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Louisiana Filmmakers and Actors Celebrate Short Films at Awards Event

Louisiana Filmmakers and Actors Celebrate Short Films at Awards Event

A celebration took place in downtown Shreveport on Tuesday evening.

July 9 was the last day for filmmakers to submit their final projects for consideration in the 2024 Film Award competition.

In the dim lights of Straycat, filmmakers and actors gathered to celebrate the completion of their short films. Gabriela Quinones, an actress from Lake Charles, Louisiana, said, “It’s really cool that there’s an event where everyone gets together and celebrates the end of production.”

Chris Lyons, director of the Louisiana Film Prize, said, “at the end of the day, we just want people to enjoy life and the art that they create together.”

The Film Prize has been held at the event since 2012, and over the years the festival has changed names but has always remained the same. From the beginning, the event offered filmmakers the opportunity to submit their films until the end, at midnight.

Lyons said, “because we let them give up until the end. We thought, well, if we’re going to be here in the office, we might as well have a party.”

Submissions submitted July 9 will be considered for the October festival. Lyons said the top 20 films will be announced at a ceremony at the Robinson Film Center on Aug. 9.

During this month-long break, filmmakers are encouraged to continue working on their projects. Lyons said that “once selected as finalists, the top 20 films will have just one month from the announcement to submit their festival cut, which will compete for a $50,000 cash prize.”

Last year’s winner Monique Morton Derouselle said, “it’s exciting to be here to support other filmmakers, even though I don’t have a film this year… I’m just here to congratulate everyone else.”

Derouselle directed The Candy Lady, which tells the story of Debra, a neighbor candy vendor whose peaceful day is disrupted when she unknowingly awakens a magical typewriter that makes all of her stories come true.

This year’s Film Awards ceremony will take place October 17-19. One filmmaker will be the lucky winner of a $50,000 cash prize.

More: Film Prize is hosting its 13th annual Kick-Off Party at Remington Garage on Wednesday evening.

Makenzie Boucher is a reporter at the Shreveport Times. Contact her at [email protected].