It’s a wrap! The Top 20 Films of 2021 have been announced at a night filled with raw nerves, happy faces, perspiration and tequila. It was a hot night on the rooftop deck at the Remington Suite Hotel, but an exceedingly exciting one for filmmakers, actors and supporters of the Louisiana Film Prize, celebrating its 10th year downtown.

“This year’s Louisiana Film Prize competitors are, across the board, the best we’ve ever had,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Prize Foundation. “We can’t wait for everyone to be a part of this year’s Film Prize and see the amazing work of these independent filmmakers.”

The Film Prize portion of the event known as Prize Fest will happen the weekend of Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, and will feature a variety of viewing options, parties, interviews with filmmakers and more. Tickets for the event(s) are on sale now, and we encourage you not to wait. Many of the popular options will sell out long before the first film rolls.

One of the Top Twenty finalists will win  a $25,000 grand prize, the richest for a narrative short film in the world. That winner will be determined by a combination of audience and judge votes and will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 3. Filmmakers from Louisiana, California, Washington, D.C., Arkansas and North Carolina made the cut, but each and every one had to come to Louisiana to shoot their films in order to qualify for the competition.

And the winners are:

Louisiana Film Prize 2021 Top 20 Films and Filmmakers

The Adventures of Cheeto and One-Eyed Booger
Directed by Drew Wheeler

Amber the Acrobat
Directed by Abigail Kruger

Directed by Jency Hogan

Directed by Benjamin Donnellon

Hard Up
Directed by Kari Kennon

Directed by Blayne Weaver

Directed by Alexander Jeffery

I’ll Follow You
Directed by Vernae Thompson

Directed by Matthew Carona

Last Day
Directed by Rich Hansil

Directed by Melissa Moore

Moonlight Dancer
Directed by Gray Fagan

Nana Ki Dum
Directed by Jaya and Jacob McSharma

Pictures of the Sky
Directed by Reece Roark

Promises of Snow
Directed by Matthew Ramsaur

Shreveport Son
Directed by Mark Bonner

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Directed by Ian MacFadyen

Directed by Josh Munds

Directed by Virginia Tucker

We’ve Got Your Six
by Danny Zanelotti

Thursday, Aug. 19 at 8pm, Prize Fest will announce the finalists for Louisiana Music Prize, a $10,000 award that will be given out on weekend #1, Sept. 24-25. Join them for this livestream announcement at: