest,” dir. Chrstine Chen”
“Based on Rosenthal,” dir. Stephen Kinigopoulos

Special prizes include $3,000 Founder’s Circle Filmmaking Grants, awarded to:

“#TheFutureIsCrowdFunded,” dir. Mindy Bledsoe
“Lovable,” dir. Erica Silverman and Zac Taylor
“Based on Rosenthal,” dir. Stephen Kinigopoulos
“True Heroes,” dir. Chris Ganucheau
“Addam,” dir. Alex Nystrom.

This is the first year with Best Actress and Actor Awards. The $1,000 prize went to Chelsea Bryan of “Angel of Joy” and James Palmer of “Snip.”

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