Listen up, filmmakers: The Louisiana Film Prize has just announced their fifth year, offering a $50,000 grand prize — the world’s largest cash prize for a short film — plus distribution for the Top 5 films on iTunes and partnering film festivals.
The competition invites directors from
all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition: it must be shot in northwest
Louisiana. Filmmakers can shoot their films from January 12 to July 12, which is the rough cut deadline.
In addition to the Grand Prize, this year’s filmmakers will vie for Founder’s Circle filmmaking grants. The
prestigious $3,000 Founder’s Circle filmmaking grants will be awarded to five of the Top 20 filmmakers. The
Film Prize will also be offering $1,000 cash prizes for best actor and actress.
Speaking about the lunch, Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg said, "It’s amazing to think that we are now in our fifth year of the Film Prize. The incredible part
is to see the influence our competition has had on the indie filmmaking community. Northern Louisiana is now
nationally recognized as a place for filmmaking."