This past weekend, Oct. 5-7, downtown Shreveport hosted the inaugural Louisiana Film Prize. Three venues presenting around-the-clock film screenings of the 20 short films selected as finalists, street parties featuring free, live music, and street vendors selling everything from hot tamales to vinyl records were a few of the most exciting elements of the festival. Moviegoers voted for the winner, with audience votes accounting for 50% and the opinion of a panel of judges making up the other 50%. In the end, the Shreveport-based team of filmmakers who created the hilarious western/comedy hybrid “The Legend of Luther Anderson” took home the $50,000 top prize.
During the festival, downtown Shreveport’s West Edge Arts District came alive as crowds of moviegoers moved from one venue to another, stopping to shop or dine along the way. Live music poured out of every nook and cranny, and music lovers could “hop” from one concert to another, all of the way from the head of Texas Street to Festival Plaza, where the 37th Annual Red River Revel kicked-off on Saturday.
The hard-working team who produced the Louisiana Film Prize are already busy planning the 2013 event. If you missed out on the fun this time around, here are some handy links that you may want to follow as next year’s event takes shape:
The Louisiana Film Prize on Twitter – The first place to find breaking news and updates about the festival.
The LAFP on Facebook – Incredible photos from this year’s event and helpful hints about how to be a part of the fun.
The LAFP website – A clearing-house for info related to entering the annual contest, producing your film in Shreveport-Bossier, or attending the festival weekend.