Pull out the confetti cannon, it’s almost time for PrizeFest!
Big news on PrizeFest, the area’s gathering of all things fashion, film, food and music. The fest is going to be in person in 2021, is expanding to two weekends and will officially include comedy in its lineup of fun.
Weekend ONE- Friday- Saturday, Sept. 24-25!
FASHION PRIZE- Fri., Sept. 24- Sci-Port Discovery Center
Friday, Sept.24 – The fabulous FASHION PRIZE will strut the catwalk at Sci-Port Discovery Center. This will be a limited ticket event. Only roughly 120 general admission seats will be available and a handful of up-close, front row VIP tickets. Tickets for Fashion Prize are available now and if you are even thinking of going, get a ticket asap.
MUSIC PRIZE- Fri. & Sat., Sept 24-25, The Garage, 212 Market St.
On Friday PrizeFest will host a Music Prize Conference (MP Con) at the Municipal Auditorium for participants in the Music Prize and other area musicians.
The public will get involved on Friday and Saturday for the Music Prize events, both at The Garage, 212 Market St. Ten musical acts announced in August will perform over the two nights. As with all of the fests, the audience plays a big role in choosing the winner, who will receive $10,000. Tickets are available now.
Take a break, take a breath, it’s on to Weekend 2: Sept. 30- Oct. 2!
FILM PRIZE- Thurs. Sept. 30- Sat. Oct. 2, Various Locations
Film Prize rolls in on weekend 2 at various venues around downtown Shreveport, including, but not limited to: Central ARTstation, Robinson Film Center, Studio 616 (Texas St.) and a brand new BIG TOP tented venue with a giant LED screen and surround sound, which will be located in the middle of Texas Street.
Because there is the breathing room with two weekends, Film Prize will host an Opening Night Party featuring the public, film casts and filmmakers on Thursday night, Sept. 30. Films will show on screens at various venues on Thursday through Saturday. Three important things to note:
- The Top Twenty films will be announced on August 12.
- The winner gets $25,000, the largest cash prize for a short film given anywhere.
- Film Prize will also be available to watch online if you are uncomfortable or unable to be around crowds.
FOOD PRIZE- Fri. & Sat. Oct. 1-2, The Garage, 212 Market St.
The popular ‘Come and Get It’ meal will be moved to Friday night, and this year, a cast of celebrity chefs will team up with the local chefs who will be announced next week.
On Saturday, the celebrity chefs will present a Lunch Sampler for ticket holders. Both of these events will be held at The Garage, 212 Market Street, and tickets are limited.
COMEDY PRIZE- Sat., Oct. 2, Location TBA
New to the Prize family in 2021 is the official Comedy Prize! There was a popular comedy showcase in 2019, but this will be the first year of inclusion in judging/awards. Five comedians will do a standup routine in front of a live audience as they are being judged by national talent scouts. The winner receives $1000. Registration is still open for Comedians!
Did we mention that tickets are available and some (Food, Fashion) will be very limited? Do not wait. Any and all of these will be an experience to remember!
VIVA LA PRIZE!
July 13, 2021
Some big news from Downtown’s Prize Fest family!
Meanwhile, the Louisiana Prize Foundation is celebrating a huge win for film-making statewide. The foundation has been awarded a $203,050 grant from Louisiana’s new Entertainment Development Fund to expand the annual Louisiana Film Prize and develop a film training program in Louisiana high schools.
“The Prize Foundation has been a creative force in Northwest Louisiana for several years now,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “The Louisiana Film Prize is nationally recognized for celebrating our state’s innovative feature and documentary filmmakers. The development of Film Prize Junior in Louisiana schools is an exciting addition to this worthy endeavor. We look forward to the advances the Prize Foundation will make with this award from our new Entertainment Development Fund.”
The grant will support both the nationally recognized Louisiana Film Prize and its student offshoot, Film Prize Junior. The goal of both programs is to develop a sustainable, indigenous filmmaking community in the state while simultaneously stimulating economic development in Louisiana’s Northwest Region. The Entertainment Development Fund, administered by Louisiana Economic Development, was launched earlier this year.
“This grant is a benchmark moment for the Louisiana Film Prize and Film Prize Junior,” said Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg of the Prize Foundation. “This is a validation of our decade committed to energizing the creative economy in our beloved state, and these funds will further help women, men and students create films and bolster the Prize Foundation’s dream of building an indigenous filmmaking community across Louisiana.”
The grant will be used to provide hand-on training, resources and mentorship opportunities with industry professionals as well as a strong curriculum to provide developing directors and producers the skills needed to manage and organize cast and crew teams. In addition, the grant will fund scholarships for student and professional filmmakers.