Top 20 for Louisiana Film Prize competition announced

Published 08/12 2014 10:39PM

Updated 08/12 2014 10:48PM

Filmmakers waited anxiously Tuesday night to hear the top 20 entries for the Louisiana Film Prize.

The number one film will win $50,000.

"I don't think any of us would be doing this if it weren't for the staff of the Louisiana Film Prize and them motivating people to create," says Dorothy Kristin Hanna, a Shreveport native.

Judges from across the county narrowed the 105 entries down to 20.

Crystal Woodford's short film “Mother's Day" made the cut.

"I've traveled all around the world, and this is my hometown, so it feels good to actually come home, and to do my own film in my own town," says Woodford.

Kallenberg says the aim of the film prize is to bring creative talent and economic development to the Shreveport/Bossier area.

"In the first two years, we did $2.2 million worth of economic development and in the second year we did $2.8 million,” says Kallenberg. “So I'm anxious to see what this year's numbers bring."

Last year, there were 86 entries. This year, the competition set a record with 105.

"It blew our mind to see as many people come to the Shreveport/Bossier area and take advantage of us as a film captial was something that was incredibly inspiring," says Gregory Kallenberg, founder of the Louisiana Film Prize.

Filmmakers from other states, like Colby Doler and Corey Hammett, say thanks to the hospitality, they'll be back.

"It's got so much film potential,” says Doler. “It's a beautiful place and everybody's nice. We have absolutely no problems getting any locations that we needed, and it was a smooth process and everybody has been great and it's been awesome."

In October, the winner will be selected by you, the moviegoer.

You'll be able to watch all 20 short films, then vote at the festival in downtown Shreveport.

To see the top 20 announced at the Robinson Film Center, click here.

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