Louisiana Film Prize Announces Finalists for $50,000 Grand Prize

Photo Credit: LA Film Prize
August 16th, 2013




Top winners will receive distribution through Shorts International on iTunes And will also screen at Dallas VideoFest, Sync Up Fest, and Hollywood Shorts Fest, and OnLocation Memphis


Winners to be Awarded at the

Second Annual Louisiana Film Price Festival Weekend,

October 4-6, 2013



Shreveport, LA – In front of an overflowing crowd and online audience from all over the country, Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg and Festival Director Chris Lyon announced the 20 finalists for the second annual Louisiana Film Prize. The films will be shown at the The Louisiana Film Prize Festival Weekend (www.LAFilmPrize.comOctober 4-6, 2013 in Shreveport, LA. The winner will take home a $50,000 cash grand prize, one of the world’s largest cash prizes for a short film.


New this year, the top five films will receive distribution through Shorts International on iTunes and will also screen at Dallas VideoFest (Dallas), Sync Up Fest (New Orleans), Hollywood Shorts Fest (Los Angeles), and OnLocation Memphis (Memphis). They will also receive $15,000 in filmmaking grants. The Louisiana Film Prize 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.


The grand prize winner will be chosen based on the votes of a panel of expert judges from all over the country and the festival audience. In true Louisiana style, finalists are encouraged to heavily promote their film and enlist support from friends, family, and the public to heighten their chances of winning. The complete list of filmmakers and their films is below.


"This was an amazing year for us," said Gregory Kallenberg, founder of the Louisiana Film Prize. "Filmmakers from all over the country came to northwest Louisiana and created incredible pieces of work. These men and women really took the Louisiana Film Prize to another level. I'm thrilled to say that we are quickly becoming the preeminent film competition in the country and a place people think about when they think about independent film."


The Louisiana Film Prize had close to 80 registrations from all over the nation, with 70% of entries from outside of Louisiana. The participating films utilized over 700 people in cast and crew. Also, the participating films injected over $2.5 million into the area (the payment of cast, crew, food, lodging and equipment).


The film community in Louisiana has rapidly expanded, with more than 100 films and television shows shooting on location in the past 5 years. Recent shoots have included Olympus Has Fallen, The Iceman, The East, and Dark Places, to name a few. Shreveport-Bossier provides great locations at low cost, as well as four sound stages, full grip/electric rental facilities, local camera rentals, experienced crew, and a wide base of talent. Shreveport is also home to Moonbot Studios, who recently won their first Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.


Visit www.lafilmprize.com to learn more information about the Louisiana Film Prize contest and festival.



Title: “5ive Courses”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Christopher Raines

From: Cordova, TN

Synopsis: “5ive Courses” is a short film about Ross and Beth going on their 2 year anniversary date. Beth winds up breaking up with Ross at the very beginning of dinner, and Ross winds up going through all 5 stages of grief, one at every course of their 5 course dinner.


Title: “Cabbie”

Genre: Thriller

Director: Brian C Miller Richard

From: New Orleans, LA

Synopsis: An aspiring writer who has become stuck behind the wheel of a cab picks up a fare that changes her life forever.

Title: “Clowns & Robbers”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Evan Falbaum

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: Marvin hates his job as a birthday clown until a group of incompetent robbers recruit him for their next heist.

Title: “Curators, The”

Genre: Drama

Director: Jeffrey H. Hunter

From: Plano, TX

Synopsis: Since a sports related injury, ex high school baseball standout, Jeremy Sims' life has

spiraled out of control. Now overcome by his vices, he can't imagine things getting worse, until he gets kidnapped by three masked abductors causing things to take a drastic life-threatening change for the worse.

Title: “El Gato”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Chris Ganucheau

From: Covington, LA

Synopsis: A man is living a ho-hum life with his girlfriend when he gets a cat and things begin to look up. The girlfriend’s jealousy is sure to rage. What will happen in this cross-species love triangle?


Title: “Elysian Equation, The”

Genre: Scifi

Director: Eric White

From: Conway, AK

Synopsis: “The Elysian Equation” is a story about an obsessed scientist working to get a mysterious machine to activate. He refuses to listen to reason from his former mentor and must choose his own fate.


