By Madeline Raynor | Indiewire June 24, 2013 at 4:32PM
Louisiana Film Prize announced today that Avi Lerner, independent filmmaker and co-owner of Shreveport’s Millennium Studios, will receive the "Big Chief" Award, which honors an industry professional who has supported filmmaking in Louisiana.
The name of the award comes from the leader of the Mardi Gras Indians, called the Big Chief. In Mardi Gras lore, the “Big Chief” is the man who is responsible for choosing the parade route and guiding his followers through the celebration.
Lerner is the Chairman and co-founder of Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. Many of Lerner’s films have been shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area, including "Iceman," "The Expendables," and "Olympus Has Fallen."
"Through his creativity, acumen and tenacity, Mr. Lerner has helped transform Louisiana into Hollywood South," said Louisiana Film Prize Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg. "He has turned on a beacon in our state and the film industry has followed that beacon."
The Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival invites filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a short film under one condition--it must be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area. This year’s festival will take place October 3–6, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The 2013 Louisiana Film Prize jury, a combination of film industry executives, filmmakers, and press, will be announced later this summer.