Since its inception in 2012, the Louisiana Film Prize
has become a sought-after accolade for up-and-coming directors, and its generous purse is one reason why. Now director Gregory Kellnberg has teamed up with Fuel Film's David Merrill to bring a version of the short film competition to the Bluff City.
“We are incredibly excited to bring the Film Prize to one of my favorite cities in the country,” says Gregory Kallenberg,founder and Executive Director of the Film Prize Foundation. “Memphis has an amazing vibe and has a rich history inindependent filmmaking. We can’t wait to see the amazing work that will come out of the Memphis FIlm Prize.”
Tonight, a party at Local on the Square, Memphis Film Prize
will celebrate the inaugural call for entries announcement. Filmmakers have until June 14 to submit a rough cut of their short film, which will vie on for a $10,000 prize and a chance to go to Shreveport for the Louisiana Film Prize competition, which carries a grand prize of $50,000. The Memphis competition will be held on August 12-14, in conjunction with the On Location: Memphis film festival.
“The Memphis Film Prize presents a great opportunity for filmmakers and for the city of Memphis, to foster emerging talent and incentivize filmmaking while continuing to expand a network of film industry connections started by the Louisiana Film Prize.” says David Merrill of FuelFilm.
The kickoff party is tonight at Local on the Square at 6 PM.