Shreveport short film festivals officially open registration for 2020


Following a record-breaking year of attendance and film submissions, filmmakers of all ages are invited to register their projects for the Film Prize Foundation’s Louisiana Film Prize and Film Prize Jr. festivals. Film Prize Jr. is open to any high school age student in the state of Louisiana, while Film Prize has no age or geographical restrictions.

“There was so much excitement surrounding the competition in 2019 that we wanted to open registration immediately to capitalize on that energy,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Film Prize Foundation. “Film Prize Jr. had its first winner from south Louisiana, and, for the first time, a Shreveport resident won the Louisiana Film Prize. We can’t wait to see where our submissions come from for 2020!”

Registration for the Louisiana Film Prize is open now at Filmmakers interested in participating are asked to register their projects online and create an original, narrative short film in the designated filming zone in northwest Louisiana. Submissions will close July 14, 2020. The top twenty films, as selected by an international panel of judges, will be shown Oct. 1-3, 2020, during Prize Fest. The winning filmmaker wins $50,000, the largest cash prize for a narrative short film in the world.

Students interested in participating in Film Prize Jr. can have a teacher or faculty member at their educational institution (or parent for homeschool) sign up at After registering, students will be required to submit an original script in December. Contestants must then make a three to 10 minute short film and submit their completed projects by the deadline of April 3, 2020,. All completed films will be screened during the Artbreak! Festival in April 2020 in Shreveport. The winning film receives a $5,000 technology grant for their school or educational institution as well as awards for the students.

Film Prize Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012. The foundation supports the Louisiana Film Prize, Louisiana Music Prize, Film Prize Jr., Louisiana Food Prize, Louisiana Startup Prize, and Louisiana Fashion Prize. The goal of the Foundation is to educate, energize, and incentivize the local creative community and stimulate the northwest Louisiana economy. Through immersive competitions, educational events, and an annual festival, Prize Fest, the Foundation draws in filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, musicians and designers from across the world to Shreveport and northwest Louisiana.