Did you know that one of my favorite events to attend each year has a little brother?

Each year as a part of Louisiana Film Prize, we see filmmakers from all across the country travel to Northwest Louisiana to shoot a short film and compete to win $50,000. Last year's winner was from El Dorado, Arkansas. Well, now there is an extension of the Film Prize that is strictly for high school students. It's called Louisiana Film Prize Jr. and if you'r a teenager who lives in or can get to Northwest Louisiana, you can compete too!

The event's inaugural event is already in the books, but you can plan on competing next year.

According to the Shreveport Times, Brandon Armstrong of Green Oaks Performing Academy was the winner this year with his short titled "I for Isolation" He received a digital media grant worth $5,000 (which goes to his school) and $1,000 for the school to celebrate the win with a party. In addition, $1,000 was awarded to Stephen Scarlato who mentored Brandon and his team.

The winning film was determined by audience vote and a panel of Film Prize finalists from previous years. 24 films were submitted in the first year for Film Prize Jr. This was double what was expected. I would not be surprised if that number doubled again next year.


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