Friday, June 21, 2024

FILM PRIZE JUNIOR BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD, WINNERS ANNOUNCED

by BPT Staff
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After breaking its attendance record, Film Prize Junior’s 2024 festival
came to a close yesterday during a live broadcasted Awards Ceremony where the winning films
were announced and over $18,000 in scholarships and media grants were awarded. The
festival, presented by the Prize Foundation, was part of Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s
Artbreak! Festival and featured screenings of a record-breaking 96 films from 54 schools across
the state of Louisiana, 42 of which were Title One schools. A diverse group of student
filmmakers from all over the state and their teachers, families, and friends filled the Film Prize
Junior theaters and voted for their favorite films for the Audience Choice winners.

Film Prize Junior is the student version of the Prize Foundation’s independent film program and
competition, the Louisiana Film Prize. Film Prize Junior is open to high school and middle
school students across the state of Louisiana. The competition was created by Tobias
Kallenberg, son of Film Prize founder Gregory Kallenberg, and aims to incentivize students to
become engaged in the collaborative, multidisciplinary art form of filmmaking and creative
entrepreneurship while guiding students through the entire process from screenwriting to
production to marketing of the film.

“We’ve never seen this level of excitement and exuberance for Film Prize Junior, and we
couldn’t have been prouder to watch so many students and their teachers connect over their
films and their creative endeavors,” said Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director and Founder of
the Prize Foundation. “While we congratulate the filmmakers and their educators from Film Prize
Junior 2024, we especially look forward to all these young filmmakers coming back for Film
Prize Junior 2025!”

In addition to viewing and voting for films, the festival featured a virtual red carpet for the student
filmmakers, film industry-led mentorship panels for students and their teachers, and Production
Island, an interactive exhibit hosted by local filmmakers where students were given guided,
hands-on access to cameras as well as lighting and sound equipment. This year’s festival also
offered a free filmmaking masterclass for students. The masterclass featured instruction and
exercises to teach middle school and high school students the art and science of filmmaking.
Experts from the Louisiana Film Prize and a local media educator from Bossier Parish
Community College hosted the day-long summit. For the first time, 2024 saw the addition of a poster design contest, voted on by festival attendees and sponsored by Troubled Muse Studios.

Additional support for the festival was given by Louisiana Economic Development’s
Entertainment Division and Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association.

The awards on Sunday were a standing-room-only affair, filled with students and teachers
cheering on each other as the winners were called by the Film Prize Junior Staff. And the
winners of Film Prize Junior 2024 are…

In the high school division, a panel of industry professionals voted for the Judges’ Choice
Award, which was presented to Briar Jo from Dutchtown High School. The school received a
$1,500 media grant along with $1,000 to the sponsoring teacher and $500 for a student
celebration. The Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film ended in a tie between Breaking
Bread from Caddo Parish Magnet High School and Take the Hint from C.E. Byrd High
School. Each school will receive a $1,500 equipment grant for the school, $500 award for the
sponsoring teacher, and $250 for student celebration.

For the middle school division, the Judge’s Choice Award went to Drought from Southfield
School. The school received a $1,500 media grant along with $1,000 to the sponsoring teacher
and $500 for a student celebration. The Audience Choice Award went to Struggle Bus from
Caddo Middle Magnet, earning a $1,500 equipment grant for the school, $500 award for the
sponsoring teacher, and $250 for student celebration.

Films were also recognized for best in genre. For high school, Best Animation went both to
Briar Jo from Dutchtown High School; Best Comedy to Man’s Best Friend from Caddo
Career and Technical Center; Best Documentary to What is Justice? from The NET Charter
High School (Central City); Best Drama to Take the Hint from C.E. Byrd High School; Best
Sci-Fi/Fantasy to JANUS 3.1 from Louisiana School for Math Science & the Arts; Best
Thriller both to Trapped Inside My Reflection from St. Amant High School.

For middle school, Best Animation went both to Drought from Southfield School; Best
Comedy went to Abby’s First Day from Loreauville High School; Best Documentary to
Chasing Greatness: the Omarion Miller Story from North Caddo Elementary-Middle
School; Best Drama to Release from Ruppel Academie Francaise; Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy to
Fantastic Fear Fighters from Pierre A. Capdau S.T.E.A.M. School; and Best Thriller to
ESCAPE from Harriet Tubman Charter School.

For the Film Poster Contest, the winning poster for the high school division was Briar Jo from
Dutchtown High School, and Struggle Bus from Caddo Middle Magnet won the middle
school division. Each winning poster will earn the student designers honors and a certificate, a
$250 prize for the sponsoring teacher, and a $1500 tech bundle including a Mac Mini and
accessories for the student’s school.

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