by Ken Korman
The first annual Louisiana Film Prize is now accepting submissions for the chance to win $50,000 for an independently produced, live-action narrative film between five and 15 minutes long. The catch, especially for New Orleans filmmakers? Your film has to be shot in the Shreveport-Bossier City area—no exceptions, and you have to be able to prove it. All post-production, music, effects, etc. can be done right here in New Orleans as nature intended.
It costs $50 to register each film "concept" for the contest. Rough cuts are due on July 9, final cuts on Sept 14. Twenty finalists wil each receive $500 and the chance to return to Shreveport for Louisiana Film Prize weekend, Oct 5-7, where the big prize will be handed out. Full rules and regulations are here, and registration details are here.
The winner will be determined via a 50/50 split between the Official Jury and audience voting. There's one audience vote with each purchase of a festival pass. Amazingly, the rules say this:
"We encourage filmmakers to bring their friends, family, and anyone they can find on the street to buy a ticket to the LA Film Prize Weekend and vote for their film. We encourage the finalists to hold parties, pass out fliers, grab people off the street. It’s up to you, but the more people that vote for your film, the more likely you are to win."
How many New Orleanians can you squeeze into a mini-van?
This Friday, April 6, the New Orleans Film Society and Cineworks will sponsor a New Orleans kickoff party for the Louisiana Film Prize at 12 Bar, 608 Fulton Street in the CBD, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Best to start shmoozing jurors as soon as possible.