Title: “Hummingbird, The”

Genre: Drama

Director: Dorothy Kristin Hannah

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: “The Hummingbird” is a short film that describes the feelings, after one says, “I Promise”, but becomes a victim to sleeping in the bed that one has made, no matter how miserable it gets.

Title: “Last Call”

Genre: Found Footage

Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos

From: New Orleans, LA

Synopsis: A documentary film crew follows the day-to-day life of an elderly couple living in the world, post zombie apocalypse.


Title: “Lineman”

Genre: Drama

Director: Benjamin Weiss

From: Los Angeles, CA

Synopsis: “Lineman” is the story of the men and women who keep the power on. We follow Gage through the eyes of his girlfriend, Kira, as he discovers if he has what it takes to become a lineman, and ultimately, a man.


Title: “Necrophilia: A Love Story”

Genre: Romance

Director: Michael Millichamp

From: Dallas, TX

Synopsis: A heartbroken man digs up his deceased ex-lover, expecting to have one last moment with her, which turns into something much more.


Title: “Patience”

Genre: Drama

Director: Lucas Ridley

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: A cancer patient navigates the last two days before his pet scan results reveal if the chemotherapy treatment has worked.

Title: “Red River Ode”

Genre: Drama

Director: Corey Hammett, J. Colby Doler

From: Grantville, GA

Synopsis: Set in the summer of 1918, a lone prisoner escaped from the chain gang finds solitude in the forest away from his captors, using the wood as cover as long as he can until he realizes all is not as it seems past the edge of the trees.


Title: “Ruby and the Dragon”

Genre: Thriller

Director: Phillip Jordan Brooks

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: Ruby spends her days in a fairytale world of princesses and dragons. That world collides with reality when tragedy strikes and her father falls into a deep depression. Now it’s up to her to take care of him.


Title: “Running Girl”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Christopher Dickerson

From: Los Angeles, CA

Synopsis: “Running Girl” is a story about a guy who falls for every girl he sees. One day, he sees a beautiful girl run by his house. Now it is up to him to chase her down. A classic boy meets girl… but he hasn't met her yet.

Title: “Samson”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Chris Armand, Noah Scruggs, Thomas Woodruff

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: Change is inevitable. Some except change with open arms and others try to fight change with a spiteful refute. When his life is unwillingly changing before his eyes, Samson cannot help but change. Now, forced to cope with overwhelming anxiety, Samson is now faced with a life changing change that will change absolutely everything that, deep down, he does not want to change.


Title: “Self Storage”

Genre: Comedy

Director: David Byars

From: Telluride, CO

Synopsis: Jason manages a self storage facility. His sisyphean existence translates into an inner environment of futility. Cleaning the facility's bathroom, he mixes cleaning agents to inadvertently create toxic fumes. Jason is left with a mountain of medical bills, takes up residence in a storage unit, and scrambles to reclaim his life.


Title: “Seventeen Summers”

Genre: Drama

Director: Jessy Williamson

From: Mandeville, LA

Synopsis: Austin is released from prison and sets out on a journey to see if his younger brother held up his end of the bargain.


Title: “Silo”

Genre: Drama

Director: Kyle Clements

From: Baton Rouge, LA

Synopsis: Silo is a story woven in both the past and present, about how just as easily two people can come together, they can be pulled apart. It's a story about holding on, letting go, and how the pressures of the world and our own mind can shape our lives.


Title: “Sound of Trains, The”

Genre: Scifi

Director: Travis Champagne

From: Spring, TX

Synopsis: Jacob, a middle aged hermit, discovers an other-worldly goo that triggers an evening of disturbing events. These events lead to visitations by curious beings, causing Jacob to question his sanity and whether we really are alone in this universe.

Title: “Stall”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Johnathan Kudabeck

From: Shreveport, LA

Synopsis: John's life has sucked ever since he let his girlfriend, Alexis, move away. His stoner, best friend, Mike, isn't much help, he has his own issues to deal with. But with a simple twist of fate, John just might have a chance to get his life out of the toilet.